In April we reviewed the Ruffwear Web Master with our rescue dog Duke and found that it was a great harness for an active dog. We initially got the harness for him because he was having mobility issues and getting in and out of our car became a struggle. The harness was able to help Duke get around with no issues and helped him regain his confidence. Unfortunately, Duke passed away in September and not a day goes by that we don’t think about him and all the great memories. Since then, we’ve been using the harness with our other rescue dog who is very active and loves to hike and go for strolls around town. We have found many new ways to use the Web Master harness and decided to write a follow up.
What We Ordered:
Ruffwear Web Master Harness
What We Like:
Great for the active dog. We put the harness on Leo when we go hiking, walking around an outdoor mall or just out on a new adventure. Leo has no problem walking in the harness and seems to enjoy having it on. When Leo has the harness on he goes into “work mode” and the Husky in him will follow any trail.
Very versatile. Not only is the harness great on the trail, but we also use it to help him get across slippery floors (he has REALLY fuzzy paws so he tends to slip). This has saved my back because without the harness, I have to carry him over tile floors as he’s afraid he’ll slip. When Leo has the harness on, we can lift on the handle gently and offer him stability and support so he doesn’t slide and fall. We try our best to avoid “slippery” floors, but the vets office is unavoidable and their floors are always slippery.
Secure and provides control. The harness is very secure and provides us with better control of Leo when he decides to go after a squirrel or venture off a trail. When we walk Leo with only his collar on, our 6′ leash hangs too low and he tends to walk over it and getting his legs tangled. When we use the harness, we attach it to the hook on the top of the harness and this keeps the leash high enough to prevent Leo from walking over it. We also like the security the harness offers over that of a typical collar – we’re never afraid he’s going to slip out of his harness. Since Husky’s are known to be runners we never want to run the risk of him getting lose unexpectedly.
High Quality. The handle on the harness is very strong as well as the hook on top which we always clip our 6’ leash to. The hook is heavy duty and has strong stitching around it so we don’t have to worry about it tearing if Leo starts to pull.
What We Don’t Like:
Unable to lift the dog off the ground. A drawback with this harness is that because it only cradles the front of the dog’s body, we can’t use it to lift all four legs off the ground. This was an issue when I tried to use it to get my mother’s lab into our Jeep. He is about 80lbs and unable to jump due to his hip problems. I needed something more like the Ruffwear Doubleback harness that has a rear harness/handle that I could use to lift him in. The Web Master is ideal for an active dog that just needs some extra assistance.
Other Notes: The Ruffwear Web Master harness is put on by sliding it over the dogs head and then lifting their right leg through one loop of the harness. Once that is complete the harness can be buckled around the dog. Although we haven’t had any problems with this, it may be difficult to put on some dogs with serious mobility problems or those who simply won’t allow you to lift their legs.
While we believe the Ruffwear Web Master harness might not be ideal for a dog with serious mobility problems, it is perfect for that active dog in your life. We never would have considered a harness a necessary item for our dog, but now that we have it we don’t take Leo for a hike out without it (or to the vet).
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