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I read a thread a very long time ago on the best car seatbelt harness. I can't find the thread now. Suggestions?
Thanks in advance!
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I don't know where the thread is, but I have this one, and it's great:

http://www.champk-9.com/SVSS.htm

I bought the puppy package when kodee was really small - you get a discount on one belt when you buy the puppy size and the adult size at the same time. I have the Big Dog one in yellow moonglow - very heavy duty, easy to put on, and seems to be comfortable for Kodee. He used to wear his in the passenger seat next to me in my minivan. now he is so big, he lays or sits between my drivers seat the passenger seat on the floor. The harness can still buckle to the seatbelt, and reach the floor if he wants.

One thing though - it took me a long time to get my order from this company. I don't know if it was a fluke or not, but it was worth the wait (took about 4 weeks!)

Good luck!

P.S. The photos on their website show the belt that attaches to the harness as fairly long, but it is adjustable. I use ours at about 8" length, depending on where Kodee is sitting, just FYI...
 

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Thank you both. I'm going to go check the sites out now. We're going to rent a small car for a trip this summer so I've got to start looking now.
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Hi there,

I didn't get an actual seat harness for my dog. I just kinda rigged one up for her using a regular harness, a rope, and a carabiner. There is a little hook-thing behind the backrest, so I just slip the rope through and secure my dog.

Here is a pic to give you an idea:


She is tired out from her day out at the beach, so not looking too peppy here.
 

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I would buy one specifically for car travel - make sure it says it's been tested for safety in accidents. Some are sold for car travel, but are only to hold the dog in his seat during normal driving. If you rig one up yourself, or buy one of the cheap ones (like I originally bought at Petco), it would not protect your dog in an accident, which is really the only reason I use one. Kodee sits in his seat just fine, doesn't mess with stuff in the car, but I still buckle him in b/c I want him protected just like me and my kids if we're in an accident. JMHO.
 

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Rough Rider Roadie here. Once you get the hang of putting them on they're pretty slick with minimal hardware and minimal seams. (Seams and hardware are weak points.)
 

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Originally Posted By: SimplySleepieThe only problem I've had with the harness I use in the car (the "easy rider") is that Ghost has figured out how to undo the seatbelt


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Kris,
Are you going to the epup reunion in July? I don't want Ghost telling Oakley how to undo her seatbelt.
I'm checking out the Champion, we'll be doing a lot of hours just driving so we want her comfortable. At 6 months she's in the weight range so I can go ahead and buy one now and she'll never hit 90 lbs. so we should be good. Thanks everyone for your opinions and ideas. I appreciate them.
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I use Champion as well. I stayed on top of their customer service (calling and emailing almost daily) to get my harnesses within a reasonable amount of time. The webbing, stitching, and fasteners are absolutely top-notch in terms of safety. They will withstand a significant accident if necessary. I have no doubts whatsoever.

I did pitch the attachment that they sent and I use a locking carabiner (like climbers use) to attach the harness directly to the seatbelt. It slips right through, and it's easier to attach and detach. This gives my dogs less ability to stand and move around than the length of web that Champion sent, but I don't want my dogs wandering around my car. I want them sitting or lying down, safely. In case of an accident, I want them securely attached to the seats, not flopping around on the end of a tether.

You can get carabiners at any Eastern Mountain Sports or REI, including their online stores.
 

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all seatbelt harnesses still need the seatbelt to be buckled up, right? the ones i have do.

does anyone have any suggestions for a dog that's learnt to undo the seatbelt. EVERYTIME WE'RE IN THE CAR!!!! i love my bratters, but i don't want her loose back there.

i'm thinking i'm going to have to pull the back seat forward and rig something to the frame, then push the seat back again. but if there's an easier way....??????
 

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What kind of car do you have? Dh's Xterra has metal "loops" for tying down equipment (some are just on the back of the seats, but some clip to the frame), so I could clip my dog's harness into one of those loops.). Yeah, the seats would have to ride flat, but that would work.

And this sounds really simple, but in my vehicle, I put towels on my seats 1) to protect the leather and 2)because the seatbelt thingie kind of sticks up and gets in Zamboni's way (and she'd have to lie across the big lumpy thing). So I wrap the towel over and around it AFTER I buckle her in. If you did that, would your dog (Teagan, the too smart one, I'm assuming?) undo the wrap? Or would she just lie on top of it and munch on the delicious bone that you gave her for getting into the car and lying down so nicely? Especially if she had wonderful fresh air blowing in her face even though it's 7 degrees C outside?

I find that fresh air blowing in his face is a great distraction for my sometimes crazy man in the car, even if I'm freezing to death.
 

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i (or rather, my mother) have a honda civic. i've thought about sticking her in a crate, but not sure a GSD-sized travel crate would fit properly in the backseat of a civic.

yup, it's teagan! she's too smart for her own good....she always undoes herself now, i've tried flipping the seatbelt where it does up but that didn't work. she's undone luc twice too!!!! (though he doesn't pull free, he still sits there and everything's on except the belt has been undone.)

while i take luc for trail runs w/out teagan, if teagan's in the car, luc is almost always going to be there too, so bones....could get a little grumpy that close quartered. i've given treats before, but that doesn't last long.

it's a good idea to wrap it with something. currently we've got a seat cover similar to this: http://www.finepetproducts.com/Dog_rear_seat_cover_p/15001.htm
i could still wrap the seatbelt up. that's so simple and logical
 

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no problem lori!

jamie, so you go around the seatbelt itself rather than buckling the tether in? that sounds good, except teagan does it all the time, and i'm worried she'd still go flying. do unbuckled seatbelts lock if there is an accident?
 

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Originally Posted By: jes,mag,misty
Originally Posted By: SimplySleepieThe only problem I've had with the harness I use in the car (the "easy rider") is that Ghost has figured out how to undo the seatbelt


Kris
Kris,
Are you going to the epup reunion in July? I don't want Ghost telling Oakley how to undo her seatbelt.
I'm checking out the Champion, we'll be doing a lot of hours just driving so we want her comfortable. At 6 months she's in the weight range so I can go ahead and buy one now and she'll never hit 90 lbs. so we should be good. Thanks everyone for your opinions and ideas. I appreciate them.
Robbie
I haven't decided if I'm going to the reunion yet or not. It depends on my work schedule and whether or not I get the time off. If I do go, I'll end up renting a car as Ghost takes up the ENTIRE back seat of my car and undoing the seatbelt is getting really annoying
No promises as to whether or not he'll tell Oakley the secret to getting lose in the car or not


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Kris, If we go, I'll be renting a car also...a small one since we have quite a long distance to drive and our vehicles are gas guzzlers. That's why I a need a harness. Tell Ghost I'll bring treats to bribe him not to divulge his seatbelt secret to Oakley.

Robbie
 
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