You may have seen the headlines reporting a failure of dog seat belts, but don't despair! A recent study conducted by the Center for Pet Safety (a nonprofit organization) actually had some promising results. Just as safety belts for people took time to perfect, so the ones for dogs are doing now.
Even a Car Harness That Hasn't Been Crash Tested Can Provide Your Dog with Security
For the most part, a majority of car harnesses are only beneficial for keeping your best friend from distracting the driver by keeping him off your lap, from standing on the center console, and by keeping him in the back seat. If your dog is secured, there may even be some protection for him if you have to stop suddenly or quickly swerve out of the way to avoid a mishap. A harness may help keep him from getting thrown into the floor or into the dash.
Several Dog Seat Belt Brands, Including the ClickIt Utility, Did Not Fail Crash Tests
Review the full report from the Center for Pet Safety to see which brands were next in line in regards to safety. These brands have the potential to keep your dog from hitting or hurting other passengers in a car crash. Your pet might come partially off the seat, but not out the front windshield. And your dog won't be able to run off in fright after being traumatized by a crash. (Many dogs will try to flee after being in an accident. This can result in your dog being struck by oncoming traffic, getting lost, and missing out on necessary medical attention.)
Keeping your dog secure is better