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Recommended for use with the SURVIVOR Harness or CHAMPION Harness. Extra Restraint Straps are ideal for faster use in a second vehicle.
The SURVIVOR Restraint Strap (included with the SURVIVOR Big Dog Seat Belt System), is designed to provide the ultimate in strength, versatility, and adjustment. They are easy to attach to different types of vehicle seat belts and SUV cargo hooks, but nothing beats the convenience of having one already set up and adjusted in each vehicle your dog will ride in.
The SURVIVOR Restraint Strap uses a real seat belt adjuster buckle and adjusts in length from 6-30″ for ultimate versatility and range of movement control. (the M-XL CHAMPION System adjusts about 10 to 20″). This makes it excellent for use with all large dogs, or tall thin dogs like Greyhounds that fit the smaller CHAMPION Harnesses but need some extra length. It is also great for dogs that require a shorter Restraint (down to 6″). It is easy to adjust even when your dog is belted in. This feature can be used to provide very easy hook-up and release, and with a simple pull you can tighten the strap down for safety when in use.
The SURVIVOR Restraint Strap will also work with other types of harnesses, but for good safety and comfort we strongly recommend use with the SURVIVOR Harness™ or CHAMPION Harness™ only. Most walking harnesses have a breaking strength of around 500 lbs., this is not enough to protect medium or larger dogs in a collision. (the force can be up to 20X body weight in a 30 MPH impact). When used with the CHAMPION or SURVIVOR Harness, the System has a strength of over 2000 lbs. Additional safety, comfort, and style features found on the CHAMPION and SURVIVOR Harnesses make a big difference, and it is well worth the extra money to get the full system.
Prevent driver distraction – This is the most important reason because it affects not just your vehicle’s occupants, but potentially many others. Pets and loose objects are the 3rd worst in-car distraction according to a recent AAA study! They were considered worse than cell phone usage (#6), eating & drinking (#5) and adjusting climate controls (#4) (#1 is radio or CD player, #2 is children or others in car – Source: Extra Magazine telecast 8-20-01). During 2000 in the US more than 1.5 million accidents were caused by distracted driving! (Source: NBC Dateline telecast 6-19-01).
Protect your dog. Your dog deserves the same protection as you and your family – In a 30 mph. collision occupants of the vehicle can exert a force 20 times that of their body weight! Seat belts and harnesses protect by absorbing some of this force and distributing the load evenly across the stronger areas of the body, protecting the head, neck, and body from injury. A dog restraint that reduces this potential impact force can make the difference between life and death, and help prevent serious injury. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that:
- seat belts are the “most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries when traffic crashes occur”
- “3/4 of occupants who are ejected from passenger cars are killed”
- inpatient hospital charges are on average $5,000 higher for non belted occupants
Protect yourself, your family, and other passengers in your vehicle – In an accident, a dog can be thrown with hundreds or even thousands of pounds of force into other occupants of the vehicle, easily causing life threatening injuries. A good restraint system can help minimize this danger.
Make it easier for rescue workers and EMTs to help in the event of an accident – A dog that has been in an accident is likely to be shocked, confused, injured, and protective. It does not understand what has happened and may attack people or rescue workers indiscriminately and without additional provocation. Your dog may think that people who come to help you actually caused the accident and are now coming to attack again! Police officers have told us that they have shot dogs when in this situation.
Prevent runaways and daring escapes! – Even well behaved dogs can have their moments of “distraction”. Far from home or on vacation is the worst place to lose your dog. Dogs can also get injured or killed jumping from even a slow moving vehicle.
Convenience – It is easier to restrain your dog than to worry and guard against escape every time a window or door is opened! This also means you may be able to leave some windows open for ventilation.
Helps dogs that get carsick or fear driving – Some veterinarians recommend restraint systems to help stabilize a dog when braking, cornering, and accelerating. This gives them a feeling of security and may help them overcome nervousness and the fear of driving.
Restraints may be required by law – California and several counties and cities in other states now require all animals to be tethered in vehicles.