It’s not much of a secret that we travel a lot with our dogs. Sometimes it’s just a short trip into town for errands together, sometimes it’s a road trip to a fun adventure destination, other times it’s training, or it could end up to be a longer road trip that takes us several days. Most of the time, if we can take a dog or two or three somewhere with us, we do. However, there’s one thing that’s always bothered me when we take our dogs with us, and that has to do with keeping dogs safe on our road trips.
When Morgan and Küster travel, they ride in a crate. For Bunny and Flattery, that isn’t so much an option. For one thing, I can’t fit two crates in the SRX and for another, they really don’t like riding in crates. I want them to be both safe and comfortable, and so I’ve been looking for a solution that would keep them safe and still let them look around and enjoy the journey. We tried a couple of different seat belt systems and always had the same problem. The girls get their legs tangled up because they occasionally want to get up and turn around to get more comfortable. No matter how I’ve set the crazy things up, the problem happens and it’s not fun to be driving down the road and suddenly hear the Greyhound Scream of Death. This results in having to pull the car over, get said Greyhound untangled, resettled and then reattached. It’s not fun for anyone, and that GSOD can take a few years off your life, especially when you aren’t expecting it.
When I saw that Kurgo had a zip line that attaches to a leash to operate as a seat belt, I knew I had to have it. I ordered one to test it out and see how it works, and I really like it. Actually, I plan to get a second one now that I’ve tried the first one so that I have one for Bunny in the back seat and one for Flattery in the cargo bay. There are lot of things that I like about it.
The first thing I like is that it’s easy to use. You take a little time setting up the zip line the way you want it and it’s very versatile. You can put it between two seat belts, handles on the ceiling, around the seat or between the head rests like we did. Not only can it work in a car, you can use it on a boat or other vehicle that has a seat you want to keep your dog secure in. I set ours up so that it was up higher, which eliminates the problem of the dogs getting their legs tangled up when they turn around.
Our dogs are pretty well-trained to wait in the car until we tell them to jump out, but with the zip line, they can’t do that even if they forget to wait for our instructions. I think back to that busy night on the highway a few months ago when I had that flat tire and had to move Flattery from the cargo area to the back seat and how nervous I was about opening that back hatch along the side of the interstate. I admit that I had a lot of fear that I would experience the one time when I had to get my dog out of the back and things went wrong. That was one of the most harrowing parts about that ordeal for me. If I’d had the zip line then, there would have been no worry about her jumping out and getting away from me. The tether part of the product is actually a leash, so you can unhook it and never have to worry about your dog getting loose if you want. If you’re traveling with a dog you’re unfamiliar with, that’s young or unpredictable, that can be a real life saver.
Another thing I like about it is that it’s fully customizeable. You can adjust the zip line itself to fit any reasonable area. The leash that comes with it also has a series of loops along it so that you can make it the perfect length for your dog. This is the part that has really made it work for us. You can also use the leash by itself if you have something you want to attach it to in the car somewhere, like a handle in the cargo area.
Things you should know if you decide you want one of your own is that it does not come with a harness. You’ll need to get one of those yourself. I’d prefer it if it had a swivel attachment at the end of the leash instead of a fixed clip, but that’s a small complaint. So far, that hasn’t decreased our happiness with how it works in the least. There is also not an option to get a second tether by itself, which I wish they’d offer, but perhaps it will come in the future. Overall, these are pretty small complaints, though. None of these things will keep me from ordering another one of these in the very near future.
We have been very happy with our Kurgo products and I highly recommend them for people who want to travel with their dogs. Their products give us a lot of peace of mind that our dogs are going to be safe in the event that something unexpected happens. Combined with the hammock that we have in the back seat, I feel like we are good to go to have safe travels to all the adventures that life has in store for us.