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Old 10-13-2015, 12:12 AM
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Subaru of America and the Center for Pet Safety joint pilot study have garnered some interesting results. Four years of testing leads to overall recommendation of best travel safety products for pets.


If youíre like me, the first thing you do when you hop in the car is buckle up. Aside from being the law, itís become part of our culture Ė we buckle up for safety. Yet in spite of knowing that seatbelts save lives, my feline Shelby was permitted to free range. Yep, she made such a fuss in her cat carrier that I found it easier to let her sit on my lap or roam around the car when I drove. Like everyone else, I considered myself a good parent and it simply never occurred to me that this indulgent action could have placed her in danger. Thankfully, I never had to learn this lesson the hard way.
So while I donít judge when I see pets leaning out car windows, sitting on owners laps or lying in the carís back window as it barrels down a highway, I think we all know there must be a safer way to shuttle our little guys around town.

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I had a retired greyhound that got her collar caught in my mom's wheelchair arms when I suddenly had to stop. The noise of that grey's screaming brought the driver of the car in front (I had just tapped it!) . She thought the screaming was my Mom! I was able to reach across and pull the dog off the wheelchair arm. So much for not having her harnesssed in!
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As far as I know, Sleepypod products are the only ones really crash tested. We discussed it on the child car seat forums I am part of.
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I think Pup Saver is crash tested. I'm thinking about getting one. Mine don't care at all about looking out the window.
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I have seen the pup saver, but I question it. The dog has to be trusted to stay fully within the scoop shape at all times, for one. Also, the installation video I saw showed some sort of metal clamp as the pre-crash belt positioning mechanism. That thing would likely fly off in a crash, possibly causing serious injury to vehicle occupants. I do not have a sleepypod (though I would love one!) but I have a carrier (SturdiBag) that allows me to wrap the seatbelt all the way around the carrier. I then lock the belt. It is the best I can do without spending any more money (I had the carrier long before I understood all this car safety stuff).
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That is exactly what I did when I traveled with the chi's to N.H. I wrapped the seat belt around the carriers, through the handles, and the carrier itself.
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Maybe I shouldn't admit it here on this forum, but, I have other breeds of dogs besides my darlings Navi and Leah.

As all of you well know, Toys throats are sensitive, so, I never leash any of my guys by their collars. Have a harness for each, even my Labrador Kira, and when any of them are transported in one of my vehicles, they are tethered to the seat via their harness.

I just run a Leash (permanently) down between the seat and back, and tie it off with appropriate slack, to allow them to sit or stand and look out the window. That proper slack does not permit them to be thrown forward, in case of a sudden stop. Temperature permitting, I can lower the windows, and I suppose my Suburban looks like a puppy farm, as I drive along. I have eight dogs

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And yes, the size difference between my guys, requires different adjustments, and that a given dog has it's regular place in the car.
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Yes, SWHouston, having the dogs restrained so they are less of a distraction is a great way to prevent crashes in the first place! With that many it would be very hard to transport them all in the safest manner possible, so we do the best we can!
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