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Does anyone use these? If so what size and where did you get it?


I'm just curious and have been looking into getting one for Bruno. Although he does great in the car. He lays down and relaxes. But now that summer is here and the windows are down. He's a nosey parker!! lol. So, with him sticking his head out the window...and umm, My driving :tongue23: haha. I'm so scared he's gonna fall out the window, or get thrown around. I'd hate for that to happen. He's also clutsy so he wobbles when he's standing looking out the window from the car moving.

Is this a good idea?
 

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I had gotten one...that is all black...its a pretty common one...looks like a regular harness but the seat belt can go through a thick loop that hangs on the harness...we stopped using it...once we got coco too...and the only complaint I have for the one Im talking about is sometimes she will get tangled like if she tries to circle before laying down...the seat belt will either stretch out like it does...or restrict her...
if you get a seat belt Id suggest trying to find one that has the actual attachment that CLICKS into the seatbelt straight from the harness in a place that the attachment latches on...
plus my problem is...if you have a coupe and its a pain to hook it up when the dog sits in back lol

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=639&N=2001+113233
This link above is the one I think we have...notice how the seat belt has to weave through the loop on the harness...

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=9022&N=2001+113233
this is the one Id like to get instead...notice how it latches on to I THINK any harness and has the attachment that clicks right into the seatbelt buckle..
 

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I use them occassionally for long trips. I think they are a great idea. They are very secure and also can double as a harness.
 

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The doggy seat belts are usually rated for a certain weight or measurements of the dog. Just double check the package.

I wouldn't rely on them to keep the dog put in one place. The dog will just tangle himself in the seatbelt as it gives and unwinds. The dog is going to get stressed out, you're going to get stressed out and distracted... Also if you have to for example break hard in an emergency the dog could potentially hurt itself just from being all tangled up. I think it's much better to train your dog to remain still in the car.

I would however recommend them as a safety device to keep your dog from flying out through your windshield in case of an accident. They should keep your dog lached in just like a seat belt would a person.
 

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LapDog said:
if you get a seat belt Id suggest trying to find one that has the actual attachment that CLICKS into the seatbelt straight from the harness in a place that the attachment latches on...

yeah, I think that is a much better design then the harness with a loop through which you thread the actual seat belt
 

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Bruno is well behaved in the car. Since he's been doing it since he was 7 weeks. It's just what gets me is when he's sticking his head out the window and I'm turning a corner. I'm always holding his collar as I turn. I just get scared he's going to go flying out my window. Not that I go fast or anything haha. Just I think with his weight leaning against the door he might topple out the window :/ I just get paranoid I guess.

LapDog. I also like that second one you posted. I guess this is something I should research. I know I don't want Bruno to get tangled or anything. He does stay in one spot as it is now. So I don't think it would be an overly huge problem. But I think he'd get frustrated with it at first because it's something new.

I guess I'll keep looking and listening to what ppl have to say :) I'm really considering this for his safety
 

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Luv_my_Bruno said:
Bruno is well behaved in the car. Since he's been doing it since he was 7 weeks. It's just what gets me is when he's sticking his head out the window and I'm turning a corner. I'm always holding his collar as I turn. I just get scared he's going to go flying out my window. Not that I go fast or anything haha. Just I think with his weight leaning against the door he might topple out the window :/ I just get paranoid I guess.

LapDog. I also like that second one you posted. I guess this is something I should research. I know I don't want Bruno to get tangled or anything. He does stay in one spot as it is now. So I don't think it would be an overly huge problem. But I think he'd get frustrated with it at first because it's something new.

I guess I'll keep looking and listening to what ppl have to say :) I'm really considering this for his safety

Close your window a bit more? There's no way he'll fall out if it's only enough for him to stick his nose through.

Go for it, try the doggy seatbelt. If Bruno already rides well in the car he probably won't even notice it and it is a great for safety. If you have to break hard, at least Bruno won't be flying towards the dash (also you will be able to concentrate more on driving not having to worry about him as much).
 

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That's what I currently do. Is close the window more. But I know he loves to hang his head out and catch the wind LOL. I mean if I have too, I'll keep the window closed for his safety. But on the hot hot days we are out, or just the days he enjoys hanging out the window LOL I'd like to know he's in safely.

I also fear if the window is any bit open, since he's a big dog he'll break the window if he gets tossed to the side while he's standing. Again probably me just being paranoid haha. But I just worry and I think about it each time we're in the car.

I wonder if they have a return policy. If I just tried it and seen if it worked for him. If not returned it. I'd hate to spend all the money on one and him not even care for it.

Oh and he does excellent in the van. He just lays on the floor between the seats. But in my small dinky grand am. He just doesn't have that kinda streaching room LOL
 

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I used to have a soft top car and had to use a harness on Chelsie & Amber,it is the same as LD said you put the seatbelt through them and they doubled up as a walking harness.
 

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I'm going to look for one of those for Mensa. She likes to stand on my lap while I'm trying to drive and stick her nose out the window on my side. It's OK now, she only weighs 47 lbs (21 kg), but one day she's going to be too heavy.
 

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haha definately chaz! lol sometimes duchess will be curled up in the passenger seat and then decide to move and stretched out across the armrest and drive/reverse etc. area she rests her head onto my lap. lol I push her head back to where it was cause I dont want her to put me into Neutral or park while driving lol.

LMB, Im sure they would allow you to return it if it was only tried out once...or the company has a guarantee through them maybe. just try to open the package as nicely as possible and perhaps use one of those hair removal rollers lol and dont forget to save the receipt :)
 

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I'd like to get one of those, but I don't know exactly how big Toro will get. He's about 4 1/2 months now and about 38lbs. I don't want to buy it twice.

He IS car trained, however, and really enjoys the rumble of my Mustang...he he. I normally keep the window rolled up high enough so there's no danger of him falling or leaping out.
 

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My friend has one for his dobie that he used for awhile in the cab of his truck. It was the fleece lined one. His boy would be all over the back of his extended cab and chase the window wipers. So he bought one at Petsmart and started using it to get him to sit in the back and stay there. I don't remember if it buckles in though or not. He was satisfied with it.
 

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LMB, I got a short leash for Rommel. Right now I just attach it to his collar so he can stick his head out. I just hold the leash with my right hand while I drive...Probably not the safest thing, but better than nothing. He loves to smell everything and stick his head out when we stop, so it just makes me feel better to know he is on a leash and cant jump out the window. Hopefully he will never try that, but better safe than sorry. I always drive with my windows down. Once again, let me know how the harness works out, I have been considering one for him.
 

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Back in Black, you could just tie that leash around the seat your dog is sitting in (front seat I'm assuming). I don't know how strong you are, but you may not be able to hang on to him if he decides to jump out and catches you by suprise.

And by the way, that does happen so don't assume that just because you think it would be a stupid thing to do your dog won't try it. I had a chihuahua who jumped out of the window. Thank god i had him on leash and the leash was tangled up on the arm rest. He ended up hanging and bouncing off the side of the door as I frantically stopped the car and traffic. His head backed out of the collar and he fell to the ground just as I was running up to him. I don't even want to immagine what would happen to him had he slipped out of the collare a few seconds earlier or had he not been attached to his leash in the first place. He was shaken but otherwise ok. I know a guy who's akita jumped out of the car while he was on a freeway. The guy happened to be holding on to the leash. His arm was nearly pulled out of the socket. The dog survived but his feet were badly injured as he got dragged allong the pavement. Plus I've heard of other people telling simillar stories.
 

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I don't know how strong you are, but you may not be able to hang on to him if he decides to jump out and catches you by suprise.
Make you that anyway that you decide to restrain in in the car make sure cant make it out of the car at all! I never roll down Duchess window more than 3 inches or so...cause I heard that when they stick their head out the window debris and stuff gets into their eyes and nose etc...but mainly because I just want her to stay in the car lol.
I will sometimes just put duch on a short leash like you BIB and have my hand on it at all times...but if you want to invest in something handsfree they have the seatbelts like you know already...they also have those gates that fit in the open window...but id probably go with the seatbelt...I want to get duch and coco back into a seatbelt cause I did once have a reaction to come to a pretty sudden stop when I saw a squirrel cross the street...and Duch didnt like that! lol
 

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I've tried the leash thing. And I still do sometimes. But I get freaked out thinking he's gonna get caught on something and choke or if he does fall out the window he'll hang himself. I know the chances are slim. But it just freaks me out. That's why I rather have the seat belt. Bruno always jumps from front to back in my car. Becasue someone the direct sunlight is coming through the front so he sits between my boys booster seats. In the van I have no worries becasue he sits between the two front seats and just chills lol.
When I get a chance I'm going to get myself to the pet store and check what my choices are here. If nothing I like I'll go to Barrie (next city). But I've been pretty busy with packing and all that. I'm surprised I have a minute to post here :( lol
 
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