RUFFWEAR - Load Up, Dog Car Harness with Strength-Rated Hardware, Secure Vehicle Restraint, Universal Seat Belt Attachment
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About this item
- STRONG AND SECURE: Designed to keep your pup safe and secure while traveling to your next adventure; Keeps them safely restrained during sudden vehicle movements
- BUILT FOR SAFETY: Successfully tested to withstand the rigors of a vehicle crash test; Crafted with strength-rated all-metal hardware and components
- COMFORTABLE CONSTRUCTION; Allows room to sit, stand, and lie down; Comfy for both short trips and extended travel; Can be worn during rest stops and bathroom breaks
- QUICK ATTACHMENT: Made to attach quickly and easily to existing seat belts; Allows room to sit, stand, and lie down
- DYNAMICALLY TESTED: At MGA Research Corp (a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contracted test facility) under the conditions outlined in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 215
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The Load Up Harness is an automotive canine travel harness designed to safely travel with dogs to and from adventures. Built with strength-rated hardware and components, the Load Up Harness has been successfully tested to withstand the rigors of a vehicle crash test. It attaches to existing seat belts for a universal fit, keeps dogs secure during sudden vehicle movements, and allows drivers to focus. The Load Up Harness is easy to put on and adjust, comfortable for dogs to wear during extended travel, and can be left on dogs for bathroom breaks and during rest stops.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 16.93 x 12 x 1.5 inches; 1 Pounds
- Item model number : 3060
- Department : Unisex
- Date First Available : January 31, 2015
- Manufacturer : Ruffwear
- ASIN : B00R36BWCO
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I love Ruffwear and have many of their products that have lasted me many years. I researched the crash test results and though they did not make it in in time to be tested by the CPS (Center for Pet Safety), they did perform the same crash test (frontal impact at 30mph) as other harnesses that labeled themselves crash-rated. If you view the crash-test video, you see that the nylon webbing straps slip from their original adjustment points--but even so, the dog remains in the seat. Ruffwear adjusted their design after performing the test and watching the video to prevent this strap slippage.
I really like this harness and its lower connection point. It stays in place and my dog is able to lay down comfortably.
The only slight issue I noticed was that the rear straps don't really offer enough adjustment. I measured my dog per the directions and find that the front opening is absurdly small when it arrives. You can adjust it, obviously, but the diameter is comical compared to the enormous straps in back, as though you were putting the harness on a brontosaurus (the name exists again, as of April 2015--yay!) or other sauropod with a tiny head and neck and a giant body.
While I feel that the rear straps could be a bit more adjustable, the harness does fit well and comfortably overall and keeps my dog secure. This is the comfort and quality I've come to expect from ruffwear, and I'm very pleased. I'm only sorry I wasted my time with Sleepypod, first.
We tried Sleepypod's Utility--which not only poorly fit--but had mediocre customer assistance and was difficult to return. They have owners use a figure 8 measuring system for a harness that adjusts on the neck and waist separately. Their harnesses are also poor fits for dogs with big chests and little waists. It is only mentioned on one place on their website that the harness is not appropriate for sighthounds.
It was a pleasure to discover Ruffwear developed their own car harness. We're already Ruffwear fans as we've found their other products to be high-quality and reliable. We have a Ruffwear Web Master harness our whippet mix inherited that is about 12 years old now and still holding up well (one of the few harnesses he can't Houdini out of).
The Load Up is $20 less expensive than ClickIt Utility, and it was good knowing we could return it easily if it didn't work out for our dog. It has has not been independently tested yet (looking forward to seeing what the results are when it is), but Ruffwear did their own crash tests on it and has videos for it. I've read the harness has been changed since then and find this may be true (the back loop appears shorter), but these changes are probably a good thing.
Out of the box, it is very nice--even better than I expected (and I had high expectations to begin with). It is well-padded but very adjustable. The buckles are very solid and easy to unlock. I found it simple to adjust. The ends of the straps neatly velcro so they stay out of the way. It was folded in a neat little travel bag and came with a small booklet.
It ended up fitting our hatchet-shaped escape artist fantastically. He's comfortable, but cannot slip out of it at all.
It doesn't have side attachments like Clickit Utility--which would have been nice for extra security--but it has a loop in the back that the seatbelt goes through. This gives the dog a little more freedom and makes it easier to attach in the car. My guy is used to not having a lot of mobility since we already used a seatbelt through his web harness so this works very well for him. This probably would not be a good choice--however--for a dog who is an anxious rider who struggles or chews on things. S/he would need training and should probably ride in a crate until s/he learned to calmly ride with a harness--otherwise it could cause a distracting struggle or seatbelts could end up easily being chewed. We have a pom mix who is like that and a pair of wrecked seatbelts to prove it.
The loop in the back of the harness is short. It could be used as a short leash on taller dogs for a quick potty break or to help dogs get in and out of the car. I found I could walk with my whippet mix on it (he is tall for a 45 pound dog). For smaller/shorter dogs, you'd want to attach it to a leash. However, this is obviously not meant for extended walks. There's no metal or plastic reinforced loops. That is a bit disappointing given the price. It would have been nice if Ruffwear added a back and/or front attachment so the harness gets more use than just in the car.
Another small thing I would like to see Ruffwear change is to offer these harnesses in bright reflective colors--such as neon yellow or orange. Some of the most horrific accidents I have seen dogs in (the kind where they get hit by a car) happened to dark-colored dogs. For this reason, I always like to put my shiny black pup in bright reflective gear when we are traveling. Color may be a small thing, but if it helps a driver see the dog and stop faster I'd be happy to take that extra step while we are traveling as dogs are sometimes known to slip off leash during potty breaks on the road. Also, it can get a little hot in the back of the car. A reflective color would help keep heat off the dog which would be very useful given how thick this harness is and how much coverage it has.
Overall, the Load Up appears to be a solid safe and comfortable seltbelt harness--definitely one of the few choices sighthounds have if you wanted to get a good car seatbelt harness instead of using a crate or regular harness. With a few small changes it could be perfect. I look forward to seeing it tested when the Center for Pet Safety runs their next dog car harness study. In the meantime, we hope it keeps our skinny black hound (and us) safe on many adventures.
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This harness definitely helps make me feel at ease knowing she is safe.
Ita a bit fiddly to adjust the straps when you put it on your dog, and mine is a bit impatient and a wiggler!
The only thing that’s important to note, my dog has lipomas (fatty lumps) in her abdomen and the bit of the harness that goes underneath her is fairly rigid and is uncomfortable for her with her lumps. In short journeys, the lumps will be ok. But longer journeys might cause a fair bit of rubbing. So it’s something to consider in dogs with any health issue that might make the abdominal plate uncomfortable/harmful.
I know these harnesses are expensive, but they appear to be the best on the market and heavily crash tested with various weights.
Definitely follow the advice, if your dog is between sizes get the smaller size! Otherwise the stomach and chest plate will be too big and massively uncomfortable and loose.
Also, this is only suitable for traveling and not to be used as a walking harness! Really important!
It’s worth the extra money for the peace of mind. She’s my everything. And dogs in crates, footwells, or in the back with a metal partition are terrible ways to travel with your dog! Not safe at all.
This is a must with the new regulations that dogs must be restrained and kept away from the driver.