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Hi there!

Our boy, George, will be 1 next week. He weighs 72 lbs and will probably max out at 80 or less.

We're driving to OR from Chicago this summer, on I-80. What would you recommend for restraint? We currently use a seatbelt loop that clips to his harness in the backseat, but we mostly drive around the city (30 mph or less). Worried about keeping him (and us) safe and comfortable for several long interstate drives.

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I use something similar, a harness that clips into a seatbelt latch. I know some people recommend a crate bolted into the car which is probably the safest but I don't think it would be very doable for a family vacation with all the stuff we "need" to take. Years ago I just let my dogs ride on the third row bench. Definitely not safe but luckily there was never a problem.
 

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We moved from a secure crate tied down in the back of our SUV to the Sleepypod Clickit Sports Harness. We also purchased a seatbelt locking clip to control how much our dog can move around on the seat. She can lie down comfortably. I was hesitant to move her from the secure crate, but as she has gotten older she (and we) have enjoyed her being in the seat behind us. sleepypod.com
 

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I also like the Sleepypod harness for use in the back seat. Some of the other seatbelt restraint systems being sold failed crash testing.
 

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That's the type I would not use as it's just a thin strap and a collision at 25mph or more is enough to broken bones caused by the strap. Just food for thought on choosing these types of car restraints.
It's not a thin strap. The chest strap is as wide as the palm of my hand AND is cushioned. I've been using this brand for over 5 years and 3 dogs and it's been amazing. And it came recommended to me by other owners whom I trust.
 

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It's not a thin strap. The chest strap is as wide as the palm of my hand AND is cushioned. I've been using this brand for over 5 years and 3 dogs and it's been amazing. And it came recommended to me by other owners whom I trust.

It's OK if you like them, it's just my preference. In the pictures I see on the site it looks fairly thin compared to the type I'm talking about and I prefer a wider cushioned pad. The wider the better as that becomes a lot of force in a mild to serious crash
 

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Hi there!

Our boy, George, will be 1 next week. He weighs 72 lbs and will probably max out at 80 or less.

We're driving to OR from Chicago this summer, on I-80. What would you recommend for restraint? We currently use a seatbelt loop that clips to his harness in the backseat, but we mostly drive around the city (30 mph or less). Worried about keeping him (and us) safe and comfortable for several long interstate drives.

Thanks!
I don't have any suggestions and wondering myself what to use with Coco. She is a baby at 17 weeks so right now I am using a car seat harness where the seat belt threads through it which secures her well. I bought it years ago at Petco and havent been able to find it anymore for a bigger size when she gets older. But I have to say how so stinkin cute your boy is! Very adorable :)
 

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I've been looking around lately and while researching the Sleepypod and Kurgo I came across this brand: EzyDog

https://www.amazon.com/EzyDog-DRIVE-Dog-Car-Harness/dp/B01NA944RD?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_18061139011

It's crash tested (From my understanding, all harnesses it seems are only crash tested to 30mph which is what child safety seats are)

Anyway, some people don't like how the dog is forced to sit in the Sleepypod and this one allows them to sit or lay. It can also be used as a walking harness.

Anyone familiar with it? Experiences?
 

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I've been looking around lately and while researching the Sleepypod and Kurgo I came across this brand: EzyDog

https://www.amazon.com/EzyDog-DRIVE-Dog-Car-Harness/dp/B01NA944RD?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_18061139011

It's crash tested (From my understanding, all harnesses it seems are only crash tested to 30mph which is what child safety seats are)

Anyway, some people don't like how the dog is forced to sit in the Sleepypod and this one allows them to sit or lay. It can also be used as a walking harness.

Anyone familiar with it? Experiences?
That one looks pretty nice but really pricey! $$$
 

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Do you have room for a crate? We've never used dog seat belts before, but we can easily accommodate 2 large crates in the back of our Nissan Xterra. Whenever any of our dogs are traveling with us long distances, we utilize crates. It's really much more secure.
 

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I've looked into the crates but a Gunner G1 is $500. Maybe. One day.

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woops! sorry, $600 for an Intermediate the Large is $700. They're around the same as Impact crates. It's a big nut lol

Last edit for links if anyone is interested

https://gunner.com/

https://www.impactdogcrates.com/

I'm sure they're worth it. We know the dogs are :)
Another very good product in this price range is the transk9 crate.
 
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