We tried more than half a dozen harnesses, anti-pull systems and leads. Most lasted about a few walks before Tilley managed to pull against them or find a way out of them. Yes, she was bonkers and keen on pulling for the first year or so!
The Ruffwear Webmaster Harness is the only one she hasn’t done a Houdini on. Along with the Gencon headcollar the Ruffwear harness is the only thing that she “accepts” and doesn’t pull so much on. [As an aside, this is the dog that will happily lay outside our tent with a 30 metre line on and have birds land about 2 metres away and just look at them. Whereas when she is on a short lead on she will pull like a steam train toward a bird/dog/cat 200 metres away. Go figure!]
The Ruffwear harness is very well made, solid with durable stitches. We have used it constantly for three years, at least twice a day, in all weathers. She has been swimming in the sea and lakes and rolling in her “mud baths”. When it started to smell a bit we gave it a good hand wash. We hear some people even stick them in the washing machine.
The Ruffwear harness holds well onto Tilley when we need to lift her over a stile or into the van. Without any moaning from her when she is “dangling” in the harness, it gives her good support. When she wear the harness I don’t fear that she will slip out and do a runner, all I have to worry about is to remember to hold onto the lead.
We also like it as other harnesses clearly hurt her legs (she had surgery when 6 months old for elbow dysplasia so we are very careful of her legs) when she pulled against it and cause her to limp. The Ruffwear Webmaster Harness hasn’t hurt her or elbows if she does a runner and she has forgotten she’s attached to me.
We might get the Brush Guard to give her more support when we lift her over obstacles. Even though with the amount of fur that Tilley has and her love of running into mud and undergrowth, I don’t think we would get much protection from it.
We managed to attach a little cheap bag to the side of the harness so that she could carry her poop bags and poop. This got a lot of comments – ooh, that is cute, she can carry her own treats – though when I tell them what we really use it for the cuteness disappears… 🙂
The only thing that got damaged on it that we had to fix was one of the belly straps that got chewed by one of our foster dogs (hello Jordan!). This we easily fixed at a local tent, boot and backpack mender since our sewing machine wasn’t strong enough.
We got a new one because the aluminium V-ring leash attachment started to wear through the strap it was attached too. Still good going after three years of Tilley wear.
I would highly recommend anything from Ruffwear as it is solid, durable gear with quality stitching. And, hey, Tilley does look good in her smart red harness!