If you follow me on Instagram (@jazmineinthecountry), you will have seen that me and my family recently rehomed a dog, to be specific, an 18th month old Staffy x Whippet. Of course when you get a dog, there is also a whole lot of items to purchase, dog beds, bowls, toys, treats, collar, lead, the list goes on so I did my research and looked for the nicest, comfiest harness I could find for the pup. I'm a big fan of Charlotte Fricker on Instagram, @charlie.fricker and she uses this harness on her dog, Otto and I loved it! Turns out that Ruffwear actually do a whole bunch of types of harness for different adventures, such a swimming, long hikes, etc. but I just needed something that was comfy and secure as Rocco (my puppy) is a master of squirming out of his harness (previously was an Ancol Padded Nylon Harness).
Rocco has been fashioning this harness for over three weeks and I think he really likes it! He's not tried once to get out of it and he certainly wouldn't succeed should he try it due to the well designed fit. It's feels very secure when walking him and the clips feel very strong. As you can see from the above images, the harness is well shaped around the shoulders and allows free movement and no obstructions. Even though it looks quite bulky, it's a lightweight harness with a sensible amount of padding.
The fitting and adjustments of this harness were incredible easy. When I first received the harness, I tried it on Rocco to see what would need adjusting and did the necessary adjustments after taking the harness off, put it back on him and it was a great fit apart from the ribs which I was able to quickly adjust in no time with the harness still on Rocco. Being a cross breed of two very different built dogs I had to be careful with the adjustment around the collar, although Rocco has a very thick neck, he has a small chest so the fitting obviously had to be snug around his neck/chest area but still loose enough to be able to easily slip this over his face. I think I've got this fitting just right, it's snug enough that it's not hanging off of him and there's still plenty of room for movement.
To begin with, Rocco was really unsure of me putting this over his face but after a couple of times, he's not bothered one bit. I think that would have to be possibly the only downside to this harness is that it wouldn't be suitable for dogs who wouldn't like it being put over their faces.
Colour - Blue Dusk
Customisable fit with four points of adjustment allow for full range of motion.
Two leash attachment points: aluminum V-ring on the dog’s back and reinforced webbing on the dog’s chest.
Padded chest and belly panel for good load dispersion and comfortable, extended wear.
Low-light visibility with reflective trim.
ID pocket stores dog tag.
If after all these you're thinking, like I did, "we don't really go on adventures to need such a fancy harness" I saw a Dachshund wearing a mini one at The Royal Norfolk Show this year so no, you don't need to be hiking or out camping to buy this harness. Treat your pooch!
I purchased mine from Waitrose Pet, you can buy it here.
Jazmine & Rocco x