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Good harness for a toy tripawd?
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So I tried Tango in a Web Master XXS today but the main front closure was still too big (The one his head goes through without snaps). Since he's a front left amp, most normal harnesses won't work properly for him. Does the web master come smaller or is there a similar harness that does? As a Chihuahua, I would rather have him in a harness than a collar.

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Goodness, that should say HARNESS. Tango is sleeping on my left arm, sorry!

4 February 2012 - 9:11 pm
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I fixed your topic title for you, but I like the 'Tango is sleeping on my left arm' excuse, I'll have to remember that!

I have problems fitting harnesses also, I have pugs.  Maggie the Tri-pug ended up with an XXS ruffwear, but I actually had to lenthen the  front straps.  My problem is the pugs are big chested, and my girls have pretty big necks, but are relatively short bodied. I don't think the ruffwear comes any smaller. You could try shortening the straps, but that will void the warranty.

Have you tried the puppia type harnesses?  I know Tango is missing a front leg, but I think any harness is going to slide a little without the leg there.  The puppia harness I use on my pug boy has an adjustable neck, and pretty good coverage on is chest.  You can't really pick him up in the harness like you can a ruffwear though.


Good luck on your search.


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Have you adjusted all five of the straps? Many people don't realize the three in front can be adjusted.

Make sure all the straps extending from the three-point front support junction are adjusted properly. They can each be extended for a looser fit. The chest and belly straps can also be lengthened. The harness should be snug, but not constricting.

The three straps that join in front through the junction with the yellow lining and small white Ruff Wear logo all have sliding plastic adjusters. Slide these adjusters toward the junction to extend the straps. Extending the belly and chest straps should be obvious.

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Thanks for fixing the title 🙂 I adjusted the front straps to be as small as possible but they were still very loose, not touching his chest at all. I did try out the Puppia harnesses while I was there but they moved around a lot. I like their sport model because it hugs the whole chest but doesn't have a belly strap which means he'd be able to back out of the harness if he wanted to escape. He's very clingy though so I don't think he'll be running off anytime soon. I did like the ability to pick Tango up in the ruffwear but I'm worried that the loose front would rub his chest and irritate his scar.

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To answer your question, no the Webmaster doesn't come smaller than an XXS, which should fit a dog having a girth between 12" and 19" around..he's smaller than that? Wow! He's one small dawg!

We haven't heard of a dawg having their incision get irritated from the straps, but that's why we suggest waiting at least until the stitches/staples are out before using a harness. 

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