As we talked before, almost all of our small dogs love to ride and act like a “big” dog. They’ll go to no end trying to look out the window or just sticking their nose into the wind. While the soft crate works well, we use the small dog harness as different method of safety.
We first started with a classic or standard nylon type small dog harness with ½ to ¾ inch straps. Then secured the seat belt/shoulder strap and then attached the harness to the belt or shoulder strap with small ½” dog collar. This worked well and gave our small dogs the freedom to enjoy the sites, the wind or the smells they seek. When we had just 2 little pups, they each had their own side of the car which they preferred; then they got a new little dog sister which presented a new challenge. Now we could easily attach her small dog harness to the center belt but then she couldn’t get near all the action like the others. Our solution was to span a short nylon leash between the two outside belts and connect her harness to it. Again the collars and a leash were dedicated to vehicle use only.
Figuring there must be an easier method to attach a harness to the seat belt, we found the step in harness which allows for the front legs to step in the harness then connects on the back around or just behind the shoulders. This harness has 2 rings located on either side of the snap in type closure which is normally used to attach a leash. By using a small carabineer to connect the 2 harness rings around the seat belt/shoulder harness the pups are secured.
Now there are also car seats and carriers which double as or are designed to also act as in vehicle small dog safety devices. We will delve into them in a later post. Meanwhile the harness you select will serve 2 purposes; it is a great to walk your pup with and can protect your small dog while riding in your vehicle. Visit asmalldogsworld.com today, we have a great selection of small dog harnesses to meet all your pooches needs.