The other day I was not a happy bunny! I had told Mum & Dad that I was done with travelling. In my younger years I have eaten frogs’ legs in France, drunk Guiness in Ireland, gone skiing in Andorra and moved lock, stock and barrel to Spain, where I found the tapas slightly addictive!
After all these adventures I said enough is enough; no more backpacks, no more travel, no more long car journeys. It was time to hang up my harness with dignity. However, my Nanny had not been very well and mum said we needed to visit her, which meant a 32 hour car journey.
So I took the opportunity to try out a new car harness and give mum and dad my much valued opinion. The new harness I tried on the journey was the Kurgo Tru–Fit harness. It’s been crash tested and specially designed for car travel. It was comfy to wear and didn’t rub any of my legs (trust me, I have had a few of those over the years!). It has a thick chest plate with extra padding to support my impressive chest in the case of the unthinkable accident. The buckles on it are secure but easy for my Mum to do up. All in all I was quite impressed and I have continued to wear it on all my car journeys.
This did get me thinking about what the ‘rules & regulations’ currently are for doggies travelling in cars! So I used my amazing K9 abilities to check it out on the internet.
This is what the Highway Code quotes about animals:- ‘When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.
A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-about-animals-47-to-58.
As I stated there is currently no British Standard for a dog harness and most of the ones on the market have not been crash tested. Even harnesses that have been crash tested may only have been done so up to a certain weight limit and these vary. So make sure any harness you purchase has been tested to your weight.
Woofs Spike, the roaming OAP repawter for Tuffdogs Stuff.