Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? We recently took a few of our office dogs out to Smith Rock in Terrebonne, Oregon to test and demonstrate our latest creation…The DoubleBack™ climbing harness for a dog. Our resident climbing experts strapped up three office dogs–Hank (a black Lab), Jack (a white Alaskan Husky), and Badger (a multi-colored Husky/Shepherd)–and tested their climbing and belay skills.

The “Highest Altitude Award” went to Badger, who managed to scale his way up to a ledge where he took a nice long break before making his way back down. “Most Relaxed Award” went to Jack, who used the harness like a hammock, nearly swinging himself to sleep. And Hank, our oldest climber, received the “Lifetime Achievement Award,” proving that, in fact, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

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  1. This is exactly what I am looking for!! My dog doesn’t come climbing with me – she will not belay 😉 , but she does accompany me on scrambles. Who will carry this product? REI? I live in the Vancouver/Squamish area thus somewhere close to here will be ideal as she will need to try it on.

    Cheers, Erin & The Crag Doggy

    1. These harnesses will be available at REI.com and ruffwear.com, as well as through local retailers all around the US.

      Because the product has not been released for order by retailers yet, we can not give you a name of a retailer in your area that will for sure carry the product, but you can find a list of Ruff Wear dealers in your area at: http://www.ruffwear.com/store_finder.

      Look for it in stores Oct. 1.

  2. PS – what is the weight of these harnesses. I would guess she is a small/medium. Gear loops ;)? Cheers, Erin.

    1. Are you looking for the actual weight of the harness, or the strength rating? The strength rating is 2,000lbs (8.9kN). The harness is sized by the girth measurement of the dog, not the weight.

      It is extremely important for the comfort and safety of the dog that the size is ordered according to their girth measurement. It will be available in sizes XS (17-24″ girth), S (24-29″ girth), M (29-34″ girth) and L (34-42″ girth).

  3. We have just purchased the Webmaster harness and it is terrific. This one looks even better. Our doberman had disc surgery last week and there is no other product on the market that can safely support a large breed with spinal issues.

    We can’t wait to see this new harness and hope we never need to use it!!!

    Thank you, Jan

  4. Very nice. I’ve passed this link along to the Degenerative Myelopathy yahoo group (DMDogs) and there is much interest in the product. As said in email conversations with your product staff, keep us posted.

    And we’ll be glad to be product testers for this passionate and experienced market! Niche for you but try doing the #s – temporary or permanently disabled, injured, elderly, or special needs (e.g. neurological conditions) – probably a higher # than those needing to belay their dog. 🙂

    I’m trying to hold off buying a harness until October when you come out with this!

    Thanks!! –Kathy

  5. I’m currently using the Webmaster and love it but I would love to see a closer pic of this harness. I’m excited and wished it was out sooner than October! Any chance you all will do some contest giveaway for some reason and give opportunities to win your gear? Hmmmm. Maybe you could think about something like that! 🙂 Cheers & many Slobbers. . . .

    1. You do need one these! Look for our DoubleBack™ harness to reach the market in October. Thanks for sharing the pics and happy climbing!

      1. This is exactly what I am looking for!! My dog doesn’t come climbing with me – she will not belay ;), but she does accompany me on scrambles. Who will carry this product? REI? I live in the Vancouver/Squamish area thus somewhere close to here will be ideal as she will need to try it on.

        Cheers, Erin & The Crag Doggy

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