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Dog Car Harnesses That Past The Test

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Pet safety, particularly while travelling has always been a critical issue. In the past there has been a lack of effective and comfortable safety gear for dogs, but thanks to innovative companies such as Ruffwear, EzyDog and Kurgo, there is now a range of pet travel safety gear to keep your dog as safe as possible when on the road.

An effective harness is critical when travelling with a pet. It keeps your loved ones safe and restrained and reduces driver distraction caused by pets moving around inside the vehicle. In a collision, an unrestrained pet is at risk of serious injury and could also injure other passengers in the vehicle. With the hefty fines that apply to unrestrained pets in vehicles, it just makes sense to invest in the most effective Dog Car Travel Harnesses for your pets safety and your hip pocket. Let’s take a look at our pick of the best available in the marketplace today:

The Ruffwear Load Up™ Travel Harness

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The Ruffwear Load Up™ Travel Harness

Brand New in 2015, dynamically tested at MGA Research Corp (a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contracted test facility) under the conditions outlined in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213, the Ruffwear Load Up™ harness is an automotive canine travel harness designed to safely transport dogs to and from adventures.

Built with strength-rated hardware and components, the Load Up harness has been successfully tested to withstand the rigors of a vehicle crash test. Attaches to existing seatbelts for a universal fit. Keeps dogs secure during sudden vehicle movements and allows drivers to focus.

Easy to put on and adjust, comfortable for dogs to wear during extended travel, and can be left on dogs for bathroom breaks and during rest stops.

Check out this video on how to fit and attach the Load Up Harness. You can also download our booklet on Safety Information & Instructions For Use for additional support.

The Kurgo TRU-FIT Smart Harness

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Kurgo TRU-FIT Smart Harness

The Crash-Tested Dog Car Harness!

This crash-tested dog car harness keeps you and your pup safe while driving. It has been designed as a dog safety harness, not a converted walking harness. The all-steel Nesting Buckle System is based on the engineering for harnesses used by rock climbers and linesmen ensuring strength and safety.

With five adjustments points, it’s easy to get a near custom fit for any dog, regardless of size and proportions. The chest pad reduces stress on the trachea and sternum while dispersing kinetic energy across the chest of the dog. This is important during those rare, but dangerous impact crashes.

Because it’s designed with comfort in mind, our Enhanced Strength Tru-Fit Harness can also be used as a no-pull walking harness. There’s a halt ring on the front chest plate. If your pup tries to pull, it will just turn him around effectively training him that pulling will get him nowhere!

Dogs can be buckled in with your car seatbelt running through the harness directly or use the included 10-inch dog seat belt tether to provide a bit more range of movement.

 

The EzyDog Chest Plate Harness

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EzyDog Chest Plate Dog Harness

The ergonomic and super comfortable fit of the Chest Plate Harness has dogs all over the world celebrating. The Chest Plate distributes the load evenly across the dog’s chest rather than the throat, to make walks enjoyable and for both you and your best friend and keeping your pet safe while in transit.

The one-click snap clips means that the harness can be put on quickly and with minimal hassle. The easy-to-adjust straps ensures that a snug, secure fit can be achieved whatever the dog size.

Free Car Restraint!
The Chest Plate Harness comes with a free Car Restraint, so you can reduce any in-car distractions whilst in transit. Rust-proof welded D-Ring keeps your dog attached to the leash with Reflective Stitching for night time safety makes the EzyDog Chest Plate Harness one of our best selling multi-purpose performance dog harnesses.

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Does Your Doggie Suffer From Anxiety?

doganxietySeeing a pet suffer from anxiety is very distressing. You just want to wrap them up in cotton wool, tell them you love them, that everything is OK and you will always protect them. Unfortunately, in most circumstances this can cause even more anxiety for your loved ones. Understanding what may be causing the anxiety and taking a preventative approach is the best way we can help protect and comfort our doggies.

Dogs exhibit different signs of stress depending on the dog and the situation. Typical signs of stress or anxiety include:

Barking: It is normal for dogs to bark for various reasons however excessive barking can be due to confinement, anxiety, frustration or lack of interaction and exercise.

Trembling And Shaking: If your dog is not wet or cold but is shaking or trembling, then this may be stress or anxiety related. Situations this often happens in are travel, loud unexpected noises or a new environment.

Drooling: Sometimes dogs that are very stressed will drool. However drooling can also be a sign of nausea. It is important to distinguish what is the cause of the drooling.

Hiding: If the dog starts hiding or seeking refuge it can be to get away from a stressful situation or a loud noise like storms and fireworks.

Excessive Licking Or Scratching: Excessive licking or scratching may be related to anxiety however it is important to ensure the area being licked or scratched is not the actual cause through some type of insect bite or infection.

It is important to put time in to analyze the symptoms and take appropriate action, whether this be providing more space, exercise, travel sickness medications or a trip to the vet to investigate further. In some cases of separation or noise anxiety, the only solution may be to manage the situation through some of the world leading dog anxiety products that are now stocked at the Leura Doggie Store.

Lets take a look at some of solutions available:

Stay CALM With ZenDog

 

zendog dog anxietySwaddling, (or applying gentle, maintained pressure) is well-known as an effective way to calm babies. Fur babies are no different. Like humans, pets have pressure points that, when activated, help calm even the most anxious dogs.

Zendog uses the double effect of pressure point stimulation and aromatherapy oils to help calm and soothe. Combine the ZenDog Calming Compression Shirt with the companion ZenPet Calming Spray for twice the effectiveness. ZenPet Spray is a specially formulated aromatherapy oil blend including lavender and chamomile to calm even the most anxious pets. Use the spray on its own or spritz on the enclosed aromatherapy cards and insert into the pocket on the ZenDog shirt front.

The ZenDog Calming Compression Shirt works to calm dog anxiety by:

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Diffuse Dog Anxiety With Adaptil 

 

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Adaptil has been shown to alleviate canine anxiety in more than 16 studies in published scientific journals and has been presented at veterinary conferences worldwide. Many dog rescue organisations use Adaptil to alleviate stress for dogs during their stay.

Just plug the Adaptil Diffuser discreetly into your wall and your dog should begin to feel more calm within 24 hours. Adaptil is not a medication. It’s a synthetic copy of the natural comforting pheromone produced by mother dogs to comfort and calm her pups. Dogs of all ages respond well to this comforting pheromone. Easy Adaptil Diffuser Refills provide constant relief

Adaptil Dog Appeasing Pheromone Collars offers a natural and convenient way to help manage stress-related behaviour in your dog. Designed to provide comfort to puppies and adult dogs in stressful situations, they are a great solution when travelling or when your doggie is in a new environment. Available in small and large sizes so you can keep your puppy or large breed adult doggie calm and protected.

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The Handiest Product We Have Ever Seen!

Have you ever wanted to take a hands free approach to dog walking?
Go completely hands free with the EzyDog Handy Leash!
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The EzyDog Handy Leash fits around the hand and has been designed as an accessory with a large carabiner attachment point, meaning that you can add it to any existing leash or combine with an EzyDog Soft Touch Extension to make a full size hands-free leash. Fully adjustable, the glove section opens out to fit any size hand.

Want added comfort and style? Add the Ezydog Zero Shock Extension or Coupler!

ezydog-zero-shock-couplerWalk Two Dogs with the Comfort of Zero Shock! Both ends of the coupler has Zero Shock included. Zero Shock is the name EzyDog give to the advanced shock absorbing component in the centre of the extension that cushions and eases the pressure for both the dog and owner.
Both ends have an additional “Traffic Control” handle positioned near the dog’s collar giving you quick and secure control over the dogs when needed. Check out the EzyDog Zero Shock Coupler Today!

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Make any Dog Leash Shock Absorbing! Give any dog leash shock absorbing properties and extra length with the EzyDog Zero Shock Extensions.
No more aching shoulders. Zero Shock is the advanced shock absorbing component in the centre of the extension that cushions and eases the pressure for both the owner and dog. Additional “Traffic Control” handle positioned near your dog’s collar giving you quick and secure control over your dog when needed.

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Convert To EzyDog Australia

EzyDog Convert Harness 6From my earliest days I have been an adventure dog, hiking and bushwalking through the breathtaking back country of the majestic Blue Mountains. When you get off the beaten track its important that you have the right gear, and by that I mean purpose built canine adventure and performance gear. Its also important to look good too, which is why I use EzyDog.

EzyDog recently released the Convert Harness and I must say I was converted when I first set eyes on it. Its sleek profile and styling will have you stepping out in confidence and turning heads, but it’s the functionality and quality that really sets it apart. Designed to meet the needs of the most adventurous, from small breeds to large powerful breeds, the Harness is fitted with a soft cotton lining on the load bearing surfaces to ensure maximum comfort for us doggies, I don’t even notice that I am wearing it.

The ingenious magnetic soft touch handle stays low for safety on those off trail walks, and it’s a great security feature should we need to be secured by our owners. Anti roll design together with heavy duty webbing and stainless steel fittings, the Convert is feature packed. There is even an LED attachment for the Orbiloc Safety Light. But it’s the multifunctional design that takes it to the next level.

I was so excited to receive the “soon to be released” Saddle Bag attachments to trial with the Convert Harness. So we saddled up and off we went on another adventure. They were so simple to fit to the harness, they can be slipped on and off with the flick of the extra strong velco attachments. So when you just need the harness, you have it, but when you want to quickly add the functionality of a backpack system and build the harness up, you have that as well. On our adventure I was able to carry a water bladder for hydration and I also carried my own poo bags and some first aid equipment. It gave me a real sense of purpose and the entire system was still very lightweight and comfortable.
The saddle bags come with a comfort grip handle so our owners can also carry them, or even fit them to their belts with the velco strapping. Water proof zippers and reflective piping will have you out and about in all conditions. I was very impressed with the design, quality and functionality.

The Convert Harness sizes range from XXSmall to XXLarge and the saddle bags will also be released in Small and Large sizes. You can even buy custom Velcro badges to style the system up even more. I will keep you updated with a release date and pricing as soon as it becomes available.

In the meantime, take the path less travelled….Bobby (Product Tester)

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