Recently Echo and I made a road trip to Myrtle Beach for the 2017 BlogPaws Conference! We had a blast at the conference and I was so glad that Echo was able to attend with me. However, our trip included almost 12 hours in the car round trip. Since we would be in the car for so long, I wanted to make sure I kept Echo safe by using a car safety harness.
Why should you use a safety harness in the car? The most obvious case for needing a car safety harness is to protect your dog in the case of a car accident. Dogs can get hurt during accidents and a safety harness can help prevent your dog from going through a window or being thrown about the car. In addition to injury, dogs can get spooked during a car accident. A scared dog can run away into oncoming traffic or become aggressive/ defensive towards EMTs, policemen, and firemen trying to help rescue the humans and dogs involved. Having your dog restrained can prevent that from happening. Another reason to have a car safety harness is to prevent your dog from causing an accident. A loose dog can distract the driver or attempt to get between the driver and steering wheel. This could cause the driver to hit another car or swerve off the road. Overall, finding a way to restrain your dog in the car is very important, for both the safety of the dog, and the safety of yourself and others.
Why did I choose the Solvit Deluxe Car Safety Harness? Keeping my Echo safe is a top priority, so when Solvit approached me to try out their car safety harness, I knew that this trip would be the perfect opportunity. Echo has actually been using this brand of harness since he was a puppy, however he had outgrown the medium sized one we had been using back in the Fall and I had yet to replace it. The Solvit Deluxe Car Safety Harness has been tested for crash safety and for static safety for up to 3000+ pounds to ensure the strength and durability of the harness. You can even download the results of the tests from Solvit’s website! I believe using a car harness that has been tested for durability is very important. If I am trusting my dog’s safety to it, I want to make sure it works!
What are some of my favorite things about the Solvit Deluxe Car Safety Harness? As I mentioned above, I love that it has been tested for safety. However, there are a few features that I love in addition to the safety and durability of the harness. Echo seemed to be very comfortable in the harness. I have tried using other brands of harnesses in the car before, but he would fidget around more and seem very uncomfortable in them. With the Solvit harness, Echo has never had any issues getting comfortable in the car and even taking naps! There is also a metal ring on the back of the harness where I would attach Echo’s leash during potty breaks. While this leash is designed for car safety rather than walking, it seemed to work just fine to walk in. I also took Echo down to the beach while wearing the harness. It did not seem to bother him at all, despite not normally wearing a harness when walking. However, I would probably only use this harness for short walks while traveling since it is designed primarily for car safety.
Overall, I really like the Solvit Deluxe Car Safety harness. I plan to continue to use it for Echo in the car and would highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a safety harness.
What do you do to keep your dog safe in the car? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,
Katie, Gracie, and Echo
Disclosure: A Girl and Her Husky received compensation and a Solvit Deluxe Car Safety Harness to try out in return for an honest review. All images are property of A Girl and Her Husky- please do not use without permission.