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How to Put the Webmaster Harness on Front Leg Tripawds

October 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Mobility

Getting a Ruffwear Webmaster harness on front-leg Tripawds is a little more tricky than dressing a rear-leg Tripawd. The dog must step through one front leg loop in order to put the harness on. But how do you do it without tipping over your three-legged dog?

How to Get a Webmaster Harness on Front Leg Tripawds

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Ziggy models the Webmaster harness.

Basically you have three choices:

  1. Put the harness on your front-leg Tripawd while he’s laying down. Slide the front right leg loop through one leg, slip the harness over the head and then have your dog stand up so you buckle him up.
  2. Have your dog step into the loop. Lay the harness flat on the floor, inside facing up. Direct your dog to walk forward and into the front right leg loop (bribing with a treat helps!) then pull the harness up and slip it over the head.
  3. Or, do it while your Tripawd is standing. Stand on the amputated side of your dog. Hold the harness in one hand. Place your other arm underneath his chest. Gently lift his torso and that front power paw, slip the harness up and over and it’s done!

Spirit Jerry taught us that method number three is the fastest, most gentle way to put a Webmaster harness on a front-leg Tripawd. Check it out:

Why Use a Harness on a Tripawd?

We learned right away that keeping a Webmaster on Spirit Jerry and Wyatt Ray is so important. You’ll always be prepared to help your dog in an instant, should assistance be needed. Soon, your Tripawd will feel naked without a harness!

Plus, as your dog ages and needs more help getting around, wearing a harness will be second nature. You’ll eliminate the stress of introducing a harness to an older dog with mobility challenges.

All of our Tripawd harness selections in our Gear Shop are Tripawd-tested and approved. The harnesses we carry are all there because they’ve been more proven to assist a three-legged animal than other brands available. Each harness has different benefits and some are easier to put on a dog, some a little more challenging. None are made specifically for Tripawds but they are the best we’ve found. And every harness is super helpful to your three-legged hero and you.

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Drug-Free Pet Pain Relief with the Assisi Loop

October 6th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Mobility

When your Tripawd is hurting, it’s critical to act fast. Work with your vet to pinpoint the cause and create action steps for immediate relief. Many times, Tripawds need a combination of western and eastern pet pain relief modalities. For many pet parents, the Assisi Loop is also part of the plan.

The Assisi Loop Works for Pet Pain Relief

Assisi Loop Pet Pain Relief

Smokey B tries the Assisi Loop for arthritis.

The Assisi Loop is a clinically-proven device that uses targeted pulsed electromagnetic fields to help speed healing and give pain relief to animals and humans alike. For more than a year we’ve been hearing lots of great things about it from pet parents and veterinarians alike. Even the renowned veterinary pain management expert Dr. Mike Petty uses the Assisi Loop in his practice and recommends it to rehab therapists everywhere.

The Assisi Loop provides pain relief for:

  • Wounds
  • Post-Surgical Pain & Swelling
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Neurological Issues
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Degenerative Disorders

Earlier this year while exhibiting at AAHA, we asked Assisi Animal Products reps to tell us more about how this pet pain relief product works. Kaysie Danneimiller from Assisi took a minute to explain:

Assisi Loop Facts

  • Prescribed by veterinarians and animal rehab therapists.
  • Alleviate pain and inflammation in animals without drugs.
  • Treats directly through wraps, dressings, and casts.
  • Easy to administer at home or in a clinical setting.
  • Uses targeted pulsed electromagnetic field technologies to improve health and healing.
  • Start with three to four 15-minute treatments per day for acute and chronic or degenerative conditions.

We haven’t tried the Assisi Loop ourselves (and we are not being compensated to write about it), but we’re curious about its results. Thankfully, longtime Tripawds members the Oaktown Pack are currently putting the loop into practice to alleviate arthritis. Their packmate Smokey B is pictured above. The Oaktown Pack promises to report back soon on how it worked for him, so watch this blog for an update.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in trying the Loop for your Tripawd, be sure to check out the Assisi Loop website. They have tons of great information ready for review in the Pet Owners section of their website, including what you need to know to get the Assisi Loop for your animal.

Assisi Loop Pet Pain Relief

Have you tried the Loop?
If so we’d love to hear your experience below!

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Parents Rave About the Custom Tripawd Harness

September 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Mobility

Tripawd dog harnesses come in all sorts of flavors. The special selection of harnesses you see in our Gear Shop are there because they’ve been tested by us and members of the community. All work great for three-legged dogs, but only one custom Tripawd harness can be tailored to your dog: the Custom Pet Support Suit.

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Millie wears her custom Tripawd harness.

Why this Custom Tripawd Harness is Best in Class

Long ago we knew the Custom Pet Support Suit was the best Tripawd harness on earth. Why? Because when our fearless leader Jerry put his on, we could see what a difference a tailored dog harness makes! When you order and send proper measurements, you get back a harness that:

  • Is comfortable enough to wear all day
  • Won’t slide to one side
  • Provides full under-belly support
  • Fits every curve on your dog’s unique body type.

Whether a dog has three our four legs, the Custom Pet Support Suit fits like a glove and enables you to help your dog exactly as you need to. Here’s what others have to say about this Made in the USA harness:

custom Tripawd harness“We just got Sweetie’s suit today, and it is wonderful!  Such great quality!  It only took a few minutes to adjust the straps.  It fits her perfectly!  She seems pretty comfortable in it also.  It made it so much easier to get her up when she had this on.  I actually put it on her as she laid on the floor and it was a breeze.  I can’t thank you enough for doing such a good job making it and shipping it so fast.  You guys truly are awesome!”

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Tripawd Tucker is camera shy.

“I got it to have it be a comfier and snugger harness, but it really helped me in more ways than that. Tucker needs a lot more support standing up to pee and poop and to walk. I now can do a much better job and if I clip the handles across his shoulder and hips, I can easily lift him straight up in the air and place him where he needs to be.”

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“Your product has been a godsend!  It looks great and functions even better.  Definitely will recommend this to anyone.”

And last but not least, no words are needed to show how well it worked on Fiona.

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“Thought you might be interested in these pics. Thanks for all your help!”

Learn More About the Custom Pet Support Harness

Custom Mobility Harness Helps Tripawds Get Up and Around

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Make These Affordable DIY No-Slip Tripawd Traction Rugs

August 25th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Safety

It’s never a good time for a cat or dog to lose a leg, but when it happens right after you install hardwood flooring in your home, it’s really bad timing! Fortunately, Scooby’s Dad showed us how to make these affordable “No-Slip DIY Tripawd Traction Rugs.”

DIY Tripawd Traction Rugs Prevent Injuries

Slippery floors are like having an indoor ice rink inside the home. Three-legged dogs and cats have far more confidence when our floors are easy to walk on. Traction boots are great for canine Tripawds in the outdoors, but they’re not a practical solution for inside our homes. After all, how many of us can remember do put shoes on our dogs every single day? And of course, cats won’t put up with shoes on any day, so why make our lives more complicated?

We recommend buying carpet runners for inside the home. And for your existing throw rugs that don’t have no-slip backers for them, try this DIY Tripawd Traction Rug trick that Scooby’s Dad demonstrated.

My solution that a friend recommended is to put beads of caulk on the back.  I used silicone non-paintable caulk from Home Depot. It was $6 and I’ve done three rugs and two beds. It’s much cheaper than mediocre nonslip pads. It dried overnight and it really keeps rugs and beds from sliding.

I don’t recommend using it on really fine rugs like hand knitted wool rugs – that’s the place for a good nonslip pad.

DIY tripawd traction rug


Sure, it’s no fun covering up beautiful hardwood floors. And I’ll bet if we took a survey today, we’d find out that most Tripawds members have a mish-mash of carpet runners and throw rugs in their home. None matching, of course! As a wise member once said . . .

“I suspect most Tripawd homes are not going to make it as Better Homes and Gardens’ feature homes.”

But ask our Tripawds, and all of them will be grateful when we’re more concerned with their safety than having pretty floors.

DIY Tripawd Traction Rugs

Scooby says “Thanks for covering up the floors Dad!”

From the Tripawds Discussion Forums:

Do i need to cover my floors long-term?

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Wow! Wyatt’s Webmaster Tripawd Harness is Still Going Strong

August 4th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Mobility

Tripawds are so strong! Every day our three-legged heroes defy our expectations and show the world they are pawesome. And just like the Ruffwear Webmaster harness, they are tougher than we think. Here’s a good example: Tripawd Spokespup Wyatt Ray‘s old black Webmaster Tripawd harness.

Tripawd Webmaster harness

We bought this for him back in 2010. That makes it seven years old. He still wears it today because it does its job. We call it his “camping harness” because it’s a little beat up. His newer Webmasters we save for public outings. But when we’re just around our doghouse on wheels, his old black Webmaster is good enough.

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Wyatt wears his seven year old Webmaster harness around the house.

Ruffwear products like the Webmaster Tripawd harness come with a one year warranty against manufacturing defects. In nearly 10 years of partnering with this pawesome manufacturer, there’s only been one time when we had to deal with a manufacturing defect. One.

In our experience, the only time something goes wrong is when a dog who isn’t used to wearing a harness is allowed to wear it unsupervised. The dog chews the straps and they break. Oops! In case you’re wondering, here are some great tips to introduce your dog to the Webmaster harness.

Webmaster Tripawd Harness Improvements

The Webmaster has improved since we bought this first harness. It offers better comfort, more support and greater stability. For example:

Ruffwear is making the Brush Guard attachment for all their harnesses! We call it the “Webmaster Plus” and its the best EVER.

There’s more padding between your dog’s body and the harness (see the difference between the old Web Master on the left, and the new one on the right?).

A wider, more padded handle also makes it easier to help your Tripawd

The design is better tailored for a closer fit.

Paws down, Ruffwear products are built to last. Like Tripawds themselves, Ruffwear dog gear is the best there is!

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