The steps for making a front support dog wheelchair have been covered very fully in this handy video. For your convenience, we can also outline them here in the following manner:
Step 1: Measure Your Dog’s Chest
You will need to measure the full circumference of your dog’s chest. Next, measure the length of their rib cage. These are the measurements that will allow you to shape the basic design of the main frame.
Your next measurement should the width of the nubs on your dog’s chest. This will allow you to choose the width of the cutouts that allow their nubs to safely poke through.
Step 2: Get Your Dog’s Height Measurement
To get your dog’s proper height measurement, stand them up straight. The legs, back, and chest should be upright in a natural position. You need to get this measurement absolutely right because it will affect how you design the fork of your wheelchair. The adjustment of the fork will be key to providing stability for the device.
Step 3: Make Sure You Have All of the Right Parts
There are a number of sources on the web that you can go to in order to find all of the parts you will need to make your front support dog wheelchair. Make sure that you have all of the proper parts ready to assemble when you get started on this project.
Most front support dog wheelchairs recipes will tend to use some variation on the following parts:
- Aluminum tube cut to the dimensions of your dog’s height and width
- Six Bike flashlight mounts
- Sponge tube
- Electric drill
- Two wheels
- AL tube plastic cap
Step 4: Cut the Tube According to Your Dog’s Dimensions
After you have measured the dimensions of your dog, you can cut the aluminum tube to fit them. You can buy the tube and cut it yourself or have it professionally done on your behalf.
Step 5: Drill Holes in the Tube
After you bend the tubs, drill holes in them for the various parts of the wheelchair to fit together. This will be further outlined in the video linked to above.
Step 6: Assemble the Wheelchair
You can now put the screws into the bicycle flashlight mount in order to assemble the wheelchair. The mount will have a piece of rubber that comes with it. This rubber can be used in order to provide friction to the tube. This will tighten it up. The more flashlight mounts you employ, the stronger the wheelchair will be.
Step 7: Create the Adjustable Front Handle
Drill some holes in the tube you are using for the front handle. These will allow you to adjust it to fit the length of your dog. Get some plastic to cap off the aluminum tube with.
Step 8: Complete the Chair
The last step will be to put Velcro through the sponge tube. Place it tightly at the back of the wheelchair. This allow your dog’s hind legs to fit comfortably inside. Adjust the tube until your dog is completely comfortable. At this point, give the wheelchair a test. It should hold up perfectly.
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How Do I Get My Dog Used To A Front Support Wheelchair?
Many owners fret over whether or not they can get their dog to be completely comfy while using a wheelchair. But, as it turns out, there is no call whatsoever to be concerned. Your dog will naturally want to run, frolic, and play. Once they discover they can do this in a wheelchair, they will be unstoppable.
The main thing you will need to do is make sure that the chair you have made is perfectly sized for their needs. Once you place your dog in the chair, watch how they react. You want to verify that they can sit in the chair comfortably while moving their legs with no restrictions. As long as this is the case, they will be fine.
Give your dog some time to learn how to use the chair. They will need to take a few practice spins to get used to it. Steering and stopping in the right place will take some time to master. Let your dog take all the time they need to master these simple operations.
It may take your dog a few moments to realize that they are now able to run again. Give your dog all of the encouragement that they need to get started. Reward them with plenty of hugs, pets, and treats.
Can A Dog Poop And Pee In A Front Support Wheelchair?
One of the biggest fears that you may have about placing your dog in a wheelchair will concern whether or not they can eliminate pee and poop in a safe manner. But the fact is that the dog wheelchair is designed in such a manner as to allow them to do this very comfortably and safely. You should have no problems whatsoever in this regard.
The way it works is very simple and ingenious. Your dog will not need to squat in the normal manner. Instead, they will simply spread their hind legs. At this point, the urine and feces that they eliminate will fall straight on to the ground. This means that it will completely miss the supporting frame of the wheelchair altogether.
You’ll still have to clean up the mess with a poop bag. But you won’t have to worry about having to wipe down the supporting back of the chair every time your pup does its business. It’s a safe and hygienic solution to the age old problem of cleaning up after your dog. The fact that they are in a wheelchair won’t make any difference.