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Ruffwear Harness use on small dogs?
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Portage Lake, Maine
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14 June 2011 - 10:36 am
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Karen, I'm hoping you'll see this post…did you use a Ruffwear harness on Maggie?  I have a friend interested in one for her quadpawd.

anyone else using it for a small dog?  she's afraid it might be too bulky?

Thanks.

Tracy

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

http://maggie.t.....t-24-2013/

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14 June 2011 - 1:35 pm
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Hi Tracy,

I did get a Ruffwear harness for Maggie, but we were already 3 years in.  She HATED it, but that was her, she did not like wearing anything. Mag never had trouble getting around so I didn't need to help her walk.  It was handy for getting her in and out of my truck- I could do it one handed.  But she was so little- or close to the ground- that using the harness handle to help her was not practical.

 

I did have trouble fitting Mag- what kind of pup does your friend have?  Pugs are very broad chested for their length.  Maggie needed a XS based on her girth measurement.  But once I got the harness it was way too long for her.   I then tired an XXS which was just the right length- but no way to get the front strap around her.   I ended up modifying the straps on the XXS to get it to fit her. 

And to give you and idea of how small the XXS is there is a pic of Barney wearing the harness!

 

Send me a PM if you want more info.

 

Karen

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14 June 2011 - 1:39 pm
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Thanks Karen for replying!  I meant to say my friend's dog is a Pug too.  That's why I wanted you to answer 😉

She wanted it for hiking for her dog but wondered if it might be too cumbersome for small dog.  She'd seen someone with one I guess.(she lives in NY and I'm in ME).

Barney's photo is a hoot!!! 🙂

Thanks for the info and I'll pass it on.

 

Tracy

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13

http://maggie.t.....t-24-2013/

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14 June 2011 - 2:48 pm
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Thanks for the great input Karen!

We've sold plenty of XXS and XS harnesses but oftentimes they get returned for a larger size. It seems some “small dog” owners tend to think they need a “small” harness for their “small” dog and may neglect to follow the instructions for measuring. It is the dog's girth, not perceived size that determines a proper fit. But as Karen indicated, all dogs are different and the body shape may make a difference.

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