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For years we’ve all used the same type of harness for dogs in car. It was the most common kind – with a tether that attached to the back of the dog’s harness and snapped into the seatbelt receptacle. Of course, when the Center for Pet Safety started crash testing pet safety harnesses, it was a wake-up call for us all! It became clear that those single-point-of-connection harnesses were more likely to cause injuries in an accident.

Watching the crash test videos was horrifying, and when the results of the study were released the Sleepypod ClickIt Utility harness was – far and away – the top performer. And yet … I didn’t switch. But a few weeks ago, Sleepypod introduced their next generation ClickIt Sport car harness for dogs, and it’s a winner!

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The new ClickIt Sport harness for dogs in cars is simple to use. And with a 5-star rating from the Center for Pet Safety, it’s clearly safer than Buster and Ty’s old harnesses. There was no ignoring these improvements … it was time to give Sleepypod a try.

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On their website, Sleepypod has videos showing how to adjust the harness and put it on your pup. But it’s so easy, you really can’t mess it up. Your dog just steps into the harness, and there are two clips that attach on the dog’s back.

Ty in Sleepypod Harness

There are two metal rings on the top clip that allow you to attach a leash for quick pit stops and a PPRS (Pet Passenger Restraint System) strap on each side for the seatbelt to pass through. We’re using the harnesses slightly differently than the Sleepypod video shows, because the sofas where the boys ride in the motorhome have only lap belts – no shoulder restraints.

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Buster in Sleepypod Harness

Peace of Mind

This set up feels much safer for the boys than the harnesses we were using. The construction of the harness is top-notch, with a padded chest and strong webbing. And, with the harness connecting to the RV manufacturer-installed seatbelt, there’s little to fail.

Compared to the harness for dogs in cars that used a tether, our boys do have less room to move around than before. But that means they’re less likely to be injured in an accident – which is our ultimate goal. And, it’s better for all of us to take more frequent breaks to stretch. It may mean we’ll get to our destination a few minutes later, but knowing Ty and Buster are safe is well worth the tradeoff.

Dogs Adjust To Their New Safety Harnesses

The best part is, my fears that the dogs would be uncomfortable was completely unwarranted! Buster and Ty both seem to be perfectly happy buckled in with their new ClickIt Sport harnesses.

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Buster in Sleepypod Harness

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  • I am trying to safely restrain my 14 lb. Coton de Tulear in a Class “C” RV. Her normal car seat will not work as it has straps that go around the back of the divided rear seat in my 4-Runner. My RV only has lap belts (non retractable.) I see in the photo that you have secured your dog using a harness and the lap belt. But, because you dog is black and so is the seatbelt and harness, I cannot clearly determine how you have threaded the belt through the harness. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Hi Kym! Thanks for your note. Yes, it’s a little hard to see how the harness works with Buster’s coloring. The Sleepypod harnesses have integrated loops that the seatbelt passes through. Just tread the seatbelt through the two loops in the harness and click and you’re ready to roll! Hope that helps. Safe travels to you!