CARS.COM — It’s National Puppy Day, and to celebrate, make sure your pup is safe in the car. Just as with children, pets should be restrained when traveling in cars — for their safety and the safety of other occupants. Two newer products do just that.
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Sleepypod — maker of pet carriers and safety harnesses — just added the Terrain model to its line of Clickit dog travel harnesses. In crash tests performed at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-contracted testing facility, the Clickit Terrain outperformed its predecessors, according to Sleepypod. In a statement, Sleepypod said the Terrain reduced forces on the chest area by 10 percent. Sleepypod uses its own test dummies (in the form of dogs and cats) and follows the same federal testing standards used to assess child-safety seats.
With the Terrain, Sleepypod is targeting performance and working dogs with a harness that serves double duty: protecting the dog while traveling and acting as a lightweight, comfortable walking harness. Enhancements include new shock-absorbing sleeves and a broader padded vest. Reflective patches at the back can be swapped out for service patches.