ruffwear harness

Earlier this month mum decided I needed a more secure harness so she can grab me easily and to use on our group walks that involve lots of stiles to lift me over. We had a look at a few and after chatting to people we decided to try out the ruffwear webmaster harness

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We got our harness from our friends at http://www.barksandbunnies.co.uk as they had a sale on but they are available from most big online stores or direct from http://www.ruffwear.co.uk. The rrp is £59.99

After measuring we decided to get their medium size. We were a bit confused with sizing as had looked at the wrong size guide but the people at ruffwear were helpful and made sure we choose a correct size. We could have fit in the small but medium gives extra room for a coat or if I get fat!!

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We choose the color red currant but it is also available in twilight grey.

 

Features

Ruffwear describes this harness as

supportive multi use harness ideal for hiking scrambling rehabilitation and mobility assistance

– features efficient easy clip buckles to keep straps in place

-anatomical design for controlled and comfortable lifting and load dispersion

– 5 points of adjustment for customised fit

– 3M scotchlite reflective trim

– secure design for Houdini dogs

– foam padded chest and straps for comfort

– 2 attachment points

 

Review

Fit- it went on well although fiddly to do all the initial adjustments. We viewed the sizing video on YouTube – search ruffwear webmaster fitting. We were initially concerned the harness was loose before we were advised there was a bit of elastic near the back to allow comfort when laying down. We got it to quite tight but not too tight and I could still walk and lay down.

It fully adjusts to accept both Stella and daisy as well. Daisy has a skinny body but deep chest and is a houdini dog as well as a puller but after an initial struggle managed to go for a walk in it without any hassle. Stella has a chunky body so needs a tighter front strap but looser round back end. She is at the largest end of medium so would require large size.

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Comfort

Think was quite comfy. We went for many walks and didn’t rub or make me move funny at all. I went to sleep in it even whern it was wet.we did climbing, running, swimming and rolling in it without any fuss

Walking

Easy to walk in. The lead clips to a sturdy ring on back that is out their way so won’t trip up. Handle can be held for when walking past items mum not want me to eat 😦 or if people come past on a small track.

Lifting

One of the main reasons we choose the webmaster is due to abuse as a puppy I have a bad back which means I can’t jump and climb very well. Many of our walks involve stiles where I get distressed seeing the other dogs jump over leaving me but I’m quite heavy to pick up by collar and bottom so we use the handle to lift me over easily.

So far we haven’t done any hard stiles that require heavy or difficult handling

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The harness dries quite quickly. We tested during a 4hr walk just after a thunderstorm so got very wet. Underneath of harness was fairly dry and dried quick once took off. The only thing mum doesn’t like is it attracts hair easily. The photo below was after the trials fitting and it wouldn’t come off

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Overall we would reccomend to friends and family as is a good quality harness however it is quite expensive if you just want to use it for a normal harness. But if you go hiking or need a harness because of mobility issues or injury then it is ideal.

 

We will be trying out the new ruffwear basic harness whern it comes out. This is netter suited if you want a good quality walking harness without the huge price so keep watch!!

 

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Harnesslead review

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We recently won a harnesslead in a giveaway and have decided to review it after testing it as it is a new product for us. Mum thinks it’s great

What is the harnesslead and where can I get it.
The harnesslead is a clever idea that gives you a harness,slip lead and fixed lead all in 1lead.
Currently only sold in the USA but they do ship to the UK. Available from their website harnesslead.com

How much is it?
We won ours in a free giveaway so didnot cost us anything except import vat. The harness lead is currently $27 and around $6-10 for us postage and $25 for UK postage not including any import tax.we paid around £3 tax plus royal mail handling fee of £8

What is it made from?
The harnesslead is made from soft polypropylene rope in 5different colours. This rope is soft and doesn’t rub or tangle and can stand being dragged on ground.

How does it work?
To use as a slip lead the collar section goes over head and has 2 coloured knots that slide to enable it to open or close the amount you want.
To make the fixed collar you just slide the knots so the rope cannot loosen or tighten and stays in place.
For the harness the collar section goes over head loosely to shoulders and the lead passed under the tummy and round back the the special hole near the neck and a rubber stopper moved to tighten.this allows the lead to tighten if dog pulls and loosen again.
Videos are available on the website and on youtube for proper instructions on fitting

Will I fit my dog?
The harnesslead is designed to fit all size dogs.there is a smaller version available for the smaller breeds to prevent a long lead but the main one can fit from the smallest to the biggest.has been tested by us on a 15kg lurcher,25kg lab and 38kg mastiff mix without any problems and no choking or escaping although the lead is quite long but can be shortened using a carabiner clip to aattach handle to ring near neck

Good points
-Fits all sizes 
-prevents pulling
-Slip lead doesn’t choke
-Hard to escape harness as tightens
-Easy to fit on dog
-Easy to carry when off dog
-Good value if multiple dog house
-squeezes out when wet and doesn’t get all crusty or tangle
-soft on dog and on human hands

Bad points
-Lead has to trail on floor if dog has free run but needs harness kept on causing it to get muddy and wet
– bit awkward if dog moving about while fitting
-Lead is a bit long on our smallest dog when not clipped to neck ring
-Knots are bit stiff to move to aadjust sizing
– ermm, can’t find any others just yet

More information can be found on their website, youtube and facebook by typing in harnesslead