Best Dog Car Harness & Seat Belt for 2019 (5 Tested)

Best Dog Car Harness & Seat Belt for 2019 (5 Tested)

  • 13 min read
  • Last Updated: 04/26/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

We reviewed 15 car harnesses for dogs to help keep you and your dog safe on the road. In our research, we uncovered a lot of startling facts about harnesses that companies tout as “crash tested” but don’t actually hold up in a crash. Fortunately, we found one harness that stands out from the pack and does the most to keep your pup secure at a reasonable price point: Kurgo Tru-Fit Harness.

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best dog car harness

Best Overall

Kurgo Tru-Fit Harness

7/10

Durable and high quality

Works for both a car harness and a walking harness

Not easy to put on

Sits a little high up on the neck of certain dogs

Not ideal for pullers

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety
Crash tested using Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards
Material
Premium nylon and interior is padded
Design
Slip-on
Points of Adjustment
5
Leash Attachment
2 (back-clip and front-clip)
Color Choices
1

Best Quality

SleepyPod Terrain

9/10

Can be used for both a car harness and a walking harness

Well padded to reduce chafing

Great for medium and large size dogs

Very high price point

Not good for pullers

Sizing is a bit tricky

Center for Pet Safety Certification
five star rating
Safety
Tested with the same dynamic crash test used for child safety restraints
Material
Ballistic nylon exterior and automotive grade seatbelt webbing
Design
Slip-on and easy buckles
Points of Adjustment
4
Leash Attachment
Back-clip
Color Choices
4

Best for Big & Medium Dogs

SleepyPod ClickIt

8/10

Reflective strips

Easy to clean

Super easy to put on

Ease of movement

3 points of seatbelt contact

High price point

Causes chafing if used as a walking harness

Center for Pet Safety Certification
five star rating
Safety
Tested with the same dynamic crash test used for child safety restraints
Material
Ballistic nylon exterior and automotive grade seatbelt webbing
Design
Slip-on
Points of Adjustment
4
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip
Color Choices
4

Best for Small Dogs

ZuGoPet Dog Harness

9/10

Perfect for 25 lb dogs

Certified and recommended by veterinarians

Durable and tested with high standards

Should not be used for walking

Limited color choice

Takes some practice to get on your dog

Center for Pet Safety Certification
five star rating
Safety
Tested with the same dynamic crash test used for child safety restraints
Material
Seatbelt material and premium nylon
Design
Unique backpack/front pack design
Points of Adjustment
8
Leash Attachment
0 - this does not have an attachment for a leash
Color Choices
1

Solvit Harness

7/10

Low price point

Very easy to clean

Thinner and made of cheaper material than most other options on the market

Not ideal for long car trips

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety
Crash tested and claims to be tested up to 3
000 lbs of pressure
Material
High quality nylon and soft mesh interior
Design
Slip-on
Points of Adjustment
4
Leash Attachment
Back-clip
Color Choices
1

Kurgo Impact

7/10

Lifetime warranty

Very easy to put seatbelt through the harness

Very high price point

Dogs are able to easily back out of the harness if not secured properly

Adjustment straps become loose after every use

Not easy to take on and off

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety
Crash tested using Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards
Material
Premium nylon and high tensile tubular webbing
Design
Slip-on
Points of Adjustment
4
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip
Color Choices
1

Mighty Paw Harness

2/10

Doubles as a walking harness

Needs the Mighty Paw safety belt to make this car compatible

Has to use a tether to make it secure

Made of cheap material. Chewers beware

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety

tested
Material
Premium nylon
soft padding interior
and metal hardware
Design
Clip-on
Points of Adjustment
4
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip
Color Choices
1

Slowton Dog Car Harness

3/10

Large color selection

Various sizes to pick from

Not good for escape artists

Made of cheap material

Does not hold up to stress

Has a seat belt tether

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety

crash tested
Material
High-grade nylon and soft mesh
Design
Slip-on vest with plastic buckles
Points of Adjustment
4 points (2 neck and 2 girth)
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip
Color Choices
16

EzyDog Harness

8/10

Quick one-time fit and adjustment

“Mag-Lok” feature for instant closure

Tough and durable

High price point

Not CPS certified

Not good for short neck dogs

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety
Tested using the seat belt standards for both the US and EU
Material
Seatbelt-grade webbing and aluminum alloy
Design
Step-in vest
Points of Adjustment
4 (2 neck and 2 girth)
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip (double metal D-rings)
Color Choices
1

DOGJOG Dog Harness

4/10

Low price point

Ideal for puppies and smaller dogs

Uses a tether for security

Not great for bigger dogs

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety

tested
Material
Durable nylon material and nickel plated hardware
Design
Slip-on
Points of Adjustment
4 (2 neck and 2 girth)
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip

Ruffwear Vehicle Harness

8/10

A lot of sizing options

Very easy to put on

Made out of high quality and durable

High price point

There is not a lot of adjustments within a size. Order up if your dog is between sizes.

Not great for daily walks

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety
Tested and passed under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213
Material
High-grade nylon
soft mesh interior
and seat belt grade material
Design
Slip-on vest
Points of Adjustment
4
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip
Color Choices
1

PAWBOO Car Harness

3/10

Low price point

Not crash tested

Not compatible with a number of cars

Only security is with a seat belt tether

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety

Material
Premium nylon and soft mesh interior
Design
Slip-on vest and seat belt tether
Points of Adjustment
4 points (2 neck and 2 chest)
Leash Attachment
1 back-clip
Color Choices
10

AllSafe Dog Car Harness

8/10

Reflective strips

Can also be used for as a walking harness

Very high price point

Won’t hold up if used for walking on a daily basis

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety
Crash tested for up to 75 lbs and meets seat belt standards in USA and EU
Material
Combination of stainless steel hardware and strong nylon
Design
Step-in vest
Points of Adjustment
4
Leash Attachment
Back-clip
Color Choices
1

Bergan Dog Car harness

6/10

Moderate price point

Wide selection of sizes

Allows your dog to lay down

Tether restraints are not good for back support in the case of a collision

Rather difficult to adjust

Not great for escape artists

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety
Crash tested to meet the standards of V9DT
Material
Premium nylon and metal carabiners
Design
Step-in that secures with a seat belt tether
Points of Adjustment
4
Leash Attachment
0 -

leash attachments
Color Choices
1

Good2Go

4/10

Low price point

Doubles as a walking harness

Easy to slip seat belt through harness

Only tested up to 30 mph

Not approved by the CPS

Made out of cheap materials

Center for Pet Safety Certification

Safety
Impact test at 30 mph
Material
Premium nylon and cast steel hardware
Design
Vest with metal buckles for security and a handle the seat belt goes through
Points of Adjustment
4 (2 neck and 2 girth)
Leash Attachment
1 Back-clip
Color Choices
1

How To Choose

This is the criteria we used to review the harnesses. We organized it from the most important to least important.

Center for Pet Safety Certification: Has the CPS tested and approved this harness?
Safety: Is this harness tested for crashes and does it actually hold up?
Material: What is it made out of and will it hold up to stress?
Design: How does this go on your dog and is it easy to use?
Points of Adjustment: Is it easy to adjust and how much adjustment can I do?
Leash Attachment: How many leash attachments are on it and what types?
Color Choices: What are the color choices and styles to pick from?

Challenges of Car Harnesses:

When thinking about car harnesses for their pup, many owners are thinking only about keeping their dog safe during a crash. While it’s fantastic to be on the lookout for your little guy, it’s just as important to remember you need to be kept safe from your dog in a crash–just like with any other objects in the car. Did you know that a 10 lb dog becomes a 500 lb force in a 50mph collision? Or that a 60 lb dog can become a 3000 lb force in a collision?

With this in mind, it’s very important that when we consider any car harness, we make sure that it will at least keeping your pup in place. We turned to the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) and found some rather shocking discoveries.

In 2013, the CPS conducted a series of tests on harness that claimed to be “safe and crash tested.” Turns out that almost every single harness for dogs failed.

For the strength test, the researchers measured the quality of the harness material and determined if it would break under the force of an average car crash. Many harnesses broke here and were deemed “catastrophic failures.”

For the crash test, the researchers made three “dog dummies” of different weights (10 lb, 35 lb, and 60 lb) and put them through the same test used for evaluating seatbelts on automobiles. Only one harness succeed and was overall deemed safe: SleepyPod ClickIt.

Many of the harness we review here are too new to have been tested by the CPS in the 2013 study, but the companies claim that they’ve been crash tested nonetheless. Ultimately, it’s hard to evaluate what this means, as there are no regulations for dog car harnesses. Regardless, we will be mark if each harness claims to be crash tested and/or has a certification from the CPS.

Using The Car Harness

Most car harnesses are like your typical harness and sport a leash attachment. These leash attachments are most likely going to be back-clips or a front-clip. (Keep in mind that these harness aren’t meant to be used as walking harnesses in the long run.)

What makes them different than your typical harness is that there’s a place for you to slide the seat belt through. When you have the seatbelt adjusted onto the harness, it restricts the movement of your dog to keep them in their seat.

Some dogs really don’t like to be confined but all dogs like to be safe, so it’s worth figuring out a way to make it work for you. So, we recommend some introductory training sessions in which you get your dog acclimated to the new harness. For example, let them try on the harness without getting into a car for the first few times and (ideally) let them sniff around inside the car without actually going anywhere or securing them.

Keeping Distractions At Bay

It’s no surprise that distractions while driving are the #1 cause of accidents on the road–which is a huge reason why car harnesses for your dog are so important. The last thing you need while driving is having your four-legged friend distracting you!

If you aren’t looking for something that necessarily rates well in a collision, or if your budget is really limited, there are some cheaper options that will keep your pup in his or her seat, so you can keep your attention 100% on the road.

Buckle Up

Road trips with your pup can be an absolute blast, and having the ability to drive your dog in a car can make life a lot easier. No matter what your plans are, it is imperative that you make sure you and your dog are safe on the road.

Whether you’re looking for a harness that will keep you free from four-legged distractions, or something more rugged that can protect your dog in a collision, there’s something out there for every owner. Let us know which one you picked, and be safe out there!