No matter how I adjust the harness my dog can squirm free. All the claims about being the safest car restraint don’t matter when you turn around for a final flight check and see your dog sitting next to it.
Not the best to walk in, and that’s the only reason I took off a star. It can get bunched up. However, as a car harness, it’s phenomenal. I feel MUCH better driving around with my dog. I was in a car accident, and, while my dog wasn’t with me, I started to really worry about what could have happened if he had been. The sleepypod is crash test certified, and having looked into alternatives it’s the only brand I trust. Having compared the sport to the terrain (sleepypod’s other model) I like this one better because it gives my dog more flexibility to lie down. He’s right at the weight cutoff and kind of long. He flailed around in the terrain and even managed to Houdini himself out of it somehow. He’s very relaxed in the sport though. For a larger dog, I’d recommend getting the s clip so the dog doesn’t get pinned if the seatbelt retracts and gets stuck. It’s also great to pair with a hammock so he has extra room and doesn’t have to worry about falling off the seat.
I have an 80 lb golden retriever/standard poodle mix, and he is my baby. I did my research and decided on this harness for safe travel with my guy. Love that it’s dummy crash tested! My dog is very well behaved in the back seat. The FIRST time I used it, we went to the dog park. I felt really great that he was safely in a seatbelt in the back seat... but as soon as we got the the DP he was super excited and within SECONDS wriggled out of the harness like Houdini. I was actually quite impressed as how easily it slid off him. (Yes, I had it adjusted per instructions and straps were tightly on him.) IMO, the harness straps are a very slippery nylon that makes it easily escapable. I’m very disappointed, out $80+, and back to the drawing board. :(
I bought this because it was supposed to be safety tested for use in the car but the straps are so slippery that even after a short car ride (or even a walk) it becomes loose and needs to constantly be readjusted. On anything longer than a short car ride it gets loose enough that it my dog can climb right out of it. Never having been washed, the reflective paint wore off with a few uses. Purchased in 2018, used maybe a dozen times before just having to replacing it with something that stays on the dog.
I’ve had this for a year now and... Cons: terrible as a regular harness. you have readjust the harness tightness everytime and there’s a science to it. The reflective tape has worn off in a year and both metal rings have been ripped off. So don’t know how safe it would be in the a car accident. Pros: great for the car. Keeps my dog in place and she actually likes wearing the seatbelt. I think it makes her feel more secure. She’s able to comfortably sit up and lay down with it on. Prevents her from moving around in the car. For $92 it should be better quality. The metal hoops shouldn’t be able to easily snap off and I shouldn’t have to constantly tighten it. Might be good has a harness for a small/smallish medium dog
I give chewy five stars for their cooperation with this defective product. The harness itself was not made correctly and was inside out. The reflective stripes were on the inside and it was twisted. Chewy promptly gave me a refund. I tried to use it anyway but it was so difficult to put on into click into my back seat that I am not going to use a harness. So my 83 lb German Shepherd is back in her large steel crate which is the safest mode of transporting dogs. I'm sure if it was made properly it would be great because it is strongly made. As I said Chewy was very prompt and giving me a refund for this defective product. It is not Chewy's fault and I do all of my dog purchases through them with great satisfaction.
A bit pricey, and a bit difficult to get on and buckled in at first, but entirely worth it in my opinion. Especially for those of you with your own cars, just taking your pup out with some treats and teaching them how to sit in the car for you to buckle them in will make your life 1000x easier. Personally I don't have my own car, so training him to understand how the harness works and how to sit has been slow, but everyone seems to appreciate his harness (except for him) My dog is very... floppy? So when he's loose in a car he tends to let himself fall back and forth during turns and that stresses out a lot of drivers (they think theyre turning too quickly, and wont listen when i explain that he doesnt seem to mind at all) With this, he's buckled in so there's none of that! He doesn't like it (he's still learning how it works and he thinks he can't reach the windows unless he's sitting up when i buckle him in), but I'm working with him to teach him that it's a good thing and it seems to be working. The harness does seem to start to itch or something if he wears it for hours on end, so I try to take it off when we exit the car, but it's a little bit of a struggle to get it back on so that's a bit annoying (not the harnesses fault, my dog tries to shake while I'm getting it on, the harness is really very simple once its sized right) Still something to keep in mind though, I recommend teaching your dog how to get the harness on easily. Overall, I don't regret this purchase in the slightest, and if anything happens to this harness the only thing I'll do differently is getting their other harness since I've heard it's a bit better (though a bit more expensive and less versatile from my understanding) Highly HIGHLY recommend, I'm practically a salesperson for this company with how many people I try to convince to buy their products.
The #1 reason I bought this is because it is one of two crash-safety tested seat belt harnesses for dogs. Go watch the videos of this versus the competition, and you won't even think twice before buying this. That said, it is also a great harness! It did take a bit more adjusting to get the fit right than I thought it would (and I actually had the read the directions on how to adjust the straps because my instinct was all wrong) but once I got it adjusted it fits nice and I'm now using it for walks. My dog is less than thrilled, but once it's on she is her usual self, and it only took two car rides for her to adjust to having a seat belt on.
This product had been very disappointing. The front straps do not stay tight and the reflective strips on the harness fell off after only a few days. I would not recommend this product since when the straps loosen up there appears to be a chance for the our furry friends to get out of the device. We are on a very busy road so this could be a disaster.
I use this daily with my 55 pound golden retriever. She measures 27” behind her front legs and wears a medium. She’s at the upper end of the posted size range for the medium, but it fits large so know that there’s plenty of strap length - especially in the neck strap. I wish there was some padding under the buckles. It clips right over the spine and the fit instructions require it to be snug. We were in an accident last year. I was stopped on a 55 mph road and got rear ended. My dog was fine. Stunned, but fine.