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September 16th, 2009 · 67 Comments · Mobility, Safety

New Ruffwear Harness Web Master Available!An all time favorite product for helping three legged dogs get around is the Web Master harness from Ruffwear. We present Jerry’s original product review here in the Tripawds Gear blog for your convenience when considering the purchase of multiple items to help your tripawd … Stay tuned for an upcoming review from rear leg amputee and new Tripawds Spokespup Wyatt Ray Dawg.

NOTICE: Sizing, colors and pricing have been updated. Read our latest review and watch new demo video.

My people used the Ruffwear Web Master harness to help me get around from the time I became a canine amputee. And we all agree, it helped greatly – especially when navigating stairs or getting in and out of vehicles. Keep reading to see our product review and the demonstration video we produced, or to review frequently asked questions and place your order.

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Nothing tugs heartstrings like watching a three-legged dog having a hard time getting around … never again with the Web Master harness!

ruffwear web master harness colors

This durable yet lightweight harness provides support, comfort and full range of motion for your dog with fleece-lined, padded chest and belly straps. The sturdy webbing straps and strong assistance handle help you lift your dog in and out of vehicles or out of harm’s way when assistance is needed. A Ruffwear harness is the best solution for helping your three-legged friend go up and down stairs without putting extra force on remaining limbs. And with five adjustable fitting points to accommodate dogs of all sizes and shapes, the Web Master is worn with padded comfort, secure fit, and a generous ergonomic cut. It is your best alternative to a collar, allowing better distribution of pulling force to prevent choking. And with your leash attached to the centered aluminum V-ring, you have ultimate control over dogs who tend lunge, without pulling them off balance.

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Demonstration Video

But if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth a million! Just check out this demonstration video for the Web Master featuring, yours truly …

Watch updated review video featuring rear-leg Tripawd Wyatt.

How to measure dog girth for best harness fitThe Web Master comes in two colors and various sizes to meet the needs of all tripawds and their people. Note: This harness has a small Velcro tab inside the front strap which helps keep the padded chest strap from shifting around your dog’s body. On front leg amputees, however, the harness will tend to slip around the chest. Without the second leg to hold it in place, this is inevitable but purely aesthetic. The harness can easily be adjusted and is still perfectly functional.

Considerations for Rear Leg Amputees: DoubleBack Harness Review for Rear Leg Tripawd WyattThe Webmaster harness is the best assistive device we have found for the vast majority of amputee dogs. While its handle centered over the torso lets you support any dog’s body weight, please keep in mind that it does not allow for lifting directly from the hip area.

For dogs whose rear hips/legs are weak, the best harness we’ve found with a handle for lifting from the hips is the Ruffwear Doubleback Harness. However, even this (or any) rear end support harness will not work well on a rear-leg amputee, when there is not enough bone for the hip loops to grasp. If your dog’s mobility is seriously compromised, we recommend the Get-a-Grip Harness made by Animal Suspension Technologies. You may also consider the Help ’em Up harness for dog’s requiring direct hip-lift support. Harness Sizing: For proper fit, simply measure your dog’s girth around the widest part of his/her rib cage. It is girth size, not weight, that determines proper fit. For in-between sizes, Ruffwear recommends selecting the smaller harness for an active, contoured fit.

Size Dog Girth
XXS 13″-17″ 33-43 cm
XS 17″-22″ 43-56 cm
S 22″-27″ 56-68 cm
M 27″-32″ 68-81 cm
L/XL 32″-42″ 81-106 cm
If girth measurement is in between sizes, Ruffwear Recommends selecting smaller size for best fit.

Get yours today, your tripawd will thank you!

Your cost includes shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. via ground delivery (5-7 business days). Additional shipping fees will apply for Alaska and Hawaii. Estimates to be provided upon receipt of order. Texas residents pay applicable sales tax.

PLEASE NOTE: No P.O. Boxes and No Military Addresses! Ruffwear requires a physical delivery address and does not ship orders outside the U.S. Please consider these online retailers or visit to find a store in your country. Please provide your phone number upon checkout! It is required for prompt delivery.

RUFFWEAR SHIPPING POLICY: Physical United States shipping address required for all orders. No international orders and no P.O. Boxes or military addresses allowed.


Rush Shipping Notice:
We recommend not using the harness until stitches or staples are removed. We have heard of no specific cases where any harness has hampered healing, but direct pressure from the straps may irritate the incision. Please consult your veterinarian with any concerns.

Ruffwear Web Master Dog HarnessRuffwear Web Master:
Originally designed to assist search-and-rescue dogs, this handy harness allows you to help your tripawd up and down stairs, in and out of a vehicle, or provide extra support when needed.

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Ruffwear Web Master Harness with Brush GuardRuffwear Web Master Plus:
Includes Ruffwear Web Master harness and Brush Guard attachment to better assist Tripawds! The Brush Guard offers additional chest and belly protection. It also disperses the weight of dogs in the harness, providing additional comfort when lifted and adding stability to the harness, further minimizing shifting.

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Ruffwear Brush Guard:
The Brush Guard™ is an add-on to Ruffwear harnesses that provides chest and belly protection from abrasion, adds additional support when lifting and assisting dogs, and further stabilizes the harness (not included).

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The video and pictures only show Jerry. Will this harness work on rear leg amputees?
Yes, many have purchased the Ruffwear harness for their dogs missing a rear leg and have been completely satisfied. On rear leg tripawds, the harness will not slide around the chest which may happen on dogs missing a front leg. This is purely aesthetic since it is easily adjusted and still perfectly functional. While the Webmaster’s handle will allow you to support the dog’s body weight from the torso, it does not allow for lifting directly from the hips. Please note the considerations above regarding rear leg amputees for other harness recommendations.

Is the harness adjustable?
Very. Two long straps under the chest and belly can be adjusted to fit dogs large and small. Straps meeting at the three-point adjustment clasp in front can also be extended. Harnesses ship pre-adjusted to tightest fit. Does it come with a warranty? The Ruffwear product warranty will only cover defects in material or craftsmanship. Broken buckles may be replaced at the discretion of Ruffwear, but chewed straps or other damaged induced by dogs is not covered. Please review their return/exchange policy for additional detail.

My dog’s girth is between sizes, what size should I get?
Ruffwear recommends you choose the smaller harness for an active, performance fit. It may look small but will provide ample support without having to trim the longer straps of a bigger size. (FYI: Doing so will void warranty and prohibit product return.) There are five separate adjustment points. It should be snug but not constricting.

Will this harness work on four-legged dogs?
Yes! This Ruffwear harness is not modified in any way specifically for canine amputees. It was originally designed for search and rescue dogs to assist them onto chair lifts and into helicopters. We discovered it provides excellent support for three-legged dogs going up/down stairs and getting into vehicles.

How quickly can I get my harness?
Your purchase price includes ground shipping which can take 3-5 days. You must request an estimate for additional delivery fees by providing a complete address before ordering. Please note that doing so may add at least a day to your order. Always provide a phone number to expedite shipping issues. Note: Read next question before requesting expedited shipping!

TopDogs Outdoor Gear for DogsWhy don’t you ship outside the U.S.?
This is Ruffwear’s shipping policy, not ours. They drop ship all orders directly for us and we have no control over their policies. Please see the list of online retailers above for international orders. In Australia, please consider TopDogs Adventure Gear for Dogs.

How soon after surgery can I start using the harness?
We recommend not using the harness until the surgery has completely healed and stitches or staples are removed. We have heard of no specific cases where any harness has hampered healing, but we believe direct pressure from the straps may irritate the wound. Please consult your veterinarian with any concerns.

How can I help my dog get around immediately following surgery?
We suggest using a soft towel slung under the belly if additional support is required in the meantime. A reusable canvas shopping bag slit down the sides also makes a handy temporary sling. but most of all, dogs need rest for the first few days following amputation.

What credit cards do you accept?
Payment for all online orders is processed through PayPal where you can pay securely with Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express if you do not have an account. The seller attributed to Paypal transactions may be identified as Jim Nelson or Agreda Communications. Please call 707-845-3129 to pay directly with a credit card by phone.

What if I need to return the harness? Be sure to leave all tags on when fitting the harness. Please review the complete Ruffwear return policy below before ordering.

Ruffwear Products Refund/Exchange Information:

  • Only items returned within 30 days may receive credit.
  • Ruffwear does not do direct product exchanges. A replacement harness may be ordered here at any time during the return process.
  • Refunds are given via PayPal only. Only cost of item can be credited. A $5 return fee will be deducted from returns. Original shipping & handling costs are non-refundable. Return shipping costs of item are the responsibility of the customer.
  • Packages must be insured when shipped, and a shipper’s tracking number must be provided to us via email. We cannot provide refunds or exchanges without a tracking number. All returns must be freight prepaid; no C.O.D. deliveries.
  • Returned items must be in new, resalable condition with all packaging intact to receive full credit. If any of these conditions is not met, additional restocking fees may be assessed.
  • Please write the following information on the outer packaging, as well as in your enclosed note: RA #XXXXX; Customer: Job # XXX-XXXX Tripawds; name; return address; and daytime phone number. List Item(s) to be credited.
  • Send Returns And Exchanges To: Ruffwear, Inc.; 354 SE Logsden St; Unit# 125 Bend, OR 97702
  • Please let us know as soon as you ship your harness back. Once we’ve confirmed it was received at Ruffwear, we will process your credit (less original shipping and $5 handling charge)and notify you.
  • Please contact Tripawds for a Return Authorization (RA) number and delivery instructions. As soon as the harness is verified as “received” at Ruffwear, we will process your credit or exchange (less original shipping and $5 handling charge) and notify you.

Why buy from Tripawds? Purchases made on this site help support our continuing efforts to raise awareness about canine cancer and amputation as a viable treatment option. Because we believe it is better to hop on three legs than to limp on four. All transactions will be processed by PayPal in a new window for security reasons. Products will be shipped directly from Ruffwear in Bend, OR. Thank you!

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67 Comments so far ↓

  • Linda


    I’ve been shopping for a harness for my tripawd Australian Shepherd. He has had not only a front leg removed but his shoulder as well. This affects his girth size and there is less body in front to hold that part of the harness.

    My question is: Do any of these harnesses consider shoulder/leg amputees or, are they only for leg amputees?

    Thank you.

  • admin

    Thanks for asking Linda, and best wishes for your pup! You may notice in the video and photos that Jerry also had his scapula removed. He wore his Ruffwear harness for constantly for nearly 2 years without any issues!

  • sara passarelli

    we didnt get any instructions with our ruffwaer harness, i dont know how to put it on my left front amputee. hes been getting weaker on his remaining front leg, but mostly need it to assist in and out of suv. do you sell ramps? thanks for your time. sara passarelli

  • admin

    Sorry for any confusion Sara! the video above shows us putting the harness on (and taking it off) Jerry, a front left amputee. Search this site, and the Tripawds Amazon Blog for recommended ramps and other alternatives.

  • Shery

    We have a 7 month old Pomeranian who is just over 2 pounds and not expected to get much bigger as she was the runt. She’s having a front leg amputated. It doesn’t look like there are any options for a dog this small. Any suggestions? Thanks! Shery

  • admin

    Best wishes for your pup Shery! We don’t believe a harness is necessary to pick up such small dogs. Consider posting in the discussion forums for better feedback from members!

  • Shery Armstrong


    We actually didn’t use nor wanted a harness to pick her up with. She’s so small and so furry around the neck that it seemed better to use a harness on her instead of a collar. I guess at this juncture we will just revisit the collar option since the missing leg will hinder the fit of a traditional harness. Thank you so much for your quick reply! We have saved this site as I believe we will be visiting it often although it seems it is most useful for larger dogs.


  • Barb Greene

    Shery, I have the convert harness for walking Taz. She is a large dog but you might want to see if this is made for smaller dogs like yours. There are a lot of followers with small dogs, I would do a shout out in the forums. Good luck!

  • lisa g

    i have 2 bassets in need so i can get them down the steps but do not have amputations – is this appropriate?

  • admin

    The Webmaster will certainly help you help your dogs Lisa! Ruffwear harnesses are not designed specifically for three legged dogs.

  • Codie Rae

    We love our webmasters!

  • Carleen

    Hey folks, I have a female 13 year oldRhodesian Ridgeback build more like a greyhound. 32.5 neck, but thin waist. The medium is too tight around her neck, the large is too big around her waist with the straps pulled all the way up, never thought about cutting the straps as someone suggested. I may have to do that so the harness will fit properly. She has arthritis of the back legs and sometime trips on her front legs, I want the harness to just hold her tighter in case she trips. Any suggestions. Thanks.

  • admin

    …medium is too tight around her neck…

    Sorry to hear about the trouble Carleen, did you extend the three straps that join at the front to loosen/open the neckline? See this post with videos about how to size and adjust the Webmaster harness for more information.

    Hope this helps!

  • Colleen Billis

    I live in the uk and would like to know if I can get one of your harnesses here?

  • admin

    Thanks for asking Colleen. Please see the red notice above regarding international delivery. Click here to jump to the list of other possible online retailers above.

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