Why only one brand of dog travel products stands alone...
The family pet is a beloved member of the household. We buy them special outfits, provide them with a healty diet, clean up their messes, and take them everywhere we go. Why then, do we not care enough to adequately restrain our beloved family members in the car? We strap our children into car seats, but leave our dog free to roam the cabin, slober on the console, and stick its head out of the window.
So, what are the best products available for traveling safely with our canine kids? Surprisingly, there are only two harnesses on the market that have been crash tested and approved by the animal watchdog group, Center for Pet Safety - the Sleepypod Clickit Utility and the Sleepypod Clickit Sport. We met up with some dog rescue organizations with some dog-friendly cars from Subaru and Kia - both known for making cars that are easy for dogs to get in and out of - and tested out the sleepy pod products for ourselves.
According to Lindsey Wolko, founder of CPS, most restraints sold in major pet stores will not keep pets safe in a crash. In fact, 25 of 29 restraints that CPS tested failed the crash test study.
Beyond Sleepypod's high safety standards, these products include many features that actually simplify the experience of traveling with your dog in the car.
Collin, who is posing in front of the new 2016 Kia Sedona, is an 11-month-old mixed lab in need of a home. For his adoption information, visit Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue.