Ruffwear Webmaster Harness Review
I have researched, purchased, tried, used, abused, discarded, experimented with, and cherished SO MANY different kinds of harnesses for dogs, it could be my hobby. I’m fascinated by ergonomics, kinesthetics, movement, safety, visibility, and modalities. My dogs being able to not only enjoy hiking but to thrive on it is important to me.
I’ve had a few different favorites over the years, but my current go-to harness for hiking with my dogs is the Ruffwear Webmaster harness. In this review, which is not sponsored, I’ll share what I’ve discovered as the good, the bad, and the could be better of this harness. All thought and opinions are my own. As always, please consult your veterinarian to be sure your dog is fit enough to hike with you before undertaking any adventures.
Let’s start with an overview of what this thing looks like. Because, let’s be honest, it looks kinda weird. The first thing people notice is the straps. There are a lot of them. While this may make hitching up your dog a bit more complicated, it also means more force distribution.
What is force distribution? I’m glad you asked!
Let’s say, hypothetically, your dog sees a squirrel and leaps to the end of his leash. When he impacts the end of the leash, the force of his body – from both his weight and his acceleration – will slam into the (hopefully) immovable leash. When that happens, whatever that leash is attached to will take the brunt of the load. If that is a simple collar, then, you guessed it, all the force of his squirrel-driven body will be transmitted to his soft sensitive vulnerable neck. Ouch.
If, on the other hand, he is wearing a harness, the force will be transmitted through the straps of that harness and distributed across his body accordingly. This is why fit is SO IMPORTANT in dog harnesses.