How to Adjust Your Walkin’ Wheels Dog Wheelchair

  • Last Updated: October 4, 2021
How to adjust a Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair

Unsure about the fit of your Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair? Take the following steps to ensure the correct fit for your pet to lead a happy, healthy life.

Is My Dog’s Walkin’ Wheels Fitted Correctly?

How to adjust your Walkin' Wheels dog Wheelchair

Your dog wheelchair may need adjustments throughout the life of your pet. This can be due to changes in weight or in your pet’s level of activity. A Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair can be easily adjusted in height, length, and width using push buttons. These push buttons are similar to the adjustment on crutches.

How Should my Walkin’ Wheels Fit?

Correct Fitting of Walkin' Wheels Dog Wheelchair

When a pet is using Walkin’ Wheels, they should look similar to the photo above. Follow the steps below if you think your dog’s wheelchair needs adjustments in height, length, or width.

Free Guide to Help Your Dog Adjust to a New Dog Wheelchair

Adjusting the Height of a Dog Wheelchair

Adjust height of dog wheelchair

To ensure your Walkin’ Wheels is adjusted to the correct height, the knuckle (black circular block on wheelchair frame) should be in line with the center of the dog’s hips. Use the push buttons on the leg of wheelchair frame to adjust the height. Wheelchair frame and side extenders should be parallel to the ground, with equal distance between the top and bottom of dog’s abdomen.

If the dog has some use of her back legs, the toe pads should be touching the ground (this may require loosening or tightening of the leg rings which will hang 2-3″ below the frame). For a dog with full paralysis in the rear, the dog should use the included stirrups to keep back legs from dragging. There are optional boots that can be added if your dog drags its paws.

Adjusting the Length of a Dog Wheelchair

Adjusting the length of Walkin' Wheels

You can check the length of your Walkin’ Wheels by the position of the front harness clips. The D-Ring clips should be just behind the dog’s shoulder blade, leaving room behind the dog’s rump for defecation. Adjust the length by using the push buttons on the wheelchair frame and side extenders. You might have to loosen or tighten the black strap of the front harness to achieve the correct positioning. When using Walkin’ Wheels, the dog’s back should be in a straight line. If her back sags, either use the included belly belt, or purchase a Walkin’ Belly Support for additional security.

Adjusting the Width of a Dog Wheelchair

Dog Wheelchair Adjustment of Width

To figure out the correct width of your Walkin’ Wheels, determine the widest part of the dog; this is usually the dog’s chest. When the dog is in the wheelchair, the side extenders should be lightly touching the dog’s shoulders with at least 1/2″ of space on each side of the hips. If the width needs adjustments, you can use the push buttons on the back of the wheelchair and width connector. Keep in mind, you may have to tighten or loosen the leg rings after this adjustment.

Walkin’ Wheels Fit Tips

Adjusting the Side Extender

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When fitted perfectly the sidebar of the wheelchair should run through the center of your dog’s body.

The wheelchair frame and extender should be parallel to the ground with your dog in a natural standing position.

Troubleshooting: Frame is Angled Upwards

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If the sidebar of your dog’s wheelchair is pointing upwards you need to adjust the wheelchair harness to get the proper fit and alignment.

Simply loosen the blue strap of the harness (the strap across your dog’s back) and tighten the red strap of the harness (under your dog’s belly). Continue adjusting the harness until the sidebar runs parallel to the ground.

Troubleshooting: Frame is Angled Downwards

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Similarly to the adjustments made above, we will need to adjust the harness straps to level off the wheelchair frame.

Starting with red harness strap (under your dog’s belly), loosen the strap and tighten the blue strap (across your dog’s back). Continue to adjust the harness until the wheelchair frame runs parallel to the ground.

Need Additional Help Adjusting Your Walkin’ Wheels?

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If you are still unsure about the fit of your Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair or would like a professional opinion, we are more than happy to help! Please send us an email with rear and side view photos of your pet, as well as the name, phone number, and sales receipt number the wheelchair was purchased under.

Resources for Happy, Healthy Pets

Where to buy a dog wheelchair

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3 thoughts on “How to Adjust Your Walkin’ Wheels Dog Wheelchair

  1. Hello my name is Chelsea and I just recently got my Eddie’s wheelchair in the mail and I put it together and I’m having trouble with my dog trying to fit her in it she’s also blind and so we’re having difficulties trying to adjust it and giving her set to the right measurements if it’s possible can somebody send me a video or call me or something that can help me walk through the steps I’m trying to make this process a little bit easier for my dog and myself I greatly appreciate it thank you so much.

    1. Hi Chelsie, we’re happy to help you, however we manufacture the Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair. If you’d like you can give us a call at 888-253-0777, our wheelchair experts can try to help you

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