A supportive, multi-use harness built for manoeuvring and assisting dogs up and over obstacles. Also a great support for dogs who are missing a limb.
The Ruffwear Web Master Harness is a supportive, multi-use harness built for maneuvering and assisting dogs up and over obstacles, designating working dogs, and preventing even the best Houdini dogs from making an escape. Thin, durable foam provides support without hindering range of motion and a platform for attaching patches and signage for working dogs. Five points of adjustment create a secure fit, while padded chest and belly straps make the Web Master comfortable for all-day wear. The preferred harness of many avalanche rescue dog programs, service dog handlers, and three-legged dog owners, the Web Master is a great collar alternative and ideal for hiking, scrambling, and mobility assistance.
Features and Benefits
- Five points of adjustment for a custom fit
- Two points of leash connection: single-piece, anodized aluminium V-ring and the webbing loop
- Foam padded straps for comfortable, extended wear
- Anatomical design and padded handle provide balanced lifting with good load dispersion
- Low light visibility with reflective trim and light loop for attaching The Beacon
Ruffwear harnesses are strong and stylish, but more importantly, they’re extremely adjustable which means a large majority of dogs will get a good fit. Don’t get us wrong, there isn’t a harness out there that is suitable for every dog when you consider how many shapes and sizes our furry friends come in, but we really do have a great success rate with these products.We’ve toured the length and breadth of the UK, meeting thousands of your dogs along the way. We’ve met all sorts of dogs on our travels, and picked up quite the skill for fitting these harnesses. Unfortunately, over the internet, we can’t fit them for you, so here’s our top tips for those of you fitting your own dogs.
General measurements & the size chart
The sizing charts are 100% accurate and factual – Ruffwear harnesses adjust both in and out to their provided measurements.
First, establish your dog’s girth size by looping a tape measure just behind their front legs to get the measurement. (Pro Tip: you can get these free from your local Swedish Furniture Labyrinth)
Ensure you are measuring this at the widest point. This is especially relevant for greyhound/whippet type dogs who generally have a larger, deeper rib cage compared to breeds such as Labradors or Spaniels.
Top Tip: Go by your measurement rather than gut feeling – sizing between different brands is inconsistent. ‘He’s a large in XXX brand’ doesn’t help I’m afraid.
Once you have a girth measurement, compare that to the size chart below/on the product page to establish the likely size. All Ruffwear harnesses have the same size banding. For example, if you measured 60cm girth, you can comfortably expect a small (which fits 56cm to 69cm) to be the size you should try first.
If however your dog measures on the border of two sizes, we recommend choosing the larger of those two sizes or if you’d prefer, buying both sizes to try, and return the one that doesn’t fit for a refund.
Rarely (but it does happen), a dog that measures comfortably for one size may benefit by trying the next size up as well. Don’t try this first time, go with the guidance above, but occasionally this does solve a problem if the initial size is ill-fitting and can result in a good fit for an irregular shaped breed.
Top Tip: for those that choose to try a size up note that this brands girth straps will adjust down below the lowest size they publish. If you end up getting your desired fit in this unconventional way you will have to shorten or manage the longer straps to keep them out of harms way.
For puppies our advice is unless you are happy to replace the item pretty quickly we recommend that you wait until they are nearly full size before investing. The best time to buy is just as they near bottom end of the size banding so that you can adjust upwards as you go.