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Quick Start Guide
See the user manual for complete descriptions.
This brief video, done by a veterinarian and animal rehabilitation specialist and Quick Start Guide show you how to use the Walkin' Wheels(TM) Adjustable wheelchair for dogs 8 lbs and up. Click her for more Videos of dogs in Walkin' Wheels wheelchairs.
STEP 1 – Unpack and Setup the dog wheelchair.
Turn dial to release the knuckle.
Unfold the vertical support and turn dial to lock into place.
Insert the wheels and snap in place.
Larger dogs may need the larger extenders. If so, snap them in.
Notches are on Top
Use snap buttons to adjust
Use a Pen to push Snap Buttons when they are behind the knuckle
Larger Dogs may need the Larger Extenders (3 & 4)
STEP 2 – Put on Front Harness.
Base of the Neoprene “T” faces forward.
Red Strap under the dog.
Side clips face to the back.
Make the top strap tight – others only snug.
Cut in half, if needed and put comfort sleeves on the front harness strap.
|STEP 3 – Put the dog in the cart. Lift dog’s back legs into leg rings or pass rings under legs and clip. Clip the front harness to the side extenders.||
Straps go over top bar and clip to posts.
STEP 4 – Final Adjustments.
Knuckles (A) should be on the hips. Front clips (B) high on the shoulders. Back straight (C). Toes (D) just touching the ground or up in Stirrups. Top bar (E) parallel to the ground. Leg rings flat and tight like a saddle. Optional – Insert set screws for stability.
Set screws are not necessary for operation, but reduce extra play and noise.
• Be calm, quiet, and slow when putting on the cart for the first time. Lots of stroking and reassurance is needed here. Treats help, too.
• Let the dog get used to the harnesses before attaching it to the cart.
• Keep in control of the dog’s movement at first. When the dog takes his first step in the wheelchair it will not only feel unfamiliar, but it may also make a clicking sound. In some cases, if the dog is startled, he’ll move quickly and the mysterious sound will follow. This can be very disturbing to an animal (or a person, for that matter). We recommend that you hold him while he begins to move. If the dog does ‘freak out’ then disconnect the harness from the cart immediately and try again later.
• Dogs often move backwards at first. This is normal. They are used to their back legs stopping them. They need to learn how the cart works. Make sure the leg rings are tight like a flat saddle and holding the dog’s rear end up high so he doesn’t feel like he is supposed to sit.
• Keep the dog in a clear area at first and keep him on a short leash.
• If you are going to use the cart indoors, be prepared for some scraping and scratching damage on walls, door frames, table legs and more.
• Limit his time in the cart. Until your dog gets used to the Walkin’ Wheels, limit the amount of time spent in it. Try limiting cart time to 10 minutes each session until he or she feels comfortable. The dog should not stay in the cart all day. The Walkin’ Wheels is designed to allow your dog to get exercise and physical therapy.
• If the dog moves backwards when you put him in the cart, this is normal – the dog is simply trying to sit down. If he does not move at all, check for harness comfort and encourage him with treats.
• For active dogs, you may angle the wheels slightly back.
• After you’ve had a chance to use it, please fill in the survey at DogWheelchairSurvey.com. It helps us improve the Walkin’ Wheels.
• After the first few uses, check for chafing or sores from the harness.
If you need help, call us at (603) 577-8854 or email