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Best in-car dog guards and harnesses

We test 11 of the best in-car dog gaurds and harnesses to see which keeps your beloved pooch safe on the road

Using a dog restraint or guard can be as important as putting on your seatbelt. It’ll help keep you and your four-legged friend safe in an accident but will also help prevent mishaps in the first place, by stopping man’s best friend from distracting the driver. 

There is a bewildering array of options, ranging from just a fiver to a wallet-wincing £115. So which is the best for you and your dog? With the help of Doris, we tried 11 universal options to find out.

How we tested them

For the restraints, we enlisted the help of Doris the poodle to judge ease of use. Then we tried universal-fit dog guards in two cars – a Land Rover Discovery 4 and Vauxhall Astra – to see if they fitted well in a pair of quite different vehicles. We judged their ‘dog proof’ abilities, how easy they were to fit, and whether they damaged the car and remained rattle-free on a journey. Final factor was price.

Verdict

There is a bewildering array of products aimed at dog lovers, and our best advice is to find something that works best for your car and your pooch. For restraints, the Musonic Dog Safety Vest Harness offers great value for money. At the other end of the scale, the Petego EB Jet Set Jumbo Isofix is a luxury treat for your vehicle and pet. Our top guard was the Halfords Mesh, but you could save cash by choosing the similar RAC model.

Guards:

  1. 1. Halfords Mesh Headrest Dog Guard
  2. 2. RAC Advanced Mesh Dog Guard
  3. 3. Sakura SS5259 Headrest Dog Guard

Restraints:

  1. 1. Musonic Dog Safety Vest Harness
  2. 2. Petego EB Jet Set Jumbo Isofix
  3. 3. RAC Car Safety Harness

Dog Guards

Halfords Mesh Headrest Dog Guard

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