pet harnessHow sad is this… they tell you to restrain your dog, to harness them in as you would a child but when the harnesses were actually tested, many of them failed and failed dramatically! 

Even harnesses advertised as tested, failed.  Were they actually even tested?  Yup… just like they advertise, but what they don’t advertise, obviously, is that they failed the test!

There are reasons not to allow your dog to travel loose in a vehicle. According to, a 60-pound dog traveling at 35 miles per hour can turn into a 2,700-pound missile in an accident. A loose animal can distract a driver, causing a crash.  You also hear stories all the time about dogs thrown free and although they weren’t killed, they have been injured and then get lost.

But when you hear that at a mere 30 mph, these harnesses don’t do what they’re supposed to do, what do you do?

Veterinarian Stephanie Pierce sees dogs come into the animal hospital with all kinds of crash-related injuries from bleeding and broken bones to brain trauma.

“I’ve seen several patients that have died, passed away from injuries that happen from motor vehicle accidents,” Pierce said. “But while some harnesses may not be effective, they are more safe than leaving a dog free to roam around a vehicle.  Just like a person, you can imagine if a dog or cat gets thrown from a vehicle. The injuries can be very serious and potentially life-threatening.”

Advice is, crate or kennel a dog when possible and even though it’s not perfect, harness larger dogs.  Better some measure of safety than none at all and when buying a harness, be sure to use your due diligence.  Check to make sure it was not only crash tested but that it passed the crash test!



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