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Tripawd Charley Reviews the Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness

Ruffwear has another pawesome harness available, the Front Range.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

NOTE: The Front Range has no handle.
Find more assistive harness in the Tripawds Gear Shop.

This harness doesn’t have a handle, but it does have two leash attachment points. Use the top one to help assist your dog in vehicles or up and down stairs. This is a great walking harness that prevents pulling on the neck with an easy-on/easy-off design. Perfect for around-the-block walks!

Ruffwear Front Range Harness Colors

Front Range harness available in cute colors!

The Front Range: Key Features

  • Comfortable, everyday harness that is easy to fit and put on
  • Customizable fit with four points of adjustment allow for full range of motion
  • Padded chest and belly panel for good load dispersion and comfortable, extended wear
  • Two-leash attachment points: aluminum V-ring on the dog’s back, and reinforced webbing on the dog’s chest
  • ID pocket stores dog tags
  • Low-light visibility with reflective trim
Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Front Range has two leash attachment points.

We tested it on Tripawds Spokesdawg Wyatt Ray. It looks and fits great on him, but Wyatt’s a rear leg Tripawd and most harnesses will work on rear leg amputees.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Front Range fits rear leg Tripawd dogs.

Front leg Tripawd dogs usually have more challenges wearing harnesses. To make sure it works on these canine amputees, we asked Ellen and her Tripawd Extraordinaire Charley to give it a go. Here’s their complete Front Range review:

Tripawd Charley Ruffwear Front Rage Harness

The Tripawd Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness Test.

Walking Charley with the Front Range

Charley has been a front amp for four years and he is used to walking with a leash attached to his collar since it helps him keep his head up which makes it easier for him to hop/walk without using such a prominent head bob.  When I tried using the harness with the leash attached to the top or the bottom of the harness, it changed his gait pattern and it seemed to make walking a bit harder for him.

I’m not sure that this would be an issue with a new amp that doesn’t have an established gait pattern.  Charley has never really walked with a harness on even before his amp, so that could be a reason why he did not appear comfortable walking in it.

The harness may be helpful with the leash attached on top for a smaller/shorter dog with a front amp that needs a little support at the front end to walk since pulling the leash up may decrease the weight on the only front leg.  Charley is about 70 pounds, so I was not able to decrease the weight on his remaining front leg when pulling up on the leash.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

ID Pocket Secures Tags

How It Fits a Front Leg Tripawd

The design on the harness was very easy to put on a front leg amputee.  I would unbuckle the left side (same side as his amp) and it would easily slide over his head.  This was a huge bonus since lifting up a front tripawd’s only leg requires two people to prevent them falling.

The harness did slide towards his left side a bit because he’s a left front amp, but it did stay in place for the most part.  Charley is lean and narrow around his chest, he does not have a lot of fat reserves and he does not have thick/long hair, so the harness may not slide as much on a dog with a different body type, build and/or fur.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Top and Bottom Views

All-Weather Design

The harness is very lightweight and would not make a dog hot during the summer months.  I also think it would easily fit over a coat or sweater for dogs that need clothing to maintain their body temps in the winter.

I plan try this harness again in the winter with the ice and snow.  Charley had a hard time last year walking on the slick surfaces, so the harness may give him more confidence.  If it doesn’t work with the leash attached to the top of the harness, I could attach his leash to his collar and use the leash look on the harness to hold onto to give him more security.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness Sizing

The Front Range is Available here on Amazon

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One Response to “Tripawd Charley Reviews the Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness”

  1. Great input! Well evaluated by Charley! Pros…cons…explantions of both…well done!

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