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Dog Seatbelts: The Champion System
You can find a dog seat belt in any pet shop. You cannot, however, find a quality dog seat belt so easily. I spent a significant amount of time researching the performance statistics of various brands, and the best has, and probably always will be, Champion.
Why is a seatbelt necessary? A low speed collision can have a detrimental impact on your dog if they aren't properly restrained. Champion's safety system can actually withstand this impact, which is why they are so popular with dog lovers.
How strong is the harness? The large harnesses can withstand up to 2000 pounds of exerted force. That's a whole heck of a lot. The harness also has extra wide straps, to help distribute the impact evenly. They are 50% wider than the average walking harness. It also has a very strong swivel snap. It's smooth and rounded, so it won't pose a problem for your dog if he moves around and steps on it.
How do you connect it? Once the harness is on your dog, two metal rings will be accessible from their back. All you have to do is take the Restraint Strap and clip its swivel hook through those rings. You can shorten the swivel lead to whatever length you want. It's entirely possible to keep it at a length where your dog can sit, stand or turn around comfortably.
Can the halter be used for walking? Yes, absolutely. They might be a bit heavy for some dogs, but it's certainly possible. Just connect your leash through those two harness hoops and you're all set.
What size does it come in? There are 5 basic sizes available and their site has a guide to help you determine which one your dog needs. They tell you how to measure your dog's chest, and they also recommend by weight. If you have a dog over 100 pounds, they have a special system you may want to consider. Additionally, if your dog is a puppy, they have combination packages available to accommodate a growing dog.
It may be the law where you live. California requires dogs be tethered in moving vehicles. There are likely additional states requiring this, as pet distractions rank high on the list of causes of traffic accidents. If you're required to have one anyway, you might as well get one that can actually fulfill its purpose and save your dog's life.
How much do they cost? These are highly affordable and very durable. They average $35 dollars and are worth every single penny. They even come with a 30 day money back guarantee.
How do I order? You can order online at www.champk-9.com and pay by credit card or check. If you'd like to place an international order, you may do so via their EU partner site www.championswitzerland.com. I've been using this system for a year now, and I highly recommend it. They are durable and effective. Your dog deserves the same kind of protection you do - they're family, after all! xx Isabella