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CHOOSING AND FITTING YOUR RUFFWEAR HARNESS

Your first port of call when choosing a harness is finding out your dog's Ruffwear size.  The sizing is consistent across all products, so once you know the size you can choose any design.

If your dog is on the cusp of two sizes, then the best thing to do is size up.

DO NOT assume 'oh my dog is a small'.  Harness and collar sizes vary brand to brand, and so it is essential that you measure for the correct fit.

Ruffwear measuring guide

You can watch a detailed guide on how to measure your dog on Ruffwear's YouTube channel - click here.

Next is choosing the right harness for you.  We stock the Front Range, Flagline, Hi & Light, Day Pack and Switchbak harnesses - but we can order any harness for you if we don't have it in stock.

Take a look at the various merits of each harness here...(click here for a bigger view)

Ruffwear harness guide

Here is how we would summarise the designs that we stock:

Front Range - perfect every day harness.  Great price for a harness you will use again and again.  We own two so that we can rotate and wash (Bob tends to get very muddy on walks!)

Front and back lead attachment points.  The front point can be used along with training to stop your dog from pulling on the lead.

Light and tag attachment points.

A superb quality harness which won the WHICH best harness category.

Flagline - amazing harness as it fits so beautifully across all dog shapes and is especially useful if your dog has a wide neck and narrow chest, as it adjusts to fit at both points. 

Lightweight, durable and practical - you can use the handle to lift and assist dogs over obstacles.

Three lead attachment points, light and tag points too.

A debris resistant liner makes it perfect for hiking and long walks.

You CANNOT back out of this harness - it's super safe.

Good for all dogs xxs - xl but great on whippets, greyhounds, barrel chests, skinny tums, wide backs etc. Six points of adjustment make it fit perfectly.

Hi & Light

A light, non-padded harness and the only harness to go down to a XXXS.

Scaled to fit even the smallest canine companions, the Hi & Light Harness is a great option for any dog that enjoys exploring in a harness. 

Very light weight so great for dogs who don't love the contact of a harness.

Ruffwear hi and light harness

 

Switchbak - an every day harness with useful side pockets to hold essentials. This harness also has a lift and assist handle.  Perfect for adventures, longer walks, hiking, adventuring, camping etc.

Videos to help explain the differences between harnesses:

Again, Ruffwear have a super video on their YouTube channel to explain the differences between each harness - watch here.

Front range harness  Switchbak harness

Front Range harness in Blue Moon, Switchbak Harness in Red Sumac.

Flagline harness  Front range day pack

Flagline harness in Red Rock and Front Range Day Pack in Blue Moon.

We are always here to help, if you have any questions please do ask.

How should it fit?

Watch those videos pals, they are great.  Our advice is to adjust the harness as best you can off the dog (Based on their measurements) and then try on.  

The harness should be snug (don't let it ride around, because then it will rub and not be comfortable).  You should be able to put two fingers between harness and dog, like you would a collar.

The biggest mistake we see with people who come in store is that their harness is too loose.  Ruffwear is designed to fit comfortably and work with your dog's body shape - so do make sure it's snug (but not tight).

If you aren't sure, give us a video call, or pop in and we can advise!

1 comment

  • Hi; having bought two cool coats for my dogs and a float jacket, I like the ruffwear range (though, admittedly not so much the price tag!)
    But here is one for you – I have a retired Guide Dog who is currently lead attached at the neck collar. I would like to attach the lead attached to a body harness of some description. However as a retired guide dog I do not want her to feel like de is going back to work in a harness. I tried a K9 harness but the total body padding was too reminiscent of a guide dog harness and she went back into work mode. So that amount of padding is too much.

    I also would like to have a handle on the top . She is 13 now and sometimes I feel it would be helpful to give her a hand up.

    Do you have anything which would meet her needs?

    Susannah Barnett

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