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Which harness is right for my dog?

April 6th, 2012 · 51 Comments · Mobility

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While some dogs may never need assistance after amputation, a harness can be an essential aide for helping your three legged dog in and out of cars, up and down stairs, over obstacles, or even up from a resting position as needed.
Wyatt wears Ruff Wear Web Master Harness and Grip Trex dog boots
Consider getting your dog comfortable with a harness, before you realize he or she needs one.

The Ruff Wear Web Master harness is the most popular all-purpose support harness we recommend for the vast majority of people looking to help their three legged dogs. Ruff Wear also makes the Doubleback harness which is intended for technical climbing with your dog, but also provides a hip handle for front-leg Tripawds requiring additional rear end support.

AST Get A Grip Support Harness on Three Legged Dog WyattFor larger, less mobile dogs, and those requiring additional support, Animal Support Technologies offers a couple different harnesses. See all recommended harnesses in the Tripawds Gear Shop and read on for tips to help determine which one is best for your three legged friend.

Ruff Wear Web Master Harness

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. See full review and demo video for complete details.

  • Most popular and affordable.
  • Best for all purpose general support.
  • Most comfortable in all weather conditions.
  • Comfortable padded chest and belly straps.
  • Five adjustment points.
  • Quick release buckles.
  • Handle centered on back
  • Includes sturdy D-ring for attaching a leash.
  • Sizes to fit nearly any dog.

Ruff Wear Doubleback Harness

Ruff Wear Doubleback Dog Climbing HarnessStrength rated belay harness designed for technical climbing with dogs provides direct hip support using padded leg loops that stow in convenient zippered pocket when not being used. Read full Doubleback harness review for details.

  • Full padded belly support
  • Rear leg loops enable hip-lift and even weight dispersion
  • Stow away leg loops
  • Allows multi-point adjustments for a custom fit
  • Rugged, durable design is strength-rated to 2,000lbf
  • Two handles, one providing direct hip support
  • Not ideal for rear-leg Tripawds with small or no stump
  • No quick release buckles
  • Narrow top handle
See all recommended dog support harnesses in the Tripawds Gear Shop!

AST Get A Grip Harness

For deep chested, large breed, heavyweight or more physically challenged Tripawds, the AST provides superior under-belly support. NOTE: Small and Medium Get A Grips have permanent handles. Large size has four individual loops. Please select preferred handle options. Read Get A Grip product review and see demo video for details.

  • Comfortable under-belly support when carrying is necessary
  • Quick and easy to put on
  • Gives even support when lifting
  • Ideal for larger, heavyweight or less mobile dogs
  • Optional shoulder straps
  • Abdominal section accommodates male anatomy
  • Small and Medium sizes include permanent handles.
  • Large size includes four hand grip loops.
  • Carrying handles/loops are not removable
  • Optional clip-on handles and straps available
  • Doesn’t seem practical for all-day use
  • Not necessarily for active Tripawds
  • Fabric seems heavy for hot climates

AST Get A Grip Total

Select this option to receive a kit complete with Get A Grip Harness, clip-on handles and shoulder straps. NOTE: Ensure proper fit before replacing permanent handles on small and medium sizes to avoid voiding warranty. Read Get A Grip product review and see demo video for details.

  • See Get A Grip harness features above.
  • Includes adjustable clip-on handles.
  • Includes adjustable clip-on over the shoulder straps.

AST Custom Pet Support Suit

AST Custom Pet Support Suit Custom Dog HarnessEnsure a perfect fit with this custom designed body harness made to order for your dog. The best solution for giant breed dogs and/or long term use. Includes Additional Velcro® closure, no-slip fit, choice of color and adjustable, detachable handles. No returns. See Jerry’s original Pet Support Suit review and video. New review coming soon!

  • Wrap-Around Design
  • Custom Built to your dog’s measurements
  • Additional Velcro® Closure
  • Adjustable Straps
  • No-Slip Fit
  • Durable, Heavy-Duty Construction
  • Choice of Color
  • Adjustable, Detachable Handles
  • Washable
  • Optional Shoulder Strap
  • Unbeatable Support and Control
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