It’s no secret that Ruffwear gear is inspired by our customers, our testers, and most importantly, the dogs that use it. While the possibilities on and off the trail continue to grow and change, doors are opening along the way and new ways of thinking shape the gear we create today.

When it comes to product testing, the Conservation Canines (Ruffwear Ambassadors) have no problem getting down and dirty in the field with Ruffwear gear.  In the words of the Conservation Canine researchers, these hard-working dogs spend their days, “traversing plains, climbing up mountains, clambering over rocks and fallen trees, and trekking through snow. When we put something like our new Web Master Harness in the hands and paws of this team, there’s no doubt it will be pushed to the end of the trail and beyond before it ever hits the shelves of your local retailer.

Canine Handler Jennifer and Scooby on a wildlife survey. To learn more about the Conservation Canines, visit http://conservationbiology.net/conservation-canines/

In this latest version of the Web Master, the Ruffwear team spent time ensuring not only that the straps on the harness stay in place, but also that the overall harness is not too bulky or hot for dogs on the go. These factors can impact the journeys you take, from the moment you leave civilization. The following is some Web Master feedback we got back from the Conservation Canines team:

“I glued some patches to alert the public to our program and the work we are performing. I used Gorilla glue, it has already started breaking loose from the harness, the fabric looks brand new where the patches came loose.”

Chester appreciating the sunrise over a pond.

“We’re using the harness while we look for turtle nests along the beach. When Sampson (Conservation Canine/Dog Scientist) locates a nest, he gets to play fetch in the surf with his Hover Craft™. The harness does not appear to overheat him. I’ve seen no hot spots or abrasions even though we are completely covered in sand most of the time.”

“Surveying is so much fun!” – Scooby

“We’ve been using the harness daily for about three weeks now. The straps have not slipped a bit, in spite of being wet pretty much through the entirety of the testing.”

“Our dogs associate the harness with work (play) and love wearing them. They allow the public to realize that our dogs are professional detection dogs. The harness also provides a point of controlling and assisting the dog in our work, without using a collar for attachment.”

Feedback and Photos courtesy of Heath, Sampson, and the rest of the Conservation Canine Testing Team

With nothing quite as satisfying as a good piece of gear, hard work pays off. Although there have been several renditions of our Web Master Harness, this is by far the best yet and we can’t wait to see where it takes you.

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  3. I think it would be awesome if you did this sort of trial work with a second kind of working dog-service dogs! Many service dog handlers use your gear and put them through a different kind of testing. I know many SD handlers who would love to get in on something like this and put new Ruffwear gear to the Service Dog Test!

    1. Thanks for the feedback! We typically have a wide variety of testers per season including our Conservation Canines 🙂 It can often depend on what gear we’re testing for that season, however it’s varied across the board.

      We also love Service Dogs!

      Have a great day!

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