The dog seat belts in this article went through two rounds of reviews. We started by searching Amazon for top products, looking at customer ratings, Amazon superlatives, and prices.
Our product testing team then ordered the six dog seat belts that best met these standards. We tried to select a range of dog seat belt styles. A team member tested each product in a 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE, taking note of material quality, adjustability, and dog comfort. Each seat was given a rating out of 5.0 stars based on this criteria.
Heavy-duty materials and durable construction translate to increased vehicle safety in the event of an accident. While this isn’t the only factor to impact safety, it is an important one. Well-made harnesses will also last longer. We closely inspected each harness to assess material quality and gave the highest ratings to leashes that would not easily break or tear.
A more adjustable dog car safety harness will better fit your dog. To properly secure your pet, the best dog car harness should be appropriately tightened. A harness that is too tight is uncomfortable, and harnesses with multiple points of adjustment are ideal to fit most pets.
We gave the best adjustability scores to harnesses that offered a number of adjustment points and to those harnesses that were easiest to adjust to fit our test pup.
While safety should be your number one concern, it’s also important that your pet is comfortable. We based our comfort scores on the mood of our test animal once secured in the harness. Mood could be assessed by dog posture, whining (or lack thereof), panting (or lack thereof), and ear position.
Of course, every dog is different. When first trying a new dog seat belt, monitor your own animal’s behavior for signs of distress or discomfort.
Dog Seat Belt Testing Process
We tested all of the dog seat belts we recommend with the assistance of Louise, a medium-sized beagle mutt. Each harness was attached to Louise and then secured according to the included directions. After strapping in our test dog, we took her for a drive around the block.
Special attention was paid to Louise’s mood throughout each drive. We also carefully inspected each product for material quality, examining every strap and buckle, as well as stitching.
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