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We are going a trip up to Tahoe and we will be taking Scout and Truffles. Has anyone used the Canine Friendly Vented Vestharness? I was thinking of getting dog crates or carriers, but think it is probably better for them to look out the window. I don't want them to get car sick.
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Dogs are actually usually MORE likely to get car sick looking out the windows. While car harnesses are certainly better than no restraint, the safest place for a dog in the car is in a secure crate, eitehr placed on the floor of the back seat, if it will fit, or secured on the seat or in the back of a hatch back secured to the tie downs in the floor.

That said, I like the construction of the Vest Harness and used it for years for Kodi before convincing myself that I owed it to him to have a safer place to ride. Even then, however, he rode on the seat, in a donut bed, wearing the Vest Harness. He couldn't see out the windows.


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I have zero experience using car harnesses. Both boys are crated when in the car and we have never had a car sickness issue. They like that they have their den to curl up in, and I like that they are safe and secure. Nino has braved hours long rides to shows in his crate and hasn't shown the slightest bit of car sickness or unrest.

I would think that, like people, dogs would be more likely to get carsick looking out a side window.

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I have a lookout seat + a rigged up harness to keep him in that seat.
Otherwise he tries to crawl up to the front seat and sit in my lap.
This all keeps him in the backseat, secure.
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I have a lookout seat + a rigged up harness to keep him in that seat.
Otherwise he tries to crawl up to the front seat and sit in my lap.
This all keeps him in the backseat, secure.
I also have the look out seat for trips around town. I guess crates are probably the best idea for safety on a longer trip. I'm sure they won't be happy! Now I need to find the best one. ☺️

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I also have the look out seat for trips around town. I guess crates are probably the best idea for safety on a longer trip. I'm sure they won't be happy! Now I need to find the best one. ☺️
I think you'll be surprised how quickly they adjust, especially with their "sibling" right next door. Jodi had ridden "shotgun" in a Vest Harness for YEARS before I decided it wasn't safe enough, hardened my heart and started crating him. He moaned and complained on the first couple of car rides (close by... just to the training center) then decided it wasn't so bad, especially since he got EXTRA YUMMY treats every time he got in the crate. Now he runs to the back of the car and puts his feet up on the ledge, waiting to be lifted in. Pixel jumps in on her own. I think Panda will do that too, eventually... Right now, if I let her loose on the way to the car, we sometimes have to play keep-away... so she only goes to the car on less at this point. (BTW, our cars and garage are NOWHERE near the street, which is why it's safe to let the dogs go back and forth from the house on their own)


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I've used the canine friendly Vest Harness on Gracie for the past 4 years, and have always been happy with it until I started reading all of the pet safety previews. I used to use it along with a Solv-it booster seat, but was very concerned about the set-up of it and Gracie's safety. I just installed a Pupsaver Air 25 last week, as they have passed a crash test, and I think it's probably a lot safer than what we originally had. Maybe it's not as safe as a crate for the cargo area, but when we travel 12 hours on vacation and the back of the SUV is loaded up, I really don't have any other choice.

When I bought the Pupsaver, they were also sending a FREE safety harness along with it. I have to say, it think it's well made, and it has webbing all along the inside of the vest part, along with metal closures. I think it will work well for her once I get her used to her new set-up. I really do like the Vest Harness, but unfortunately, the one that was crash tested, I think is called a "safety harness", doesn't come in a size small enough for Gracie. I did order one last year and was very impressed with the sturdy construction of it, but the smallest size they had was still a bit large for Gracie. I sent a note to them to see if they would be considering making them in a smaller size, but they will not be perusing that.

If you're interested in the set-up that I purchased, I got it at www.mightymitedoggear.com and they were very patient and helpful. I am going to try to post a pic of Gracie in her new Pupsaver car seat, but she wasn't wearing her new harness at the time.
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I agree that the Pupsaver is one of the safe options for a dog that is not crated, as long as they are small enough. (a lot of Havanese aren't)

The other thing to keep in mind with any sort of harness solution on very long trips is that the dog is sitting in one position for a very long time. Jodi goes for Chiro regularly to keep him in top shape for competition. Twice, after long car trips when he'd been in his harness, the vet commented that he was "crunchier" than usual. Suddenly it dawned on me that it might be from having to sit in one position for so long. After switching to crates, this never has happened again.

So if you do use a car harness on very long road trips (I'm not talking an hour or two... I'm talking full days of riding) make SURE that you get your dog out regularly for some serious walking, not just quick potty stops. It will do you AND the dog good!
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