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Any Experience with Sleepypod Clicket Sport Safety Harness?

Our local TV news station did a segment on keeping dogs safe in vehicles. They rated several different carriers and harnesses. They said that the Sleepypod Clicket Sport Utility Harness was one of the top rated devices. Has anyone used one of these or have any opinions to offer?



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All the Sleepypod products are very good. I don't use the harness but use the Sleepypod Air in the car buckled in. Loki goes right in and is perfectly silent in it. Sometimes I wish he would make noise so i would know he was ok. LOL! I use it on the plane too.
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Jackie, I've been looking at various car options the past few weeks. While the sleepy pod harnesses get good marks, the minimum weight is 18 pounds so most Havanese are too small.

Here's their comparison of their harnesses: Sleepypod Dog Harness Comparison - Sleepypod® | The safest pet company | Dog Carrier | Cat Carrier | Dog Harness
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Jackie, I've been looking at various car options the past few weeks. While the sleepy pod harnesses get good marks, the minimum weight is 18 pounds so most Havanese are too small.

Here's their comparison of their harnesses: Sleepypod Dog Harness Comparison - Sleepypod® | The safest pet company | Dog Carrier | Cat Carrier | Dog Harness
Oh I didn't know that. I really haven't done any research except look at it on Amazon. Thanks for the headsup!



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I just want to add that the sleepypod shows a 30mph impact. It seems logical to me that a harness would keep a dog safer than a pod the dog would rattle around in in the event of a rollover or a fast speed of impact.

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Marni, I think, although others here may have more info, the problem with putting a small dog in a harness is the forces exerted on the dog in the event of an accident. The harness may hold them on the seat but they may not survive or may be seriously injured by the very strong forces exerted on them. That's why they have a minimum weight.

This is the video of the crash test for the sleepy pod harness done by the Center for Pet Safety. It gives some sense of the force the test dog experiences.


If anyone has more info, I'd love to know more about this.

Note: the video will play on their website if you click on the Vimeo logo.
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I saw it. It seems the dog inside would be shaken like dice in a high impact or rollover crash. We need aerospace engineer.

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I saw it. It seems the dog inside would be shaken like dice in a high impact or rollover crash. We need aerospace engineer.
When Loki is in the Sleepypod Air there isn't that much extra room for him to be shaken like dice. He can stand up enough to turn around but not really to stay standing. I think buckled into the seat the proper way the carrier will stay pretty secure. Sure he is going to move some at high impact or roll over but he will be infinitely more protected than out in the car. He will also be protected from flying objects. There is nothing to protect him, or me for that matter, in a truly bad accident.
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When Loki is in the Sleepypod Air there isn't that much extra room for him to be shaken like dice. He can stand up enough to turn around but not really to stay standing. I think buckled into the seat the proper way the carrier will stay pretty secure. Sure he is going to move some at high impact or roll over but he will be infinitely more protected than out in the car. He will also be protected from flying objects. There is nothing to protect him, or me for that matter, in a truly bad accident.
I am bidding on a "used once" Air on eBay, so thank you for that.

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I just want to add that the sleepypod shows a 30mph impact. It seems logical to me that a harness would keep a dog safer than a pod the dog would rattle around in in the event of a rollover or a fast speed of impact.
Except that in a harness (even the safest ones) the damage is done to the spine, when the harness restrains the body and not the head. I have a friend whose dog died of spinal injuries while wearing a good quality harness that kept him in place. Now, granted, this was a very bad accident, and my friend lost his life too. But if you watch the videos on CFPS, the amount of displacement in the neck is HUGE, even at 30MPH. The harnesses that get high ratings do so because they do not fail, and allow the dog to become a projectile in the car. Since they (have to) use dummies in crash tests, there is no data on spinal injuries.

Over and over, I have seen accidents where dogs in solidly built crates (not wire crates) survive. The SleepPod is very well rated if you have a dog small enough for it. Kodi is not, and Panda would be borderline. My Variocage was expensive, but I know my dogs are safe. When they are in our pickup truck, which doesn't accommodate a Variocage, they ride in Ruff Tough Kennels. Also a really good choice for those "slightly larger" Havs.
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