Owner’s Manual With instructions for optional Fully Supportive Front Wheel Kit

Walkin’ Wheels® is a registered trademark of Wheels for Pets, LLC
US Patent 7,549,398. Canada 2,641,092
Euro 2050418, Japan 5385584, other patents pending.

Click here to view PDF of our Walkin’ Wheels Large Owner’s Manual.

Contents

Quick Start Guide

  • Set up wheelchair length, height, and width
  • Attach Leg Rings to wheelchair
  • Put Front Harness on dog
  • Put dog in wheelchair:
    Now that your dog is wearing the front harness, he/she is ready to get started. The wheelchair should be positioned with extenders slanted on the ground. Get behind the wheelchair, lift back legs up, and place dog’s legs into the leg rings (if your dog is lightweight, you may lift him/her to do so).
    When the legs are through the rings, pull up extenders (side bars). Slide each extender through the D-Ring on the front harness, and clip in place.
    Instructional videos: hpets.net/swi
  • How to fit dog
    Tips for adjusting length and width while dog is in wheelchair:

    • Height: Rear toe pads just touch ground
    • Length: Side extenders do not go past front leg
    • Width: Widest Part of dog (usually the chest)

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Parts of the Walkin’ Wheels Large Wheelchair

Aluminum wheelchair frame
Aluminum wheelchair frame Width Connector and Extenders installed
Walkin Wheels Large Width Connector

Width Connectors. The 9″ connector is installed in the frame

Walkin Wheels Large Length Extenders
Length Extenders. The 26″ extenders are installed in the frame.

 

knuckle
Knuckle
Attached to frame
Tool kit
Tool kit with Allen wrench and cup screws for noise reduction; use if desired.
Leg Rings
Leg Rings for rear support

 

Belly Belt
One Belly Belt for mid-section support; use if needed.
Stirrups
Stirrups to keep the feet from dragging; use if needed.
Front Harness
Front Harness with comfort sleeves, fully adjustable

 

Walkin' Wheels 12 inch and 16 inch wheels
Wheels attached to Struts (one set for each wheelchair)
12″ and 16″ shown here

 

Teach Your Dog How to Use Walkin’ Wheels

We created the Walkin’ Wheels® with the intention that you will adjust the wheelchair, put your pet in it, and in a few moments watch him/her running and playing again. It can happen that way, but it doesn’t always. A wheelchair can be an adjustment for an animal. To some, there is a strange device following him/her around making odd noises and getting caught on furniture and doorways. They will adapt to these changes, but need a little time.

We recommend you be calm, quiet, and slow when putting on the wheelchair for the first time. Give your pet lots of stroking and reassurance. Treats help, too! Let the dog get used to the harness before attaching it to the wheelchair. It may take a few minutes or a few hours for your dog to get used to the harnesses.

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  1. When starting this process we suggest that you use the dog’s favorite treats to reward your dog for walking forward. You won’t need to keep using these treats every day, just in the beginning of the training process. A hungry dog is a motivated dog! Work with your dog before you have fed him/her a meal. S/he will be more eager to pay attention and earn the food reward if s/he is hungry.
  2. Do not immediately put your dog in the wheelchair. Assemble the wheelchair and leave it in an area where your dog can see, smell, and touch it.
  3. Once the dog is comfortable near the wheelchair, put the front harness on and leave him/her alone for a while. Let the dog get used to the feeling of the straps.
  4. When your dog is comfortable, try putting him/her in the leg ring support system and attach the front harness to the wheelchair. Give him/her a treat for positive association.
  5. After your dog is in the wheelchair, hold the food reward right at his/her nose level. Feed several pieces. Then you can step one foot backwards, again holding the food reward in front of you. S/he should then walk toward you to get the treat. Before you know it, s/he is walking in his Walkin’ Wheels®! Again, give a treat and positive praise.
  6. Work in very short (5-10) minute sessions, several times a day. Give your dog rest periods between each session.

Note: Keep in control of the dog’s movement at first. Keep the dog in a clear area and on a short leash. If the dog does become frightened, then disconnect the harness from the wheelchair and try again later.

Until your dog gets used to the Walkin’ Wheels®, limit the amount of time spent in it. The Walkin’ Wheels® is designed to allow your dog to get exercise and physical therapy. Dogs cannot lie down in the wheelchair, but will be able to urinate and defecate while in the wheelchair. Start with short periods and increase slowly. Make sure you don’t overdo it the first day

Setting Up the Dog Wheelchair

Adjusting the Knuckle
The frame is shipped flat. Set the legs perpendicular to the frame by turning the dial caps counter-clockwise to loosen the knuckle assembly. Don’t remove the dial caps. Move the leg to the correct position using the raised indicators as your guide. The inside indicator should be in the center of the two outside indicators as shown in the photo below. Once the leg is in the correct position, tighten the dial cap by turning clockwise.

Correct Knuckle
Correct
Straight Leg Position
Right Knuckle
Right

Knuckle Wrong

Wrong
If you only see two raised indicator marks, then the wheelchair is upside down. Flip the leg 180 degrees.
Knuckle Right
Right
For active dogs, you can angle the wheels back a notch.
Wrong Knuckle Wrong
Don’t angle the wheels too far back as it will put too much pressure on their shoulders.

Angle of the legs
Normally, the wheels are set straight up and down as shown on the black dog. Setting the wheels back slightly, like the tan and white dog, will offer a bit more stability for stronger, more active dogs, or dogs who are shifting their weight back toward their hindquarters.

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Use Snap Buttons to Adjust Length, Width, and Height

Small Snap Buttons

The Snap Buttons are an easy way to adjust the length, width, and height of the Walkin’ Wheels® dog wheelchair. Use an Allen key to push the Snap Button when it is inside the knuckle to make height adjustments.

Adjusting the Length

Note: If you have the Front Wheel Attachment, remove the extenders and skip here

The extenders are for length adjustments. The kit comes with one set. To adjust the extenders, depress the snap button and move to desired length. The left and right are reversible.

Is the Length Correct?

The end of the extenders should be positioned at the center of the dog’s shoulder blades. The extenders should be touching the neoprene pads on the front harness and not pulling outward.

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Adjusting the Width

Use the snap buttons on the width connector to adjust the wheelchair to the proper width. There should be at least ½” on each side of the hips. The width adjustment will be determined by the widest part of the dog which is usually the chest. The width connector that is attached to the frame is 9″ long and will extend to 14.5″. If you need additional width, call us to order the 13″ connector.

Adjusting the Width

Attaching the Struts and Wheels

You received your wheelchair with the correct size strut and wheel combination according to your dog’s fold of flank measurement. Insert the strut into the wheelchair leg and adjust to the height needed. If you need a different size wheel and strut, contact us.

Walkin' Wheels Large Strut and Wheel

Adjusting the Height

The correct height setting is based on both the height and the condition of the dog. If the dog has some use of his/her back legs, then use the snap buttons to adjust the height so the dog’s toe pads are on the ground and the dog can participate in the walking motion. If the back legs are very weak or paralyzed, and scraping or knuckling under, put the legs in the stirrups or protect them with Walkin’® Pet Boots.

Stirrups

Stirrups are optional for paws that are dragging or knuckling under. The stirrups attach to the back of the wheelchair on each silver metal loop (also called “eye pads”). The rubber tubes on the stirrups need to be above the dog’s hock. Use the push lock to adjust to a snug fit. The dog’s leg should be several inches off the ground. You can adjust the length of the cord by re-tying the knot.

If you use the stirrups, use both. Using only one stirrup causes the dog to feel unbalanced.

IMPORTANT: When taking the dog out of the wheelchair, make sure to release the stirrups FIRST.

stirrups

Rear Support Leg Rings

The Leg Rings support the dog’s hindquarters. They will take the weight off the legs while still allowing the dog to use its legs to maintain muscle mass. The Leg Rings should hang no lower than 3″ below the frame. This will create a supportive cradle.

When the dog is in the Leg Rings, the wheelchair knuckle should be at mid-hip level. The Leg Rings should look like two Cs, not two Vs, with the center connector holding them together.

Leg Rings

Clip the Leg Rings to the Wheelchair

The Leg Ring straps go over the frame, and the black plastic harness clips have a slot that fits over the Shoulder Socket screws. Put your thumb into the round circle and push upward to lock (you will hear it click into place). The round circle will face the ground. The dog’s legs go through each ring.

Leg Rings

To release, put your thumb in the circle and pull downward. Now, you can slowly lower your dog to the ground. The excess Velcro® Brand fastener strapping will cross over the dog’s back, or Velcro® Brand fastener together to form handles (see below).

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Leg Rings

The Velcro® Brand fastener closures center connector can be moved forward or backward to avoid putting pressure on the dog’s genitals (ideal for intact dogs). In addition, the Velcro® Brand fastener connector can be wrapped loosely so there is space between the rings. The Velcro® Brand fastener closures center connector MUST be used. Adjust for best comfort and fit.

Excess Velcro® Brand fastener closures

The rubber tubing can be cut shorter if needed (do not cut the strapping). Try cutting about a 1/2″ off all four ends of the rubber then adjusting the tri-glides on the straps to tighten them up.

Cutting the Leg Rings

Front Harness Attachment

Front Harness Attachment

Adjust the extenders so they reach the harness clips on the front harness. The extender ends will go through each D-Ring and then clip into the front harness. The D-Rings should be positioned just behind the shoulder blades.

Adjusting the Front Harness:

    • Take the three black comfort sleeves off the harness so you can make sizing adjustments.
    • Dog’s head goes between the black straps.
    • Red strap goes behind the front legs and clips into the side of harness.
    • Male prong clips point to the back.
    • All three straps should be snug.
    • Comfort sleeves can be cut for smaller dogs and excess straps tucked in. This material will not fray.

Changing Pocket Placement of D-Ring (optional)

Note: Unless advised to change pocket by a Walkin’ Pets customer service representative, keep the clip in middle pocket because the straps are adjustable. Needed: small Phillips screwdriver to remove (2) screws.
Before starting, observe which direction the prongs are facing on the D-Ring. They should always face rear end of dog.

Set Screws Back of Wheelchair
Step 1: Remove (2) screws from
Step 1: Remove (2) screws from

 

Step 2: Push out (B) top piece which holds (C) D-Ring
Step 2: Push out (B) top piece which holds (C) D-Ring
Step 3: Remove (A) bottom piece
Step 3: Remove (A) bottom piece from middle pocket and replace into desired pocket

 

Step 4: Connect D-Ring
Step 4: Connect (C) D-Ring to (B) top piece and slide into (A) bottom piece
Step 5: Replace screws (2) on opposite side of entry point
Step 5: Replace screws (2) on opposite side of entry point

Is the Wheelchair Adjusted Properly?

Check the items below to make sure the wheelchair is fitted properly. If you are still unsure about the fit, please email rear and side view photographs of your dog in the wheelchair by contacting us here, and we will evaluate the fitting. Make sure you include what name the wheelchair was ordered under and your phone or sales receipt number.

Is the Wheelchair Adjusted Properly

When the wheelchair is adjusted properly, the dog stands in a natural position. Here is what to check:

  1. Knuckles should be in line with the hips.
  2. Front harness D-Ring clips: clip into extenders behind shoulder blade. Back should be straight.
  3. Extenders parallel to the ground and do not extend past the front legs.
  4. Toe pads touching the ground, or
  5. Stirrup placed above hock.

Optional Set Screws for Noise Reduction

Using the set screws will tighten up your wheelchair and reduce any rattling noises. The set screws also keep the wheelchair tight after it has been adjusted for your dog. When you tighten up the wheelchair, the side arms, called extenders, will be able to move up and down as your pet turns corners. This is completely normal. The flexibility also allows for ease of movement on uneven terrain. There are six places to put the set screws using the Allen wrench. They are indicated below with red arrows.

Note: Make sure the set screws shown below are loosened or removed before making adjustments.

Optional Set Screws for Noise Reduction

Belly Belt, if Needed

Some animals will need additional support under their belly. You can tell the dog needs additional support if their spine bows downward. It is also helpful for overweight dogs or dogs with spinal or disc issues. One end of the belly belt has a tri-glide (rectangular with bar in the middle) attached and the other side has Velcro® Brand fastener strapping. Both sides have a rope with a push button adjuster.

  1. Take the side with the tri-glide and put the extender through the end of the loop.
  2. Take the rope and put inside the harness clip on the extender (B). Then, attach the front harness to the harness clip in order to secure the rope. This will keep the belly belt from sliding backwards. Now, adjust the belly belt so it is in the middle of the dog’s belly.
  3. Secure the other side over the extender and Velcro® Brand fastener closures to bottom of belly belt. The purpose of the belly belt is to provide support for your dog’s mid-section.
    If your dog needs more support, you can purchase the Walkin’ Belly Support Here.

Belly Belt, if Needed

Wheel Options

We offer two size wheels: 12″ and 16″

Air Filled (left) vs. Foam Filled (right)

Air Filled Tires and Foam Wheels

Foam Wheels: 12″ and 16″

  • Lightweight, high density foam material that offers a smooth ride
  • Wear extremely well and will never go flat
  • Made for all terrain
  • 12″ and 16″ wheels have ½” hub with bearings
  • True closed-cell technology/ no water absorption
  • Easy to clean

Air Tires Available in 12″ and 16″

  • Ideal for active dogs that do off-road hiking
  • Offer more shock absorbence
  • Similar to mountain bike tires with deep treads
  • Will need to replace tubes or wheels if punctured
  • Require 30 PSI air: use airpump at gas station
  • 12″ and 16″ wheels have ½” hub with bearings
  • Additional cost

This section is for assembling the Fully Supportive (Quad) wheelchair

Walkin’ Wheels® Front Wheel Attachment (additional cost)

The Walkin’ Wheels® Front Wheel Attachment gives mobility to dogs with front leg weakness or weakness in all four legs. It is ideal for helping disabled pets get exercise and for rehabilitation while they are healing.

Like the rest of the Walkin’ Wheels® products, the Front Wheel Attachment is adjustable so it will fit the Walkin’ Wheels® wheelchair for any size dog from 70 to 180 pounds and can be easily removed at any time.

Walkin' Wheels Front Wheel Attachment

In the Package

The Front Wheel Attachment is easy to assemble and snap into the wheelchair. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver. The package contains:

Walkin' Wheels Front Wheel Attachment

  1. Left and Right Extenders (2)
  2. Struts and Casters (2)
  3. Legs (2)
  4. Chin Bar & Extension pieces (3)
  5. Allen Key/Wrench (2)
  6. Front Bar Screws (2)
  7. Chin Bar Comfort Cover (1)
  8. Front Leg Rings (1 Pair)

IMPORTANT: The LEFT and RIGHT Struts and Casters (B) must match the LEFT and RIGHT Legs (C). If they are not installed correctly the wheelchair will be extremely wobbly. We refer to L and R as if dog is in the wheelchair.

Assembling Fully Supportive Wheelchair

Video instructions also available: hpets.net/sfav

Step 1: Attaching the legs (C) to the extenders (A)
The top of each leg is labeled with an L or an R. It is crucial that the legs are installed on the correct side. The extenders are not labeled L or R, but the shoulder socket screws face the outside. Attach the leg to the extender with (2) screws using the larger Allen key. The legs will be at a forward angle.

Attaching Leg Rings to Extender Attaching Leg Rings to Extender

Step 2: Length Extenders
Remove the existing Length Extenders from your rear Walkin’ Wheels® and snap in the left and right Front Extenders (A).

Side Extenders Side Extenders in Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair

Step 3: Insert the Strut and Caster Assembly (B) into the Leg (C)
These are marked with “L” and “R.” It is very important that they are installed on the correct sides.
Important: Notice the blue ledge on the Caster Connector. This needs to be facing outward in order for the Front Wheel Attachment to work properly.

ledge

Step 4: Adjust the Chin Bar (D)
Note: Use of the Chin Bar is optional. The Chin Bar adds stability and rigidity to the Front Wheel Attachment. It needs to approximately match the width of the back of the Walkin’ Wheels®. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the two screws on the Chin Bar and adjust it so that the width of the Chin Bar is approximately the same as the width of the back of the wheelchair. Insert screws to secure in place.

Chin Bar and Back of Rear Wheelchair

Chin Bar and Back of Rear Wheelchair

Attach the extension piece to the outside of the Chin Bar using the included screws and washers.

Chin Bar Threadsthumbscrew

Insert the Chin Bar into the openings at the front of the Left and Right Extenders using the thumbscrews. The Chin Bar is held on by the two Chin Bar Screws (F). Put the Chin Bar Comfort Cover (G) on the Chin Bar. Chin Bar is attached after the dog is in the wheelchair using the thumb screws through the metal extenders.

Leg Rings on Front Attachment

Step 5: Clip on the Front Leg Rings (H) the same way you attached the rear leg rings.

Putting Your Dog into the Fully Supportive (Quad) Wheelchair

After the fully supportive wheelchair is assembled, place your dog’s legs into each leg ring and cross extra strapping from leg rings over the body or Velcro® Brand fastener closures together to form handles (p.11).

Height: Set the height so that the dog’s toe pads are touching the ground. Extenders need to be parallel to the ground.

Length: Dog’s front leg should be centered between the two shoulder socket screws.

Width: Width is determined by the widest part of the dog (generally the dog’s chest). Allow at least an inch of space on both sides.

Leg Rings: The leg rings in the front generally need to be a bit lower than in the rear to accommodate the dog’s deeper chest. Adjust the leg rings accordingly.

Walkin' Wheels Quad Wheelchair

Optional Items and Accessories

Walkin Small Front Vest

Walkin’ Small Front Vest
This vest is designed for smaller breeds of dogs with a broad chest such as Dachshunds or Pugs. This wheelchair compatible vest is made of a durable neoprene material with Velcro enclosure on the belly and front of neck area.

Walkin Lift Harness

Walkin’ Lift Harness
The Walkin’® Lift Harness is used to support your dog’s hind quarters. This harness is compatible with the Walkin’ Wheels® wheelchair, and can be used instead of the Leg Rings. The clip-in handles are used with this harness.

Walkin Neoprene Front Harness

Neoprene Front Harness for Quad
The new Front Neoprene Harness is used to support the front legs of your dog. This harness is compatible with the Quad Walkin’ Wheels® wheelchair and can be used instead of the leg rings for extra support and comfort.

Walkin Amputee Cover

Amputee Cover
The amputee cover is for pets with a smooth amputation and works with the leg rings. The cover slips over the leg ring to close off one side for comfort.

Walkin Belly Support

Walkin’ Belly Support
The Walkin’® Belly Support helps provide additional support for your pet’s back while in the Walkin’ Wheels® wheelchair. Made of lightweight but strong neoprene fabric, the Belly Support helps raise the middle of the pet’s body to relieve undue stress on back.

Walkin' Drag Bag

Walkin’ Drag Bag
The Walkin’ Wheels® Drag Bag is designed for pets to use in the home when they are not in their chair. Great for protecting the chest and limbs. Prevents abrasions and sores that can be caused by scraping against carpets, floors, and rough surfaces.

Walkin Pet Boots

Walkin’ Pet Boots
High quality, stay-on boots keep dogs from tracking dirt, mud, or snow into the house. Helps pets that drag their paws and provides confidence on slippery surfaces like hardwood floors. Ideal for dogs with cuts, bruises, or sensitive paws.

Front No-Knuckling Training Sock 1

No-Knuckling Training Sock
The No-Knuckling Training Sock should be used as a temporary training tool. It is intended for short-term, multiple use to help correct gait and improve hind paw placement.

No-Knuckling Training Sock
The No-Knuckling Training Sock should be used as a temporary training tool. It is intended for short-term, multiple use to help correct gait and improve hind paw placement.