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Plan Ahead for First Tripawd Fitness Course!

March 12th, 2015 by admin in Exercise · 1 Comment

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Mark Your Calendars!

The first ever canine conditioning and fitness course designed specifically for three legged dogs starts soon!

This online course is presented by renowned canine rehab practitioner Debbie Gross, CCRP. A minimum of six students must register for the course for classes to proceed!


Participants will learn and understand special considerations for exercise with three legged dogs.  Gold Level Students will have the opportunity to share updates about their dogs, follow a comprehensive strengthening program, receive personal feedback from the instructor, and design their own program.

This class is not only applicable to those with a beloved Tripod, but also for those practitioners that work with Tripods. Read the full Tripod Dog Conditioning Course Syllabus for more information, and register as soon as possible to ensure participation in the class.

fitpaws canine conditioning gear FitPAWS Balance Disc and FitBONE

Be Prepared!

While no specific equipment is required for the course, to make the most of exercises and conditioning tips provided, students should consider having certain items on hand before classes begin.

fitpaws canine conditioning gearFitPAWS Peanut and Balance Disc

So what should you get to be prepared? Debbie says…

“I usually recommend the Disc, a Peanut of appropriate size, maybe a FitBone, and a few other small discs.”

By all means, you do not need all of this fitness gear to benefit from the course! But having some basic tools, and adapting exercises, will make the most of your time. Couch cushions or a homemade wobble board may come in handy for exercises that use multiple discs.

Compare these recommended canine conditioning products or check out all our FitPAWS product reviews and demonstration videos. Select the item(s) you think will be best for your dog, or leave a comment below with any questions. Then get your gear in time to review the included DVD with introductory videos before the course begins.

Recommended Reading

First Online Tripawd Fitness Course Starts Soon!

Conditioning and Concerns for the Tripod Dog

The Tripawd Conditioning School Supply List

FitPAWS Balance Discs

FitPaws Peanut

FitPAWS K9FitBone

Canine Conditioning and Concerns for Tripod Dogs
Course Details and Registration


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Play, Treat, Walk, Repeat. Save on EzyDog Tripawd Training Gear.

February 26th, 2015 by jerry in Exercise · No Comments

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Listen up pawrents, Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray has a treat for you! From now on, you can save $5 bucks on the all new EzyDog SnakPak dog treat bag and Tripawd Convert Harness when you purchase both at the same time!

Tripawd Convert Harness and SnakPak

Whether you’re keeping treats handy for all of those FitPAWS core muscle workouts or just headed out on a walk to practice obedience lessons, these two essential pieces of Tripawd-approved training gear are useful and stylish!

Tripawd Convert Harness and SnakPak

EzyDog SnakPak Treat Bag Features:

  • Convenient one-hand twin magnetic closures
  • Innovative pull-up liner that can be wiped clean
  • Easy to access accessory pocket with waterproof zipper
  • Secure removable adjustable waist strap & twin belt hooks
  • Reflective piping around closer
  • Color Options: Black, Blue, Orange, Red
  • Size: 4.33in. x 4.72in.

ezydog snakpak dog treat bag features

Why We Love the Tripawd Convert Harness

Tripawd Convert Harness and SnakPak

  • A one-buckle system for easy and fast on and off use
  • No stepping into or out of it; just place it over your dog’s head, buckle and go
  • The front chest strap sits across your dog’s chest instead of behind the front legs, which prevents chafing and irritation
  • A lightweight but rugged, durable and breathable body piece makes it warm-weather friendly
  • The handle is comfortable and large enough for any size hand
Shop HERE to save $5 when you buy
both the EzyDog SnakPak and Tripawd Convert Harness together!

Note: Both items must be purchased simultaneously in the same order to enjoy this deal. The $5 will be refunded after your order is received by Tripawds. Any questions? Contact us.

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Tripawd Charley Reviews the Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness

February 12th, 2015 by jerry in Mobility · 1 Comment

Ruffwear has another pawesome harness available, the Front Range.


Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness

NOTE: The Front Range is not an assistive or mobility
dog harness like those in the Tripawds Gear Shop.

This harness doesn’t have a handle to help you lift or assist your dog. But what makes it cool is it’s a great walking harness with an easy-on/easy-off design. Perfect for around-the-block walks!

The Front Range: Key Features

  • Comfortable, everyday harness that is easy to fit and put on
  • Customizable fit with four points of adjustment allow for full range of motion
  • Padded chest and belly panel for good load dispersion and comfortable, extended wear
  • Two-leash attachment points: aluminum V-ring on the dog’s back, and reinforced webbing on the dog’s chest
  • ID pocket stores dog tags
  • Low-light visibility with reflective trim
Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Front Range has two leash attachment points.

We tested it on Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray. It looks and fits great on him, but Wyatt’s a rear leg Tripawd and most harnesses will work on rear leg amputees.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Front Range fits rear leg Tripawd dogs.

Front leg Tripawd dogs usually have more challenges wearing harnesses. To make sure it works on these canine amputees, we asked Ellen and her Tripawd Extraordinaire Charley to give it a go. Here’s their complete Front Range review:

Tripawd Charley Ruffwear Front Rage Harness

The Tripawd Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness Test.

Walking Charley with the Front Range

Charley has been a front amp for four years and he is used to walking with a leash attached to his collar since it helps him keep his head up which makes it easier for him to hop/walk without using such a prominent head bob.  When I tried using the harness with the leash attached to the top or the bottom of the harness, it changed his gait pattern and it seemed to make walking a bit harder for him.

I’m not sure that this would be an issue with a new amp that doesn’t have an established gait pattern.  Charley has never really walked with a harness on even before his amp, so that could be a reason why he did not appear comfortable walking in it.

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It appeared that the design of the harness did impede the motion of his right scapula a bit when walking or at least it looked like it did.  Charley is lean without a lot of fat or thick/long hair, so it could be that his right scapula appeared more noticeable to me with the harness on, but it could be that the harness just isolated his right scapula because of the fit of the harness.

The harness may be helpful with the leash attached on top for a smaller/shorter dog with a front amp that needs a little support at the front end to walk since pulling the leash up may decrease the weight on the only front leg.  Charley is about 70 pounds, so I was not able to decrease the weight on his remaining front leg when pulling up on the leash.

Front Range harness available in cute colors!

How It Fits a Front Leg Tripawd

The design on the harness was very easy to put on a front leg amputee.  I would unbuckle the left side (same side as his amp) and it would easily slide over his head.  This was a huge bonus since lifting up a front tripawd’s only leg requires two people to prevent them falling.

The harness did slide towards his left side a bit because he’s a left front amp, but it did stay in place for the most part.  Charley is lean and narrow around his chest, he does not have a lot of fat reserves and he does not have thick/long hair, so the harness may not slide as much on a dog with a different body type, build and/or fur.

Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness

Front Range leash attachment point.

All-Weather Design

The harness is very lightweight and would not make a dog hot during the summer months.  I also think it would easily fit over a coat or sweater for dogs that need clothing to maintain their body temps in the winter.

I plan try this harness again in the winter with the ice and snow.  Charley had a hard time last year walking on the slick surfaces, so the harness may give him more confidence.  If it doesn’t work with the leash attached to the top of the harness, I could attach his leash to his collar and use the leash look on the harness to hold onto to give him more security.

The Front Range is Now Available here on Amazon


Front Range dog harness available on Amazon

Recommended Reading

Best Harnesses for Three-Legged Dogs
Which harness is right for my dog?

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Tasty Training with EzyDog SnakPak Treat Bag

January 22nd, 2015 by admin in Exercise · No Comments

Looking for an easy way to train your Tripawd?

The EzyDog SnakPak Dog Treat Bag is our favorite treat pouch for daily walks, training, and conditioning exercises or just having fun!

ezydog snakpak dog treat bag with beltKeep it handy for all of those FitPAWS workouts. With the Tripawd Convert Harness by EzyDog, it’s a winning combination to help strengthen your dog’s core muscles and develop better balance on the FitPAWS Balance Disc, K9 FitBonePeanut, and other fun conditioning gear!

ezydog snakpak dog treat bag features

SnakPak Treat Bag Features:

  • Convenient one-hand twin magnetic closures
  • Innovative pull-up liner that can be wiped clean
  • Easy to access accessory pocket with waterproof zipper
  • Secure removable adjustable waist strap & twin belt hooks
  • Reflective piping around closer
  • Color Options: Black, Blue, Orange, Red
  • Size: 4.33in. x 4.72in.

The quick twin magnetic closures provide fast and simple access to rewards. EzyDog’s treat bags offer 2 systems of attachment. Slip the bag on with its twin hooks to stabilize the bag on your belt, or use the adjustable webbing waist strap to secure it around your waist.

ezydog snakpak dog treat bag features

The front waterproof zip closure is perfect for storing keys, your smart phone, cash or a few potty bags. And cleaning the bag is a breeze with the innovative pull-up liner that can be wiped clean after use.

Save $5.00 off the SnakPak Treat Bag when purchased together with a Tripawd Convert Harness by EzyDog!

See the Tripawds Gear shop for SnakPak pricing and shipping options.

ezydog snakpak dog treat bag colors

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Custom Harness Gets Tripawd Scarlet Into the World Again

January 8th, 2015 by jerry in Mobility · 2 Comments

Pawrents often ask us, “What’s the difference between the Get-a-Grip harness and the Custom Pet Support Suit?


They’re both made by the same company, and they both look similar. Handmade in America with superior materials, these harnesses are fantastic when your dog needs help getting around after amputation surgery, or for general mobility assistance during the senior years. But that’s where the similarities end; the two harnesses are as different as buying a department store suit or having one tailored to your measurements. They  look alike but feel and fit dramatically different.


Scarlet, Senior Tripawd Dog

Recently a customer named Paul wrestled with which harness to buy. His senior German Shepherd, Scarlet, is having mobility challenges and needs a lot of support right now until her strength returns. Because Paul wanted to leave the harness on her all day long, he went with a Custom Pet Support Suit.


Here’s what Paul said about the Custom Suit via text messages to us:

Scarlet was out for a walk with me yesterday.

I was using the harness w her for abt 45min!
It was SO FANTASTIC… to see her getting around again. Seeing people, smelling everywhere she went, and barking at peeps etc…


I am So Happy that this is WORKING SO WELL Renee…
It is a GODSEND….

This harness HAS been Great for Scarlet and just as GREAT for her owner!

She was wagging her tail at times while we were out on the walk…which was real cool to see.


I took a few minutes for her to want to take any steps forward w it on…
But what helped ALOT I found out was to loosen any tension from Ur hands at the handles when she was reluctant to move forward..

That way see didn’t feel much upward pull…
and after she took a step(s)
Go ahead and pull up to a normal support up ward grip w handles.

And to just repeat this sequence again…every time she was hesitant to go forward.

We are so hoppy that Scarlet and Paul are out lovin’ life again! To learn more about the Custom Pet Support Suit, see:

How to Measure Your Dog for the Custom Pet Support Suit Harness
Tripawds Custom Pet Support Suit Harness Review

Spirit Tasha models the Pet Support Suit






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Why Pet Gates Help Amputation Recovery

December 18th, 2014 by jerry in Safety · No Comments

For most of us our dogs and cats rule our homes, which means they can roam wherever they like. Unfortunately when we are faced with a tough recovery like amputation surgery, we must place limits on their movement to avoid complications like broken stitches, popped staples and fluid buildup at the incision (a “seroma“).

One of the best ways to limit a new dog or cat amputee’s activity inside the home is with a pet gate. Gating off an area of your home ensures your patient can’t get into trouble by being over-active or attempting to tackle stairs before they’re ready.

Here are a variety of pet gates that any new Tripawd pawrent would find handy:

Cardinal Gates Wood VersaGate Pet Gate

Cardinal Gates Wood VersaGate Pet Gate (65

Carlson Pet Products Design Studio Home Decor
Walk Through Pet Gate

Supergate Deluxe Décor Metal Gate

Primetime Petz 360 Degree Z, Fold Configurable Gate

Cardinal Gates Black Outdoor Safety Netting

Cardinal Gates Black Outdoor Safety Netting (15' L X 36

Paw Print Wood Pet Gate

Richell Convertible Elite Six Panel Pet Gate

Richell Convertible Elite Six Panel Pet Gate ()Got ideas for other ways to confine your pet in a small area of your home? Share your suggestions below, we’d love to hear them!

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Elevated Feeding Bowls Help Tripawd Posture

December 11th, 2014 by jerry in Comfort · No Comments

Three-legged dogs and cats benefit greatly from raised food and water serving bowls. Losing that spare leg means their normal posture is thrown off balance even when standing still. Any opportunity we can provide to assist our Tripawd pets with better balance means they’ll feel more confident and assured when eating food and drinking water.

Although there has been some debate about raised feeders and whether or not they can cause bloat in dogs, one of our favorite celebrity vets, Dr. Patty Khuly gave us her perspective about raised feeders for Tripawds:

For feeding dogs working hard to battle another condition, I would not alter my stance one bit. Feed from a raised bowl. This goes for dogs who have neck pain, orthopedic creakiness, megaesophagus, etc.

To raise your pet’s bowls, you can use something as simple as a step stool, but why not opt for stylish with some of these pawesome and original elevated feeders?

OurPets Right Height Cafe Feeder, 4-Inches

Raised Wooden Pet Feeder with Storage Drawer in Honey Pine

OurPets Signature Series Elevated Dog Feeder 4″

Raised Cat Feeder 4 Inch Bistro Bowl

QT Dog 3-Quart Double Adjustable Barstool Diner, Black

Large Neo Bowl Elevated Raised Dog Feeder Stainless Steel Cat Lab Dish Bowls

Hagen Dogit Design Faux Wood Elevated Diner Bowl for Dogs

Pink cat feeder

Classy Cat and Dog Raised Stoneware Dry Food or Water Bowl – Eggshell White

Choco & Cherry Raised Pet Feeder Hand Painted Ceramic Bowl and Polished Acrylic Stand Small (Chocolate)

Fore more stylish and healthy elevated pet feeder bowls, visit Amazon today!

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How to Dress Your Tripawd Dog with the Webmaster Harness

November 13th, 2014 by jerry in Comfort · No Comments

The Webmaster harness by Ruffwear is our all-time favorite all-purpose harness for front and rear legged amputee dogs, but many new Tripawd pawrents aren’t sure how to put the harness on and take it off their new three-legged hero.

In this community’s helpful spirit of sharing tips and information, here are two great videos of Murphy showing us how he gets dressed with his Webmaster:

This is Murphy showing us how easy it is to put the Webmaster on. His Mom Kathi says:

Here is the video of Murphy putting on his Ruffwear harness.  We probably shouldn’t have waited until after his walk to do it.  He is much calmer than he normally is when the harness comes out.  Still, you can see how he lifts his leg up to put it through the strap.

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Later that day, Murphy demonstrates how to take the Webmaster off a three-legged dog, with a disclaimer by Kathi who says:

He has had close to two years of practice on this.  It just seems to get easier over time.

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Learn more about why the Ruffwear Webmaster is
a great harness for Tripawd Dogs

Redesigned Ruff Wear Webmaster Harness

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Ruffwear Urban Sprawl Dog Bed Best for Tripawds

October 30th, 2014 by jerry in Comfort · No Comments

The best bed for a Tripawd dog is one that provides firm support in a comfortable, washable bed that’s suitable for all types of weather. We’ve looked everywhere for a mattress that fits this criteria and now we’re hoppy to say it’s here!

Ruffwear Urban Sprawl Dog Bed

Ruffwear’s new Urban Sprawl™ bed is the best bed for our three-legged family members. This plush 6″ thick two-sided mattress gives dogs the option of a soft or firm sleeping surface. With an easy to clean microsuede cover, it’s by far the best sleeping surface for your Tripawd dog during amputation recovery and beyond.

ruffwear urban sprawl dog bed

Here’s why we love it, and Wyatt does too!

Why the Urban Sprawl is the Best Bed for Tripawds

  • Durable microsuede fabric cover in gorgeous colors; soft, yet tough enough for dogs of any size
  • The 6″ thick two-sided mattress provides the option of a soft or firm sleeping surface
  • Mattress is made with plush, memory foam-like recycled polyester
  • Removable cover is easy to clean, allowing the cover and mattress to be washed separately.
  • Waterproof, non-skid bottom creates a moisture barrier and keeps the bed stable on slick surfaces.
  • Integrated handle allows you to move the bed from room to room or across borders
  • Machine washable mattress and cover

One of the best features is the 6″ thick two-sided mattress. Use the soft side for cold weather, or the firm side during hot days.

UrbanSprawlThe Urban Sprawl also has an integrated handle for dogs on the go:

Ruffwear Urban Sprawl Dog Bed Handle

Order Ruffwear Dog Bed Here!

Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt tried the bed and gave it three paws up! It fit his 80 pound body just right and gives all the support he needs for power naps.

Three Legged German Shepherd Wyatt on Ruffwear Dog Bed


  • Medium: 28 x 35” x 6” loft (70 x 90 cm x 15 cm loft)
  • Large : 36 x 48” x 6” loft (92 x 122 cm x 15 cm loft)


  • Trailhead Brown
  • Overcast Blue


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Ruffwear’s dog beds have come a long way since we first tried one of their early beds, the now discontinued Flophouse bed. Today’s Urban Sprawl offers far more comfort and better sizing for large dogs, yet remains just as portable and easy to clean. Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt loves this bed and we know you will be too.

Ruffwear Urban Sprawl:
Ruffwear Swamp CoolerThis large plush dog bed is ideal for dogs recovering from amputation surgery. With an easy to clean cover, the two-sided waterproof, memory foam mattress gives your dog the option of a firm or soft surface and also features a non-skid bottom.

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Order Ruffwear Dog Bed Here!

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Winter Dog Boots Weather Is Here!

October 13th, 2014 by jerry in Safety · No Comments

Snow will be here before any of us would like it, so if you live in a snowy climate, now’s the time to prepare your #Tripawd for wearing boots and safely living with the white stuff.


This is how Mulligan and his Momma Cheryl  started dog boots training, with Izzy and Angel Ted getting a good chuckle!

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 Izzy writes:

Mom took Mulligan for a run in the snow without me. I knew they would be back, Mom wanted to take a video or 2 of Mulligan in his new boots.

He is such a smarty pants. She put one on him as soon as she got the boots in the mail, he did great. Then while out in the snow she put another one on. Well that one didn’t stay on very well. I think it was because she was in the snow and it the wind was blowing up a gale.

After a bit we went inside to warm up. The she put all four boots on him, as usual he did just what she wanted him to do. He kept the boots on the whole time and the two of them played ball while I wandered around in the backyard happy as can be.


Cheryl says that  “Now every time he sees I have them in my hand, he knows what is going to happen and he patiently waits for me to put them on him.”

As you can see, Mulligan is a four-legged dog but the principles for getting a dog used to boots are the same. To learn more about dog boots, hop on over to these Tripawds Gear Blog posts. and follow these tips from Ruffwear and you can’t go wrong:

How to Introduce Your Dog to Boots

Here are a few tips to keep your dog from doing the moonwalk in their Ruffwear boots (or at least keep the moonwalking to a minimum!).

Work them. When you first get the boots, work them in your hands so the sole becomes more pliable.  Because of their weight, small dogs have a particularly hard time softening the outsole, so breaking them in with your hands can really help them become more comfortable, quickly.

Don’t laugh. This may be difficult, but laughing is likely to cause your dog further anxiety.

Engage your dog. Immediately engage your dog in their favorite activity to distract them from the boots. For example, a walk, a trick, or fetch with their favorite toy. Eventually, if you are consistent, they will associate the boots with this activity and will have a positive reaction when the boots come out.

Break in the boots. Dogs will need to build up a tolerance to the boots just like human shoes. Take your dog for short walks prior to your first long adventure with the boots.

Make sure the boots fit. Measure your dog’s paw width (front and back) carefully prior to purchasing the boots. A good fit maximizes comfort and will ensure the boots stay on the paws through rigorous exercise. Many of our customers are surprised to find out that a 100 pound dog can actually fit any size from X-Small to Large, so don’t assume you know your dogs foot size. Overall dog size doesn’t translate to paw and boot size. Click here for more sizing instruction.

Use boot liners. Boot liners will not only enhance the fit of the boots, they will help keep your dog comfortable by softening any potential abrasion spots, insulating the boot, and wicking moisture away from the paw.

Take it slow. Start by putting the boots on in the house for a couple minutes, then try short adventures outside; gradually increasing the time spent in the boots.

Stop and check. Each time you use the boots during the break-in period, stop and check for rubbing and hot spots.  This is also a great time to check the strap tension and fit, so the boots stay secure.

Learn More About Boots for Tripawd Dogs

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