Long time no blog post! I am so sorry for the hiatus (or if you watch Big Brother, the ‘yatus’). My health has decreased (boo) and I’ve been taking summer courses. My days are filled with doctors appointments and homework – thrilling! I’ll do another health update soon, but for now I want to talk about one of the safest way to travel with your dog in the car. Captain has been coming to more and more appointments with me, so this is so fitting!
This is a sponsored post – but all opinions are my own. SleepyPod gave me a ClickIt Terrain Harness and Saddle bags in exchange for my review and opinion on social media posts. Sponsored posts and affiliate links are what keeps Atlantic Anchors running!
As you know, Captain is my lifeline. Since he’s my service dog in training, he is the one who takes care of me lol. I would do ANYTHING for him and I want to make sure I keep him as safe as possible in every situation.
One scenario that terrifies me is how to keep him safe in the car. No one can predict when an accident will happen and it can happen to anyone, no matter how safe of a driver you are. So when I heard about Sleepypod harnesses, I knew I had to give it a try and share it with you all.
Sleepypod is a company based out of the U.S. that aims to create the safest pet gear. They want to make sure your animals stay safe in the car, which is why they pour so much effort into researching and testing their products. Sleepypod makes one of the only harnesses and carriers that have been crash tested and approved for traveling with animals in your car. Don’t believe me? Watch here. You can also read more about their safety here.
I could give you SO many reasons why your pet should be restrained when in the car. First and foremost, if your dog is unrestrained they can be a big distraction to a driver. I wish there were seatbelt rules for dogs too. Second, if you were to get in a crash (which I hope never happens to anyone), your unrestrained pup could become a hazard. They could fly throughout the car, hit you, shatter the windshield, be instantly injured, etc. Or, if you get in a crash and your dog was to escape out of the car because they were not restrained, the first thing they’re going to do is run because they’re scared. They could run into the road, get lost, etc. No matter how safe of a driver you are, someone could always hit you. I don’t mean to scare you, but I do mean to be realistic about why your pet should be restrained. If you get into a crash and your dog is restrained, you can rest assured that they’re not going anywhere and they won’t pose a threat to anyone else. I’m not here to tell you how to take care of your pet, but I love ALL dogs and I want to inform you on ways to keep your dogs safe too.
Sleepypod harnesses and carriers are one of the safest ways to travel with your dog in the car, and one (if not) the easiest to use. What I love about the harness is that it’s an all-in-one product. You can walk your dog in it like it’s a harness because of the D-rings on the top, you can use it in the car to keep your pet safe, and if you have a service dog you can even use it as their vest.
I was gifted the ClickIt Terrain Harness and Saddle bags which are perfect for service dogs. They come with a velcro strip on both sides where you can add your own patches. We added these Service Dog patches from Amazon and placed them on the harness. What I love about the harness is that I can use it as his vest in the warmer months. Their harnesses are also available on Chewy!
The saddle bags clip directly onto the harness and they’re the perfect size to store items you may need. *Please consult your vet before you put any weight into your dogs saddle bags* Captain doesn’t have anything in them for these photos, but I imagine we will put my medication, ADA cards, copy of my doctors note, and his shot records in there (along with anything else we may need).
In their packages, they send out an information card on exactly how to tighten the vest and use it in the car. The vests are a bit hard to tighten, but that’s a good thing because that means they will stay tight and safe in the car! The vests are SO easy to put on. You just have your dog step into it using his front legs and then clip the two clips on their back! It’s way easier than the old harness we used to use.
If you typically walk your dog with a harness, you can use the Sleepypod harness as one. Just clip their leash into the two rings on both sides of the clip towards the top of their back. (P.S. we just started selling these nautical rope leashes and aren’t they so cute?!)
When you get to the car, all you need to do is put your dog in the backseat and feed the seatbelt through the harness and into the seatbelt clip. They should be comfortable and loose enough where they can lay down. Sleepypod also sells accessories to help you remember the length of the seatbelt for your dog.
Captain is wearing a Large, but I could have sized him down to a Medium. He has a 27-30″ girth. I need to tighten the straps even further before I take him in the car with it. It’s important that the harness fits properly for it to be the safest it can be. Sleepypod has a size chart on their website here where you can find the perfect size.
If you have a service dog, I recommend the Click-it Terrain. If you don’t have a service dog, I recommend the Click-it Sport. They’re both crash tested and approved. The only difference is that one has velcro straps for patches and one doesn’t. If you have a smaller dog, they also make carriers that are safe too!
Personally, I love my Sleepypod harness and I know several of Captain’s Instagram followers use them and rave about them. If you love your pup, I think it’s a no brainer to keep them safe in the car and to use products that have been crash tested and approved.
We will have a YouTube video coming up soon about us using it, so subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss it!
A huge thank you to Sleepypod for sponsoring this post. Their product is THE BEST dog product I’ve ever owned and I whole-heartedly believe that. As someone who’s spent an insane amount of money on my dog + training, this was one of the best investments ever. If you have any questions about Sleepypod harnesses or beds, feel free to email me or message me!