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I'm ordering a Rough Rider to evaluate for my big 80# guy. I'm a little skeptical because it's supposed to require a very precise fit (only a few inches of "give" for adjustments). We'll see.
I actually ended up getting the Canine Friendly Safety Harness (RC Products) for the big (80#) guy. It was relatively pricey, but it's simpler to get in and out of than the Roadie, and it's crash tested an an appropriate weight. I'll report back on my thoughts when it arrives. It sells on Amazon for around $67 (compared to about $30 for the Kurgo Enhanced Strength).
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Tests On Dog Harnesses Show 100 Percent Failure Rate CBS Miami

They don't name brands tested, but claim 100% failure rate in crash tests on all.
If you look at my research above, it was in response to that. That's the whole reason for this research escapade!

They tested 4 brands. Since that test, SOME brands are releasing their own independent crash tests on redesigned products, and their own tensile strength tests from independent labs. Others are not doing it. The goal of this thread is to find the GOOD ones--there's been a some movement in this product category since that report came out. The idea is for us to collectively keep track of which companies are being responsible and testing (and ideally, releasing results), and which aren't -- instead of throwing up our hands and saying to heck with car safety.

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Yeah I had a Roadie for my previous dog but I didn't like it because it was too difficult and annoying to put on. Since it was a snug fit it also required me to pull her leg up in an awkward position to put the harness on.


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I've been using the Canine Friendly Safety Harness (RC Products) harness on my large male all summer. I really like it! I think it's worth the extra cost: it's easy to use; it's a heavy, substantial product with a thick, fleece-lined chest-piece; most importantly, it's crash-tested at 75#.

I am neutral on the Kurgo Enhanced-Strength product. I've been using for the smaller dogs. It's okay for my 45# dog, but I like the slide-in metal buckles a lot less than the click-to-connect metal buckle in the Canine Friendly product. The Krugo harness feels less substantial in my hand--I'm also concerned that the chest piece covers a lot less of the dog's body, concentrating more force in a smaller area, as compared to the Canine Friendly product.

Here are some pictures to illustrate the difference (keep in mind the red Kurgo is for a dog under 50#; the silver Canine Friendly is for a much larger dog).










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Sleepypod is coming out with a new dog seatbelt harness that looks really interesting. It was crash-tested to 75 lb dogs and uses a 3-point restraint.

They have more info and videos of testing on their website:
Sleepypod® Safety
Sleepypod® Clickit

They actually designed a new crash test dummy dog for safety testing, also:
Crash test dummy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The Center for Pet Safety is supposed to be releasing their new 2013 data in October:
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  • Over the next few weeks, Center for Pet Safety is compiling the large volumes of data.
  • The collected data will support the first Pet Travel Harness Standard to be completed in the fall.
  • Center for Pet Safety, along with our Harness Study partner, Subaru of America, will announce the top performing harness brands in early October.


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You guys andglas are great! I am just looking for a car harness and these review are just what I need
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October 1, 2013 Wall Street Journal

For Crash-Test Dummy Dogs, Seat Belts A Bust - WSJ.com

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I'm very interested in the Sleepypod Clickit harness. Best thing is it's available locally which I really like and seems to have extremely good reviews

Anyone have personal experience with it?

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I haven't used it but I did get to check it out a bit at a trade show. The only thing I wasn't sure about it is because it's a 3 point attachment, the dog may not be able to move around as much. They only had it on a crash test dummy dog at the show so I didn't see it on a real dog and not sure how much it does restrict... However the 3 point attachment seems to be much more secure and safer than one that allows more movement, so it's a trade off I guess.


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I haven't used it but I did get to check it out a bit at a trade show. The only thing I wasn't sure about it is because it's a 3 point attachment, the dog may not be able to move around as much. They only had it on a crash test dummy dog at the show so I didn't see it on a real dog and not sure how much it does restrict... However the 3 point attachment seems to be much more secure and safer than one that allows more movement, so it's a trade off I guess.
True, mine aren't belted to the point they can't move but they are restricted. The third point being the seatbelt would restrict them more

Definetely something to consider, thanks!

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