Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

All Harnessed Up And Ready To Go!

on June 2, 2011

Daisy loves going to new places, and we wanted her to be as safe as possible in this world of crazy drivers. So I did some research and decided that a car harness is the safest way to protect our little travelin’ pup.

I read that you should use the harness several times on short trips to get the dog used to it, because they generally don’t take to it right away. Well, we tried the harness out for the first time this weekend – I think Daisy rather liked the open-air experience, what do you think? 😉

This is much better than my puppy travel crate! I feel like a person!

“Thrilled” is the word that came to mind! She was SO happy and tried out all kinds of sitting, standing, and lying positions, always with that same happy puppy-pant.

I'm so happyyyyyyyy!

I was shocked to read in a Blog Paws article that there are still a lot of people who drive with their dogs on their laps – while they’re driving! Just take a look in the article at what the AAA (American Automobile Association) says happens to dogs of different weights who are unrestrained by a car harness – it’s terrifying. You’d think that would be enough to convince pet owners to keep their pet as safe as they keep their children.

Anyway, since our first 10-minute drive with Daisy was such a success, we’re going to increase that travel time. We also have a seat protector which we’ll use on our next trip because we know this time we’ll be taking Daisy out to explore. (Isn’t it funny how Daisy’s coloring just happens to match my car interior? LOL!) 🙂

Where are we going next??

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15 responses to “All Harnessed Up And Ready To Go!

  1. Judy says:

    That’s one happy dog. Looks like she enjoyed the trip:)

  2. Hey Daisy,

    It’s cool that you co-ordinate with the car, so do I! 🙂

    I also have a harness, I like mine too, I sit in the rear of the car and I get to look out of the back window – I so love going out in the car on adventures, when we get there I have a big sniff to see if I’ve been there before…..

    Happy travels,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  3. Very cool! I am always shocked to see and hear about people driving with their dogs in their lap – it’s so dangerous! Gus is a squirmy little guy, so there’s no way I could concentrate on driving if he was sitting with me.

    Glad to see/hear that her harness was such a success!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I’m shocked too, Lori. One woman in the article said she could protect her dog in an accident, but that’s impossible for several reasons, which have been proven by the AAA. It’s scary that people do that – and sad.

  4. barb19 says:

    Glad to see that the new car harness is such a success with Daisy – she looks very happy and comfortable! Gotta protect our pets!

  5. Daisy looks absolutely delighted about riding around in the car that whole idea of a harness probably flew out the window (no pun intended)!

  6. Kristen says:

    Daisy looks very pleased with the new set-up.

    Very interesting article. I was surprised to see that Massachusetts was included on the list of states with a restraint law. I did not know that. I’m disappointed to say that Bailey does not travel the safest way. Bailey always rides shot-gun in the car. If both Craig are in the car, he is in the passengers lap. If only 1 person in the car, he is in the passenger seat. He is very good about not moving around in the car. We had a harness for him when he is a puppy, however it wasn’t a good size connector to the seatbelt and was uncomfortable for him. Riding in his crate stresses him out way too much. I should really look into a better harness for him. Although he would still end up in our laps when 2 people are in the car. He refuses to ride in the backseat by himself. He gets way too stressed and hyperventilates himself to death.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      That’s a really tough situation – I wonder if your vet could suggest any calming techniques that could help Bailey get used to a harness? I think states with restraint laws should do a better job of bringing them to the attention of the public.

      • Kristen says:

        Bailey’s car anxiety has been a constant battle. He was fine when he was a puppy then one day when he was almost a year old, it just triggered. We have no idea why.

        He has gotten better and now he doesn’t do it all the time, but some trips he still gets very shakey and panty. It depends a lot on the distance traveled/time in the car, the roads we are on (bumpy, smooth, highway, town), and also what time of day it is (he gets very nervous at nighttime in the car). We have tried homeopathic remedies. We have tried benedryl. We have even gotten prescription sedatives from the vet a couple years ago when we were doing 4 9hour drives traveling from family to family for the holidays. Nothing really seems to help and take the edge off for him. However like I said, sometimes he will be completely fine (as long as he is up front with us, he is never happy alone in the back).

  7. Kas says:

    We like the harnesses for short drives but crate the pups for long trips. Interesting article – pets need to be kept safe too!

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