Crash Test Approved Pet Carriers And Harnesses

Sleepy Pod Carrier

Travelling with your pets can be quite stressful. You’re responsible for yourself and your pet’s well-being. It’s one of those things where pets can get quite nervous about travelling especially if it’s their first time. My husband and I travel a lot with our dogs so we’ve become seasoned pros. I would say the most important thing that we ever did was to research the best pet travel products.  When I say best products I mean crash test approved pet travel products. Now there aren’t that many on the market despite seeing many claims that a product is crash test approved. These claims are made simply because there’s a lack of truth in pet product advertising unfortunately.

So how on earth do you sift through these products to find the crash test approved ones?

One easy way is to go to The Centre For Pet Safety. It’s my go-to site for such products and information.  You can view the products that have been crash test approved at a standard 30 mph. The same criteria as an infant car seat crash test.

Two companies I want to tell you about today are Sleepy Pod and Gunner Kennels. Between the two of them, I can show you carriers and travel harnesses for small to large dogs carrying a crash test seal.

Personally, I have experience with the Sleepy Pod products but not the Gunner Kennels. The case being my dogs aren’t that big. However all the products I’m about to show you are crash test approved and this will give you confidence when travelling with your pets and make travel so much easier. 


Pet Travel Harness

The first product I want to show you is the Clickit Sport Utility Safety Harness by Sleepy Pod.

In my experience, there is a world of difference between harnesses and clips compared to this particular product. In this harness, my dogs are secure in my vehicle they can sit and lay down without getting tangled up or moving around the vehicle.

When I’ve had to make a sudden break the harness prevents them from being thrown around. The harness is made of energy absorbing materials. Securing my dogs in the vehicle is simple and requires very little effort to connect.

There are some bonuses with this harness and one of them is that it has a three-point contact design and it doubles as a walking harness. This harness is functional, safe and beautifully made.

As with anything new, take the time to place the harness on your dog at home and go for a few walks. Practice getting your dog secured in your vehicle. The more you practice prior to travelling the better it will be for you and your pet.


  • 3 point contact design. Doubles as a walking harness
  • Does not require baby seat LATCH anchors
  • Exceptional head excursion and lateral movement control
  • Night reflectors for enhanced visibility. Energy absorbing materials.
  • Requires minimal dexterity to connect to car

Click here to watch the Clickit Sport crash test video.


Pet Carriers

Let’s move on to crates and carriers. Again I have personal experience with the Sleepy Pod Mobile Pet Bed. As you can see it’s a beautiful design and you’re going to love all the elements of this all in one pet bed, carrier, and car seat.

The mobile pet bed comes in two sizes, mini for pets up to 7 lbs and medium for pets up to lbs. It’s a bed you can use at home by zipping the dome off the top. It has a plush interior, 15 water-resistant foam liner, and the bedding is washable. The beauty of this product is, if you do not use it at home as a pet bed you can use it a week prior to travelling. Your pet will be used to this bed by the time you travel, making travel less stressful.

To convert the bed to a carrier clip on the padded shoulder strap and a carry handle on the top. This is especially helpful when taking trips to the vet. There is no assembly required with this pet bed and securing it into your vehicle is easy.

Your pet will be able to see out of the mesh dome quite easily. When you get to your destination and all you have to do is take the dome off the top and your pet bed is ready.

It’s easy to see why this product is so popular. It’s a perfect Three-In-One solution for home, vet visits, and car trips. There’s no need to buy multiple items with you when travelling.

Just like other products by Sleepy Pod, it comes in a variety of delicious colours.


  • Mobile pet bed, carrier, and car seat lets you travel anywhere with your pet
  • Made from luggage-grade nylon outside and ultra plush polyester inside
  • Contoured to fit pets up to 15 pounds
  • No assembly required
  • Includes padded shoulder strap, mesh dome top with carrying handle, washable bedding, water-resistant foam liner, and instruction card

Click here to watch the Clickit Sport crash test video.



Let’s talk about air travel. Airlines require pet carriers meet special requirements and that is the size of the carrier. The Sleepy Pod Air Dog Carrier boasts the same all in one solution as the Sleepy Pod Mobile Pet Bed. It’s a mobile pet bed, in-cabin aeroplane carrier, and a car seat. It fits pets up to 17 1/2 lbs and opens from the top and from the ends for easy access. When not in use it compresses down.

Once again it comes in the same Sleepy Pod signature colours and is made of luggage grade nylon outside and ultra plush polyester inside.


  • Mobile pet bed, in-cabin airplane carrier and car seat, fits pets up to 17-1/2-pound
  • Includes padded shoulder strap, machine washable Ultra Plush bedding and an instruction card
  • Top and ends open for easy access to the pet, large zipper pockets on both sides
  • Luggage grade nylon outside and Ultra Plush polyester inside
  • Compresses from 22-inch long, 10-1/2-inch wide, 10-1/2-inch high down to 16-inch long, 10-1/2-inch wide, 8-inch high
  • Mobile pet bed, in-cabin airplane carrier, and car seat, fits pets up to 17-1/2-pound
  • Includes padded shoulder strap, machine washable Ultra Plush bedding, and an instruction card
  • Top and ends open for easy access to the pet, large zipper pockets on both sides
  • Luggage grade nylon outside and Ultra Plush polyester inside
  • Compresses from 22-inch long, 10-1/2-inch wide, 10-1/2-inch high down to 16-inch long, 10-1/2-inch wide, 8-inch high

Click here to watch the crash test.

Another product in the Sleepy Pod line is the Sleepy Pod Atom In-Cabin Pet Carrier. The Atom is airline approved and crashed test approved. It can also be used as a car seat. There’s a large mesh panel for better ventilation and it’s made of luggage grade nylon.

This carrier is recommended for pets 12 lbs or less. It fits beneath a range of airline seats. There’s a safety tether inside the carrier to prevents your pet from making a quick escape when opening the carrier.


  • Made for dogs up to 8 lbs. and cats up to 12 lbs
  • Airline approved
  • Crash-tested for Safety
  • Large mesh panel for better ventilation

Click here to watch the crash test.


Pet Crate


What about big dogs!

Gunner Kennels cater to dogs up to 110 lbs

The GI™ Intermediate fits most dogs up to 75 lbs. It’s made in America and has a five-star crash test rating. It’s secured in your vehicle with tie-down crash test approved straps. You would buy these separately. Details

  • Fits Most Dogs Up To 75 lbs
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • American Made
  • Patented design
  • 5 Star Crash Test Rating (Center For Pet Safety – Certified 75 lbs)

Click here to watch the crash test.

You cannot put a price on your pet’s safety. It’s worth investing in products that are crash test approved and keep your pets safe and secure. Carriers and harnesses make travelling easier and safer.

Want to learn more about crash testing?

If you’d like to learn more about the Center For Pet Safety listen to my interview with the organisation’s founder Lindsey Wolko. In this interview, we talk about the inspiration behind her organisation.

Listen to “Appalling Crash Test Results Shocks Pet Parents” on Spreaker.


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