Watch dogs using MED/LARGE Walkin’ Wheels!
- On Sale: Rear Wheelchairs $50 OFF
- FREE STANDARD SHIPPING (contiguous U.S. ONLY)
- Only one measurement required.
- Fully adjustable in height, length, and width.
- Fits dogs weighing from 51 to 69 pounds (weight determines correct wheelchair frame size).
- Wheelchair Frame made of durable, lightweight extruded aluminum.
- Dense foam wheels with rubber outer layer; will not puncture, easy to clean, all-terrain.
- For very active dogs, optional air tires (like mountain bike tires) may be purchased, featuring a deeper tread and replaceable inner tube.
- Easy to resell because it can be adjusted and used on other dogs.
- All wheelchair parts are washable; folds flat for easy transport and storage.
- Available in Pink or Blue or Camo ($25 additional charge for designer color CAMO)
- Typically ships same day; overnight and international shipping available.
- Fits med/large breeds: Bulldog, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, American Eskimo Dog, Sheepdog, Rottweiler, Cattle Dog, Chow Chow, Collie, Husky, Pitbull, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Boxer, Dalmatian, Doberman, Weimaraner, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and more.
- Great customer service for any follow up or questions.
- Available on Click here, but Lifetime Warranty and more only received when purchase is made on HandicappedPets.com
What’s In the Box?
- 1 Frame
- 2 Sets of extenders
- 2 Connectors
- 1 Set (2) Foam Wheels or for Pneumatic Air-Filled Tires (add $40)
- 1 Front Harness with Sleeves
- 1 Set Leg Rings Rear Support Saddle
- 1 Belly Belt
- 2 Stirrups
- 1 Instruction Manual
The Frame is powder-coated aluminum in blue, pink, or camo. It will not bend, break, or rust. The molded plastic knuckles attach the frame to the legs; 360 degrees of ‘teeth’ hold the knuckle in place. On the side of the knuckle, a spring-loaded turning cap allows you to loosen the knuckle and swivel the legs up or down.
Width Connectors: (2 connectors with regular frame)
The width connector connects the left and right side of the frame together. If the width of your dog is 5- 9.5 inches, you will use the smaller width connector; 9-13.5 inches will need the longer connector.
Length Extenders: (2 extender sets with regular frame)
The adjustable length extenders connect the front harness in place with the wheelchair. There are two different sizes. If the dog is 9-19 inches, the smaller extenders are used. The small extenders will already be attached to the wheelchair. If the animal’s length is 18-25 inches, the larger extenders are needed. Length is determined by back of front leg to back of rear leg.
The Front Harness
The dog’s head goes between the blue and black straps. The red strap goes under the dog’s front legs and clips on the side of the harness. The shoulder pads are made of neoprene and keep the straps and buckles from causing discomfort for the dog. Neoprene comfort sleeves wrap around the straps for the dog’s comfort. Comfort sleeves can be cut in half if they are too long.
The dog’s hindquarters are held in place by the leg rings, or our rear harness support system. The leg rings can also be used as a lifting harness when out of the wheelchair; the excess strapping can be touch-fastened together to make handles on each side.
Struts & Foam Wheels:
Depending on your pet’s fold of flank measurement, you will receive a set of wheels attached to struts. Struts snap into the leg of the wheelchair frame and adjust to the height needed. Struts are adjustable within a range of 3 inches and come in 4 different sizes: 6”, 9”, 12”, & 15”. The foam wheels are great for all terrains. They feature a dense foam interior with an outer rubber layer. These wheels will not puncture, they wear extremely well, and are easy to clean. Sizes available: 12″ & 16″.
Struts & Air-Filled Pneumatic Tires: (optional upgrade)
Depending on your pet’s fold of flank measurement, you will receive a set of wheels attached to struts. Struts snap into the leg of the wheelchair frame and adjust to the height needed. Struts are adjustable within a range of 3 inches and come in 4 different sizes: 6”, 9”, 12”, & 15”. Air-filled pneumatic tires are an optional item for very active dogs, improved traction, and off-road use. Great for hiking on rough surfaces. These tires are like mountain bike tires and have a deep tread and a replaceable inner tube. Available for an additional $40. Sizes available: 12″ & 16″.
The Belly Belt will help support your dog’s back. It is not always necessary to use the belly belt, but is highly recommended for dogs with a long back, overweight or elderly dogs, dogs with curvature of the spine, and dogs with disc problems.
Stirrups are used to hold the dog’s legs off the ground so they don’t drag due to paralysis, knuckling under, or foot injuries. The adjustable stirrups are positioned to hold the foot up at the hock. If your dog doesn’t need them, the stirrups may be removed from the wheelchair.
The manual gives instructions and tips on assembling and using the Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair.
The tool kit comes in a plastic bag and includes and Allen wrench and set screws. The (optional) set screws may be used to tighten up the wheelchair frame and reduce flexibility, depending on your preference.
How to choose the right size
Measure the Rear Leg Height to the toe pad, ideally when your pet is laying down, as shown in the photo. Do not pull the leg tight; leave some natural bend.
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Using our SureFit® Calculator? Enter your pet’s Rear Leg Height, Weight and Breed to get the perfect wheelchair configuration for your pet.
Watch How to Measure Your Pet’s Rear Leg Height Video!
Assembly & Usage Instructions
For help assembling the Walkin’ Wheels, putting your dog into it, making adjustments, or getting your dog used to it, here are a variety of resources:
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can (rear wheelchairs, only). Go here to see the pros/cons of where to make your purchase!
Yes, that’s the point of the dog wheelchair — to help your dog get the exercise he needs and do his business.
No. Our chair is designed NEVER to collapse on the dog’s leg or spine. We’ve gone to great lengths to be sure of it. The chairs are designed with the help of veterinarians and rehabilitation specialists to hold the dog up, keeping the spine and legs in the optimal position for safety and healing
What’s more, the purpose of the chair is to give the dog exercise and the freedom to go outside and do his business. When the dog is tired, you should never leave him in the chair.
The reviews we have seen of the experimental sit-down spring-loaded style have not been positive. Although we have done a great deal of research, we have not found a safe way for a chair to collapse on a dog.
Yes. The Walkin’ Wheels is designed to be used both indoors and outside. If your paralyzed pet needs an indoor mobility solution that can be worn for extended periods of time, we recommend the Walkin’ Scooter.
If you have a Dachshund or Corgi, it is OK for them to take a rest up against a pillow or bed, because their legs are so short. Otherwise, it is not recommended, due to back or disc issues that could worsen by laying down in the wheelchair.
Yes, we encourage your dog to use his/her rear legs to maintain muscle mass and to get exercise. If the rear legs are paralyzed, then the stirrups will keep their legs from dragging.
All wheelchair orders placed prior to 12 Noon EST Monday through Friday will ship the same day. Shipping time can range from one to five business days. Express shipping options are also available.
This Wheelchair folds flat for easy transport.
We have seen varying degrees of recovery with dogs using the wheelchair. Some dogs have been able to improve so much that they no longer needed the wheelchair. Every dog and disability are unique. While your dog is in the wheelchair they are getting physical therapy improving their physical and mental health.
It is our intention that every Walkin’ Wheels user be happy with their wheelchair. If you experience problems, please call us. Often we can help with a simple adjustment. Please click here for full return policy.
Yes, this will help him/her develop the muscle in the rear legs while using the toe pads to push off. If the legs are paralyzed, then you will use the stirrups to hold the feet off the ground.
When the wheelchair is adjusted properly, the animal stands in a ‘natural’ position. Here’s what to check (refer to the figure below):
A: Knuckle at the hips. If you were to draw an imaginary line from one knuckle to the other, the line would pass right through the dog’s hips where the bone of the leg meets the bones of the body. If the knuckle is not aligned there, tighten harness and/or adjust length. Allow 1″ on each side between dog and black knuckle.
B: Front Support loop at the shoulder. The loop on the front harness that the extender bar goes through should be at the shoulder. Adjust the straps so that the loop is held firmly against the shoulder, then clip into wheelchair.
C: The dog’s back needs to be straight or arched up (slight hunch). In this photo, the dog’s back is arched down a little. This is NOT correct and this dog needs the Belly Strap.
D: The back legs need to be just touching, or just off the ground, depending on the health of the back legs. If the dog wants to use his back legs, then allow his feet to touch lightly. This is often adjusted by tightening the straps that hold the harness to the frame – this brings the dog’s seat up. (Take the dog out of the harness before adjusting.) If the height of the harness cannot be changed, then lengthen the leg struts. Consider boots if the feet drag. Use the stirrups if the dog cannot use his back legs or the feet are dragging on the ground.
E: The horizontal extender bar needs to be level.
Foam wheels are great for all terrains. They feature a dense foam interior with an outer rubber layer. These wheels will not puncture, wear extremely well, and are easy to clean.
Air tires are for very active dogs that like to go hiking on rough surfaces. These tires are like mountain bike tires. They have a nice deep tread and a replaceable inner tube (will need to be filled with air occasionally). There is an additional cost of $40.00 for the set.
Putting Disabled German Shepherd into Wheelchair – Quick & Easy!
- Orders typically ship same day: orders must be placed by 12Noon EST, or 9AM PST for same day shipping.
- Overnight shipping available.
- International shipping available.
- Order will be shipped from our East Coast or West Coast facility, depending on product stock availability.
- When selecting free ground transportation, we will select the fastest way for you, using either UPS or USPS.
- If you need a guaranteed shipping time, please select from additional shipping options at checkout.
- Delivery is 1 to 5 business days for Walkin’ Wheels in the contiguous U.S. and Alaska.
Product Photos & Videos
Med/Large Walkin’ Wheels pet photos, sent in by happy customers!
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Watch these videos of pets enjoying their Med/Large Walkin’ Wheels!
To watch an instructional video for the Walkin’ Wheels MEDIUM Dog Wheelchair, go to the INSTRUCTIONS sections.
Walk Like an Egyptian
Polo here! I know some of you have been following my story on Facebook, but everything has been so exciting the past few months that I just can’t stop telling people about it.
I was born in Cairo, Egypt in December 2012 and had a pretty good life going. Then one day, my human’s gardener thought it would be fun to hit me on my back with a stick. I think it was a rake, but all I know for sure is that it hurt. Suddenly my back legs did not work, so my humans did not want to keep me. Unfortunately, Egypt is way behind with regard to animal rights and only a very few understand the value of animals, especially those of us with disabilities.
I began living with Bahra Fahmy, my first foster mom. She had other dogs she cared for; I loved running around with them. My “gimpy” back legs did not stop me at all. But Bahra and her friend, Laila Fayek, knew that I was not likely to find a forever home in Egypt. That is when Laila sent an e-mail asking GRREAT to take me, if they could get me to the U.S. Bahra and Laila loved me so much that they knew they had to let me go for a chance at a better life.
The GRREAT Board discussed my situation and, although I was waaay out of their normal service area, they agreed to take me. So, on Saturday, December 14, I boarded something called an airplane with a “flight parent” volunteer and left Cairo for New York. It was a very long trip. While Egypt is pretty warm, when we finally landed at JFK, there was white stuff falling from the sky. It was cold and wet. I was told it was snow!
Driving through the snow was pretty scary, but we finally arrived at “home.” They gave me a welcome to the USA bath and wrapped me up in blankets to keep me warm. Then I had another bath because they found some bugs on me. My long trip and all the excitement had me totally bushed. I slept on a memory foam dog bed that night and was so comfy. When I woke up, I met all my new foster brothers and sisters. I felt as though I fit right in. Then we went out to play in the yard. It was like I was back with my Egyptian buddies.
Since that first day I have learned to use my Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair to get around in the back yard. I sure can run fast with them. My foster mom has made me a wardrobe of socks to protect my back legs, snow pants so that I can play in the white stuff, tee shirts with my name on them, and some covers for my diapers. I’m especially grateful for the snow pants because I sure have had a lot of chances to wear them since arriving here…I love playing in the snow!
Love and kisses, Polo
DM Can’t Beat Bernese Mountain Dog
Carrie is a sweet and gentle 10-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, born and raised in Quebec, Canada. She’s always been playful and quite active for a Bernese. Vets were always impressed by her healthy weight and the strength and muscle mass in her legs, something we have always been quite grateful for.
In January 2017, Carrie started having trouble walking on her hind legs. During her outings, she would drag her feet, causing scrapes and bruises which made it uncomfortable to walk afterwards. To ease her discomfort, we would clean the sores and wrap them up to heal, thinking this was the reason she was having trouble walking. But eventually, this progressed into her stumbling and eventually tripping and falling over her own legs. As her condition worsened, we proceeded to do a few tests with a local neurologist, and after two hours of examination and discussion, Carrie was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy.
The good news with this disease is that it is painless and that the dog does not physically suffer from it. The sad part is that there is no remedy, and the disease can progress over time, moving from the back limbs to the front. Since her diagnosis, we have done what we can to keep her comfortable and happy. She eventually lost all strength in her hind legs, but her front legs are still strong and her mind still very sharp (and personality still witty!). Thanks to her Walkin’ Wheels cart, she has regained some freedom of movement and can still go on short walks outside, which she adores! It took some time (and handfuls of cookies) to get her used to it, but she eventually came around and is now super comfortable with it. I don’t know what we would do without it!
This whole journey has definitely been a game changer for us. All of our daily habits around her have changed — walks, feeding rituals, playing, sleep — everything has changed in some way. But like any life-altering situation, change is part of the process and makes way for transformation and growth. Eventually, new habits develop, and ease finds it’s way back in. You just have to be patient, trust the process, and give it all your LOVE.
Thank you for letting me share her story, Mylene Montplaisir Photos are by @isalohaphotography
Miracle Dog Scooter Hosts Book Signing
Scooter’s owner is a close friend who is making headlines with his work on behalf of children’s literacy programs by hosting a book signing at the South Cheatham Libraries Summer Reading Program Finale. Scooter is a Border Collie mix who was found abandoned on the streets of Cheatham County, Tennessee, by the local animal control department. He had been shot in the spine and was paralyzed in the rear legs, but this inspiring survivor was destined for much more than euthanasia.
Luckily, Scooter’s rescuer TJ Jordi at Cheatham County Animal Control sought out alternatives to accommodate the dog’s inability to walk on his own. Scooter’s story is one of several heartwarming tales told in the book Miracle Dogs – Adventures on Wheels by Sandy Johnson.