Subaru by Sleepypod – Pet Carrier, Car Restraint, Everyday Bed

Accessory Installation Guide


Subaru by SleepypodPet Carrier, Car Restraint, Everyday Bed SOA854S100


Sleepy Pod
Sleepy Pod



Pet Carrier, Car Restraint, Everyday Bed

Watch the instructional video at


Put Together

Insert zipper pin on the carrier lid into the zipper box on the base. Make sure pin is fully inserted.

While holding the top handle with one hand, use your other hand to zip closed.

Attach shoulder strap to D-rings located on carrier lid for easier carrying.


Removing the Lid

While holding the top handle with one hand, use your other hand to unzip.

Unzip entirely, making sure the pin is removed from the zipper box.

Never dangle the dome lid while still partially zipped onto the base as this will shorten the life of the zipper.


Maximum recommended weight 15 lbs. For best fit, make sure pet can lie down and turn around comfortably while the carrier is fully zipped closed.


S-Clip (optional accessory)

When buckling up your pet in the car, Sleepypod’s S-Clip accessory allows you to pre-set your pet’s ideal seat belt length. Frequent pet travelers will benefit from this accessory.

1. Pull out the entire length of the seat belt.

2. Slide the S-Clip onto the upper part of the shoulder strap. Remove any extra slack.

3. Buckle in as usual.


Warmer Kit (optional accessory)

1. The Warmer Kit warms to 102°F. For added comfort in cool environments, insert Warmer Pad under the Ultra Plush liner. Align cord with the zipper start.

2. For home use: Connect cord to the power supply adapter to plug into a wall outlet.

3. For car use: Use the included car adapter to connect to a car lighter plug.


Air Mesh Bedding (optional accessory)

1. To increase air flow within the carrier in hot environments, unzip the Ultra Plush liner from the base.

2. Insert Air Mesh zipper pin into the zipper on the base.

3. Zip closed.

Air Mesh bedding can be used with or without foam insert.



The Sleepypod Safety Test Program requires each Sleepypod pet passenger restraint system meet the highest standards for safety in order to reduce pet exposure to possible hazards. To protect the joy of driving with pets, Sleepypod car harnesses and pet carriers were put through stringent safety tests to include static material tensile testing and dynamic crash testing at U.S., Canadian, and E.U. child safety restraint standards. View footage of Sleepypod testing at



1. Encourage your pet to explore the carrier and use it as a napping spot or everyday pet bed. Leave the carrier open (with lid off) near pet’s everyday bed or regular napping spot.

2. Place treats or familiar objects in the bed like an object with your scent on it (e.g. a t-shirt or a familiar toy). Offer plenty of praise as positive reinforcement. Allow your pet to use it as an everyday bed or napping spot so that it becomes a familiar space.

3. When your pet is comfortable using the bed, zip the lid on and turn the Sleepypod into a den. Keep the middle zipper open by pressing down and out on the zipper portions so your pet can roam in and out as desired.

4. Once your pet becomes accustomed to using the Sleepypod with the lid on, zip the carrier closed leaving your pet inside the carrier for very brief periods at a time. Gradually increase length of time of containment.

5. Begin car rides by buckling your pet in its carrier in the back seat for brief periods of time going nowhere. Gradually increase the length of time before taking your pet to happy destinations like the park or to visit a familiar friend or family member.

NOTE: Pets should be supervised at all times. Some pets acclimate to being contained inside a carrier faster than others, so acclimate at the pet’s pace. Remove your pet from the carrier if your pet exhibits signs of anxiety or fear when inside the carrier and go back a step until your pet is more comfortable.

REMEMBER: The carrier should always be a happy place. It should never be used as punishment.


Buckle In (Zippers fully closed.)

1. Place the Sleepypod in the rear seat of the vehicle with the logo facing the seat cushion.

Unfasten the PPRS base strap.

2. Extend seat belt all the way out and wrap the lap portion of the 3-point seat belt around the base of the Sleepypod.

3. Buckle seat belt.

4. Fasten the PPRS base strap to secure lap belt.

5. Secure the shoulder portion of the seat belt under the Sleepypod handles.

6. Tightly squeeze the handles together.

7. Slide PPRS Handilock over the handles to secure the Sleepypod.

8. Pull the seat belt tight to activate the auto-ratcheting lock.

9. Wiggle the seat belt while pulling the seat belt to remove any seat belt slack.



The PPRS Handilock helps keep your pet secure when using the Sleepypod as a car seat.


PPRS Handilock

1. Secure the shoulder portion of the seat belt under the Sleepypod handles.

2. Tightly squeeze the handles together.

3. Slide PPRS Handilock over the handles to secure the Sleepypod.

4. Pull the seat belt tight to activate the auto-ratcheting lock

5. Wiggle the seat belt while pulling the strap to remove any slack.


Safety Tether Usage

The safety tether is designed to prevent quick getaways when the carrier is opened (like at airport TSA or at the veterinary office).
It should not be used during car travel or as a restraint device long term.

1. Connect the safety tether to the D-ring at the base of the bedding.

2. Connect the other end to your pet’s harness.

Never leave your pet unattended when using the safety tether.



1. For light soiling, a lint roller, vacuum, or even tape
can collect pet hair from the bedding if needed.

2. For heavy soiling, the Ultra Plush bedding is machine washable in cold water on the gentle cycle with like colors. Hang or lie flat to dry. No bleach or iron.

3. The foam insert can be hand washed. Mild detergent. Hang or lie flat to dry.

4. Clean the outer surface with a damp cloth.







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