Crash-Tested Enhanced Strength Dog Car Harness
This crash-tested dog car harness keeps you and your dog safe while driving. 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 Dog Car HarnessTM can also be used as a comfortable 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!
For maximum crash protection and to limit excursion, you should use the included carabiner to attach the harness to you car seat belt system. For instructions on how to properly use this harness and strap your dog into the car, follow these 3 Steps to Buckle Up Your Pup.
- Protects dogs, drivers and passengers on the road
- Broad, padded chest plate for extra protection and comfort
- Sizes to fit deep-chested large dogs with chest circumference up to 44″
- Compatible with any vehicle seat belt system
- Includes a carabiner and 10-inch dog seat belt loop
- Functions as an auto or walking harness
- Five adjustment points for a perfect fit on all shapes and sizes
- All-metal hardware
- Machine washable. Line dry.
HARNESS SIZING GUIDE
To start, there are a few different measurements you should get:
Chest: Measure around the body of the dog with a flexible cloth tape measure. You should be starting at the bottom of the rib cage and going up and over the back and then back down to where you started.
Neck: Wrap the tape around the thickest part of your dog’s neck and take that measurement. The part right on top of his shoulders, not where he would normally wear his collar which is narrower.
Weight: While chest and neck measurements are the most accurate ways to fit a dog, many harness companies use weight to guide sizing. If you’re having trouble getting your furry friend on the scale, weigh yourself first, then pick up your pooch and weigh the two of you together. The difference will be the weight of your dog.
Find your size in the chart below. In most cases, the sizing ranges will overlap. For example, the neck size of a medium harness might be 16-25" while the large is 18"-30". If your dog falls within the range for both sizes on both the neck and chest, we suggest you go to the larger size.
PUTTING ON YOUR HARNESS
How to set-up an over-head harness (One Time)
To put on a harness properly, you should make sure it starts fairly loose so it’s easy to slip on your dog. You can tighten it once it’s on. You should also note that a proper snug fit means you can fit two (and only two) fingers between your dog and the harness at any point. Slide the harness over the head of your dog. Do not tighten anything at this point.
Swing the chest piece up so that it’s touching your dog’s chest and belly. On the chest piece, you’ll find two buckles, swing these up (one on either side of your dog, behind the front legs) and fasten them to the back of the harness. Adjust the sides of your harness to fit snugly.
Adjust the belly (if applicable) of your harness to fit snugly. Only some harnesses, such as a Kurgo Tru-Fit Dog Harness, include the adjustment point on the stomach
Adjust the neck of your harness to fit snugly.
Signs of a poor fit
Your harness may be the improper size or improperly fitted if you see any of the following:
- Losing fur around harness area
- Chafing around harness area
- Dog wiggling free
- Back piece of harness rotating to sides
- Dog strongly resisting walking
BUCKLING UP YOUR DOG
3 STEPS TO BUCKLE UP YOUR DOG IN THE CAR
Did you know there is a correct way to buckle up your dog in the car? The first step is purchasing a crash tested harness, but the second step is understanding how to correctly strap your dog in for a roadtrip, using the harness.
So what exactly is a crash tested harness? At Kurgo, our Enhanced Strength Tru-Fit Dog Car Harness was tested at an established University testing facility using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for child restraint systems. This was tested for dogs up to 75 pounds and simulated using weighted dog toys, for realistic testing, and proved successful.
When you have the right size for your dog, adjust the harness to fit. The Enhanced Strength Harness has multiple adjustment points to create the perfect, comfortable fit for your DOG. It also functions well as a walking harness, so get your dog used to it by first taking your dog on walks, before testing it in the car.
Our crash tested harness comes with 3 pieces - the harness itself, a carabiner clip, and a nylon loop tether. The harness and carabiner are used to safely secure your dog in a vehicle, while the nylon loop tether can be used for other training and restraining purposes. The carabiner clip is the most important piece when attaching your dog's harness to the car's seat belt. Take the carabiner and attach it to both the waist and shoulder straps of the seat belt, as shown in the picture. Now, buckle the seat belt.
Once the carabiner is connected to both the shoulder and waist strap of the seat belt, attach the carbiner through the top layer of webbing on the back strap on the harness. Never attach the carabiner to the leash attachment. The metal ring is for using the harness with a leash only - it is not strong enough to hold during a crash.