Product Review – Ruffwear Omnijore Joring System

Product Review – Ruffwear Omnijore Joring System

As a dog trainer, you probably spend a great deal of your time teaching dogs not to pull on leash.  But in some situations, pulling is perfectly fine.  However, if you are going to allow a dog to pull with strength, they need to be in a well-fitting harness, and you need to avoid having your arm dislocated.  Enter from stage left: the Ruffwear Omnijore™ Joring System.  The system includes a harness, stretchy towline, and a padded hipbelt for the human half of the fun, as well as a mesh bag for keeping it conveniently contained when not in use.

With the optional rear waist strap

With the optional rear waist strap

Minus the optional rear waist strap

Minus the optional rear waist strap

The Harness

Ruffwear makes superb products, so we were not surprised to find that this set was fantastic.  We’ll start with the harness.  Their measuring guide is spot-on, and if you already have a Ruffwear harness you are safe ordering the same size.  It was a little unwieldy to get on as it has minimal clips, so you have to slide it over your dog’s head and then maneuver their legs through the straps.  Have treats handy if your dog does not enjoy weird handling.  Once it is on though, it’s marvelous.  The straps are incredibly adjustable, in 4 separate locations, ensuring a perfect fit.  The harness goes a little longer down the dog’s back, and then has an extra removable strap that fits at the smallest part of their waist to ensure more comfort for the dog when it is pulling.  Instead of a standard d-ring to attach a leash to, it has cording with a loop at the end so the leash/pressure pull more from behind the dog instead of above it.  This helps maintain a comfortable fit for the dog even when pulling.

Hipbelt and color-coded towline

Hipbelt and color-coded towline

The Towline

The towline stretches from 6.5′ to 8.75′ to provide superior shock absorption.  On one end it has Ruffwear’s patented Talon Clip™ to easily attach/detach the leash to the harness.  It has a handle loop down low near the clip, as well as a standard loop at the top, where it attaches to the hipbelt.  The ends are color coded to avoid confusion.

Notice the padding over all the straps, no buckles touching dog's body

Notice the padding over all the straps, no buckles touching dog’s body

The Hipbelt

The hipbelt is designed to ride snugly and comfortably around your

Notice the mesh for coolness and the thick padding.

Notice the mesh for coolness and the thick padding.

hips, keeping your back safe and your center of gravity lower and more secure.  The hipbelt is very padded and fits hips sized 27″-48″, so it is quite adjustable.  It has removable straps for around your thighs to help keep the hipbelt from riding up.  It has a water bottle pouch and two zippered pockets.  The tow bridle that the towline attaches to gives the line side-to-side mobility or permits you to attach multiple towlines/dogs.  It features a quick release for the towline in case of emergency.

Padded, comfortable design

Padded, comfortable design

Thoughts On The System

I thoroughly believe that some dogs can benefit, both physically and mentally, from being allowed to pull once in a while.  Obviously it is important to get vet clearance if you are going to have your dog pull you, whether on a bicycle, rollerblades, skateboard, or skis.  But most dogs thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to use their muscles.  This

Kit bag includes instructions sewn to inside

Kit bag includes instructions sewn to inside

Ruffwear Omnijore™ Joring System keeps both them and you safe.  The towline very firmly attaches to the harness and stays there until purposefully released.  It is possible to use a regular leash as well if you want something shorter and more practical for regular walks in the neighborhood.  Even when my dog really lunged, the leash stayed securely attached and the hipbelt kept me from getting jolted.  The pockets and water bottle holder in the hipbelt were much appreciated to keep my hands empty of keys, poop bags, water bottle, treats, etc.  The harness, once adjusted, fits beautifully, keeping pressure off the dog’s neck and shoulders and the center of gravity for pulling safely low and back instead of upwards.  As with all Ruffwear products, each component is sturdy and well designed, made to withstand strong forces whilst remaining comfortable for both dog and human.  This package definitely gets a solid, “heck yes and thank you!”

Ergonomically designed to not restrict shoulder movement

Ergonomically designed

Mesh kit bag

Mesh kit bag

The Ruffwear Omnijore™ Joring System can be purchased here.

*This set was given to The Modern Dog Trainer for free for the review. Our opinion of this product was not affected by Ruffwear’s generosity. We participate in Ruffwear’s affiliate program in order to support this blog and our dedicated contributors.

Product Review – Ruffwear Haul Bag

Product Review – Ruffwear Haul Bag

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A Review Of The Ruffwear Haul Bag

Behind every great dog trainer is a great training bag. Between treats, clickers, toys, notepads, treat pouches, harnesses, and leashes, it can be difficult finding an appropriately sized bag that isn’t super bulky and half the size of Ohio.  So when Ruffwear introduced their new Haul Bag, dog trainers everywhere rejoiced in expectation.  Ruffwear has a history of making extraordinary products and this bag was expected to hold up to their standards.

Ruffwear was gracious enough to send The Modern Dog Trainer a bag to try out.  To nobody’s surprise, this bag stands out in a large crowd of training bags.

This bag appears deceptively small.  It is 16.5″ long, 11.81″ wide, and 12.2″ tall.  It comes with two small handles for hand-held carrying as well as a shoulder strap.  It has a zippered top.  On one outer side, there is a large zippered pocket that goes the length of the bag.  On the other side are three mesh pockets, one perfectly sized for business cards, and then two larger ones.  On one end is a label that can be filled out with your contact information.

Notice the three pockets. The smaller pockets is perfect for business cards.

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Notice the label for your personal information on the bag.

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Inside Compartments Of The Haul Bag

It is upon opening the bag that the wow factor really kicks in.  The bag is gigantic.  It has what Ruffwear calls a “gatemouth” opening, which opens the bag to a full rectangle.  The inside, like the outside, has both a zippered pockets on one side and mesh pockets on the other side.  The bottom is wide and flat.

Notice one side with a zipper and one with pockets.

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IMG_4192I was pleasantly surprised to find that all the training gear that had maxed out my other training bag fit into the Ruffwear bag with plenty of room to spare.

Even when fully stuffed, the bag is lightweight and comfortable to carry.  When slung over a shoulder, it is less prone to knocking into furniture, vehicles, dogs, and people than other training bags due to the smaller dimensions and tapered top.

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The Haul Bag is not inexpensive; however, with the sturdy materials and craftsmanship, as well as the lovely yet simple design, it is a bag you will not have to replace in the near future. If you are a professional trainer, be sure to join Ruffwear’s Pro Purchase Program for a discount on their items!

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*This bag was given to The Modern Dog Trainer for free for the review. Our opinion of this product was not affected by Ruffwear’s generosity. We participate in Ruffwear’s affiliate program in order to support this blog and our dedicated contributors.

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