An all time favorite product for helping three legged dogs get around is the Web Master harness from Ruff Wear. 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 updated March 31, 2012. Read updated review and watch new demo video.
My people used the Ruff Wear 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.
Nothing tugs heartstrings like watching a three-legged dog having a hard time getting around … never again with the Web Master harness!
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 Ruff Wear 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.
The 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: The 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 Ruff Wear 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, Ruff Wear recommends selecting the smaller harness for an active, contoured fit.
|If girth measurement is in between sizes, Ruff Wear Recommends selecting smaller size for best fit.|
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! Ruff Wear requires a physical delivery address and does not ship orders outside the U.S. Please consider these online retailers or visit ruffwear.com 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 FEES DO NOT INCLUDE PURCHASE PRICE!
Ruff Wear Webmaster: 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. New and improved!
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FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS SHOP HERE:
- Search Amazon for Ruff Wear Harness
- USOutdoor.com: Ruff Wear Dog Harness
- Buy.com: Ruff Wear Dog Harness
- The Sensible Dog: Ruff Wear Dog Harness
- Gear 4 Dogs: Ruff Wear Dog Harness
- The Dog Outdoors: Ruff Wear Dog Harness
- Top Dogs Australia: Ruff Wear Dog Harness
Please advise if any of these sites do not ship internationally. Note that some retailers may charge more for shipping outside the U.S. or have other international order shipping policies.
The video and pictures only show Jerry. Will this harness work on rear leg amputees?
Yes, many have purchased the Ruff Wear 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 Ruff Wear product warranty will only cover defects in material or craftsmanship. Broken buckles may be replaced at the discretion of Ruff Wear, 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?
Ruff Wear 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 Ruff Wear 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!
Why don’t you ship outside the U.S.?
This is Ruff Wear’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 Ruff Wear return policy below before ordering.
Ruff Wear Products Refund/Exchange Information:
- Only items returned within 30 days may receive credit.
- Ruff Wear 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: Ruff Wear, 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 Ruff Wear, we will process your credit or exchange (less original shipping and $5 handling charge) and notify you.
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