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September 16th, 2009 · 60 Comments
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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.

[ Video | Order | FAQs ]

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.

See New Harness Features Here.

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.


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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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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60 responses so far ↓

  • 1    cairasue // Sep 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Love the Ruffwear Harness. Nothing else compares. End of story.

  • 2    admin // Sep 17, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Thanks for the great review. Glad it works for Caira Sue!

  • 3    chuymaloney // Nov 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Works great for Chuy on regular walks. A little on the heavy side for the Arizona heat though. We still love it!

  • 4    krispikritter // Mar 11, 2010 at 12:18 am

    My furkid is having surgery tomorrow, how long before he would be able to wear this?

    Thank you … (he is large…114 pounds, wolfdog, 11 yrs old)

    Diane and Magic

  • 5    admin // Mar 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    @krispikritter See the FAQS above, specifically…

    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.

    With such a big dog, be sure to review our selection of recommended harnesses, including the AST Get A Grip – designed especially for heavy dogs. Thanks for asking and best wishes.

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  • 8    winston // May 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    can the webmaster also be used in the water (as a doggie lifejacket?)

  • 9    admin // May 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for asking! The WebMaster harness can be used in the water, but it provides no buoyancy and is not intended for use as a life jacket. Please consider our Ruff Wear Float Coat demo video and product review for the best in water safety for your pup.

  • 10    krispi // May 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

    After all my touting of the harness in the discussion forums, I think I shall post a comment here for those who don’t go to the forums! This harness is reasonably priced and the best thing ever. It has been invaluable in helping me help Magic. My vet allowed me to use it as soon as it got here so it was about 5 days post op…but Magic was bandaged so it didn’t rub his incision. An absolute MUST HAVE especially with large dogs.

  • 11    Andres // Jul 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Mornin’ Jerry!

    I’m about to purchase the Ruff Wear Web Master for my golden retriever, Joseph, whose front left leg will be amputated very soon. I’m trying to figure out the girth dimension but alas I’m having some difficulties. Is the girth measurement behind both front legs or diagonally between them?



  • 12    admin // Jul 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Hello Andre, thanks for asking. Follow the sizing instructions on the harness order page to measure the girth of your dog at the widest part of the rib cage behind both front legs. The diagram should make this clear. Sorry for the confusion.

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  • 16    Stephanie C // Oct 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    GREAT product. We have a 4-legged dog with fibrocartilaginous embolism, and she has difficultly using her let legs correctly. We purchased this product after reading recommendations at the Tripawds site and are very pleased. It fits her perfectly and appears to be very comfortable. It has a sturdy handle for us to hold on to as we assist her down stairs, etc. 5 stars!

  • 17    admin // Oct 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks for the great feedback Stephanie!

  • 18    Greg // Dec 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I this harness appropriate for rear leg amputees?

  • 19    admin // Dec 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for asking Greg. Many people find the Webmaster very handy for helping their rear leg amputee dogs when needed. Wyatt is a rear-legger, and we use his regularly and quite successfully to help him into our truck and up/down stairs, etc. You’ll find this and many other helpful answers in the FAQs above.

  • 20    Diesel's mom // Feb 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    So anxious to get this great product, but I have a question. I know the FAQ says to size, down, but my Rottie is measuring at 34/35. Given the return policy I just want to be sure, getting that smaller size is really the right choice for him. It’s seems REALLY small at 26′, but the large sounds way too big on the far end…any advice?

  • 21    admin // Feb 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    @DieselsMom Ruffwear suggests to size down for a “more active fit. But with a 35″ girth, that would only give you one inch of slack with a medium, where the large would give you plenty of room to tighten the harness. Being so close to the maximum girth for the medium, we might also suggest the large. Thanks for asking!

  • 22    Tazzy // Mar 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    We are very happy with our harness! My only wish is that it was made of some type of webbing material. It’s only March and my Siberian Husky is already sweating under it. Do you know if there is something more lightweight but that can hold a 60lb dog?

  • 23    admin // Mar 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the feedback, the Webmaster is the best lightweight harness we’ve found that offers any sort of support. If you don’t need the support and are just looking for a control harness. Consider asking Tracy what she used for skijourning with Maggie.

  • 24    jogreene // Aug 4, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Used it 10 days post op, helped with stair training….also plan to use it for walks, would recomend it…got mine @ rei :)

  • 25    admin // Aug 4, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for the feedback Jo. Readers should know that proceeds from all sales here in the Gear blog help keep the free Tripawds Blogs community and discussion forums online!

  • 26    Maillesmom // Aug 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Got this today! Thank you! Thank you!

    Maille is a 4 month old Irish Wolfhound who was born with a deformed left front leg. She will have it amputated in 2 months. Without the harness it was a struggle to get a 50 lb, unwilling IW into the car, up the stairs, and even get her to stand up on her 3 good legs when she is playing the “poor me” card. Now – no problem!!!!! And having her use to the harness now will make it easier for her when she has her surgery.

    As she is growing, we will be replacing with larger sizes when needed. do you know of an organization we can donate the smaller harnesses to? I am sure someone can use them.

  • 27    admin // Aug 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for the feedback, and your offer to donate the used harnesses when the time comes! That is exactly why we created the Tripawds Angel Exchange, for offering products to others in need who may not be able to afford them.

  • 28    Pam // Mar 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I have a 14lb papillon mix who is missing his front leg. He gets around really well on his three little legs and doesn’t really need extra assistance… but, he is horrible on a neck leash. We have tried the gentle leader, and although we have success with it with our other dogs, he continues to try to fight it and only ends up falling on his face. I know he would do very well with a harness and have been trying to find one that doesn’t require both front legs. I’m interested in the Webmaster but I was wondering if there was any other sort of harness out there that could be used for this purpose?


  • 29    admin // Mar 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for asking Pam. What purpose do you mean? Many customers have found the Webmaster to be very helpful when used as a walking harness. There are two connection points for a leash. As you can see in the video and pictures, Jerry was missing a front leg. He wore his harness constantly except at night and we found it very useful both on walks and for helping him when needed. Please be sure to measure your pup carefully. It is girth, not weight, that determines proper fit.

  • 30    Ellen // Apr 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I have been looking at harness help for several weeks. All offer good and bad reviews. My dog has a possible slipped disk. She cannot support herself without help. I use a sling, but am not strong enough to lift her up when she doesn’t one to go out. Will your product make it possible to lift her and hold her up for elimination? She is a yellow lab.

    It might be more ideal for me to have a handle in front and back for lifting…not sure this one does.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  • 31    admin // Apr 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm


    It might be more ideal for me to have a handle in front and back for lifting…

    It sounds like you may benefit by using the Help ‘em Up harness. We suggest you contact Blue Dog Designs directly as we no longer carry the product here. Our next suggestions would be the AST Get A Grip, however, it lacks the direct hip lift support you describe. Hope this helps!

  • 32    hazelnut // May 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    My dog Ziggy just had his right rear leg amputated a week ago and he is only 1 1/2 years old. I was wondering if his girth of 31 will get bigger since he is still growing? Thank you.

  • 33    admin // May 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Good question hazelnut, thanks for asking. We suggest asking your vet since the answer would depend on what type of dog Ziggy is.

  • 34    Carrie Swann // Jul 14, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Our black Lab ShyAnne weighs about 95 lbs. Her girth is 32.” She is a front leg amputee. Which size, medium or large, would provide the best fit and support? She is 12 years old now and hasn’t changed much over the last few years as far as weight and size.

  • 35    admin // Jul 14, 2012 at 7:02 am

    95 lbs seems heavy for a dog with 32″ girth. Please be sure to measure the widest area around the rib cage behind the front legs. And while Ruff Wear suggests the smaller size for dogs in between sizes, even if ShyAnne is indeed 32″ we would recommend the L/XL harness for a dog her size. The larger size will allow you to expand the straps if necessary and should be more comfortable.

    Thanks for asking! Hope this helps.

  • 36    Carrie Swann // Jul 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

    OK I thought the pic/ diagram looked like the measurement was directly behind the fron leg. She is 35.” So the L/XL would be the best choice. I just wanted to be sure some adjustment (smaller or larger) wasn’t needed for a front leg amp. Thanks!

  • 37    Christina Sparks // Aug 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I see on the website that black obsidian is an option however it is not listed in the drop down menu, only Red Current and Twighlight Grey. I am interested in purchasing the black.

  • 38    admin // Aug 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Sorry for the confusion Christina. In the yellow Notice boxes above, you will see that colors, sizing and pricing have been updated for the new harness. Obsidian black is no longer available, we did not change the photos on this old post.

    You can see closeup pictures of the new Twilight Grey style in this post comparing the old and new Web Master harness. Hope this helps!

  • 39    Carrie Swann // Aug 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    We have been using the harness and it has been very helpful. We are having one problem with it lately. Shy is a front leg amputee. She lifts herself on her back legs first and requires help getting her front elevated. When she does that she slides forward in the harness and the front strap constricts her neck and chokes her when we try to help lift her chest. I’m not sure if this a tripawd issue or not. Do you have any suggestions or adjustments that can be made to the harness to correct this? Is there another product you would recommend?
    Thank you!

  • 40    admin // Aug 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    This is the first time we’ve heard of that issue Carrie. If the harness is slipping that much on Shy it almost sounds like it may be too big. Please ensure all five of the adjustment points are tightened appropriately. Many people miss the three chest straps that come together in front of the harness at the logo.

    If the fit seems appropriate and you’re still having issues, you might consider the full body sling support of the AST Get A Grip, or think about getting a Custom Pet Support Suit made by them.

    Thnaks for the feedback, hope this helps!

  • 41    garrett007 // Aug 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    oh, and I love your comparison of the old vs new harness…..Thanks! I think the twilight gray is growing on me…..

  • 42    Karen // May 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Hello! Is this harness good for front-end amputees as well? I recently adopted a 2 year old tri-pawed [or rather, he adopted me!] and I want to know, in case the vet says I need to get him a special harness.

  • 43    admin // May 27, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Yes Karen! Watch the demo video above and you will see that Jerry was a front leg amputee. He wore his Web Master harness all the time and it helped us get him in and out of our truck, and up and down stairs. Read the whole post and FAQs for more details. Thanks for asking.

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  • 51    Linda // Sep 29, 2014 at 8:09 am


    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.

  • 52    admin // Sep 29, 2014 at 9:18 am

    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!

  • 53    sara passarelli // Oct 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    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

  • 54    admin // Oct 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

    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.

  • 55    Shery // Jan 22, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    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

  • 56    admin // Jan 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    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!

  • 57    Shery Armstrong // Jan 22, 2015 at 10:40 pm


    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.


  • 58    Barb Greene // Jan 23, 2015 at 7:20 am

    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!

  • 59    lisa g // Feb 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

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

  • 60    admin // Feb 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

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

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