Earlier this year when we got the new Flex tow vehicle, we thought we should get the dogs buckled up for trips. I figured new car - new habits, lets start them off right. I wanted them safely buckled into their spots in the back seat.
I bought a pair of doggie seatbelt/safety harnesses for the dogs. I got the Sleepypod ClickIt Utility
harness after reading crash test reports from the Center for Pet Safety
The Utility harness uses straps that fasten into the child safety seat mounts, as well as the seatbelt, to prevent the dogs from being thrown around in any direction in an accident. The dogs seem quite comfortable and can sit or lay down, but are kept in their seat, which also keeps them out of trouble. The harness has a wide padded chest piece to protect them.
We've taken them for several long trips now and are very happy with the harnesses. It's quick to get them in and out (the car seat straps stay in the car all the time) and they can wear the safety harness for walks.
Sleepypod is just coming out with a new design on this harness, called the Sport, which has crash tested just as well, and only uses the seatbelt, so it will be easier to buckle them in. Check out the crash test videos on the Pet Safety website, or on their own website. I've had harnesses that were supposed to be safe and didn't really do anything to keep the dogs in their seat, so I'm really happy to have gotten these, and I highly recommend them.
I know we've had discussions before about the safest way to travel with our pets, so I just wanted to share.