How To Make A Dog Wheelchair For Back Legs (Explained!)

To make a perfect dog wheelchair for back legs, you will need the following ingredients:

  • The full dimensions (height, width, and length) of your dog
  • 5 AL tubes shaped according to the dimensions of your dog
  • 6 bike flashlight mounts
  • Screws
  • Driller
  • Sponge tube
  • 2 wheels
  • Plastic cap from an AL tube
  • Velcro

Keep in mind that the ingredients listed above are based on the needs of a dog of average height and weight. If your dog is smaller, you may need to downsize the list. If your dog is larger, you may need to include more of them. Measure your dog fully so that you can get an accurate feel for their needs based on their dimensions.

Step 1: Measure Your Dog’s Dimensions

The first thing you will need to do is gather full measurements of all of your dog’s dimensions. These commonly include height, width, and length. As you do so, make sure to also pay attention to the radius of the rounded AL tubes that you will use for the chair. These need to be fitted exactly to the dimensions of your dog.

Step 2: Cut and Bend the AL Tubes

Your next step will be to cut and bend the AL tubes. Do so according to the blueprint you have created by taking the full measurements (height, width, and length) of your dog. You can do the work yourself or have it done for you by an expert.

Step 3: Drill Holes in the Tube

After you have bent all of your AL tubes, drill holes in them. These holes should be in both the front and rear of the tube. The idea is to make sure that you have a through way that extends from the front straight to the rear.

Step 4: Attach the Screws and Bike Flashlight Mount

Your next step will be to use the screws and bike flashlight mount to assemble your wheelchair. Note that the flashlight mount has a small piece of rubber. This bit will add friction to the tube that will help to tighten it. The more flashlight mounts you use on the chair, the stronger it will be. This is why we recommend 6 for the job.

Step 5: Attach the Adjustable Front Handle

Drill holes in a small metal tube. These holes will allow you to adjust the tube to fit the precise length of your dog. Use a plastic cap to top off the tube in order to complete it. This will ensure that the tube is snugly fitted into the structure. At the same time, it will also allow you to adjust the front handle as necessary.

Step 6: Use Sponge Loops to Hold the Chair in Place

The last step will be to make use of your sponge loops in order to hold the chair safely in place. Use strips of Velcro to place through the sponge tubes. The idea is to place them at the very back of the wheelchair to tighten that end up. This will be the area where your dog can fit their legs in.

You may need to adjust the strips of Velcro to make sure that the tight is fit and your dog is fully safe and comfy. You can also use extra Velcro or tape to make it tighter for this purpose. At this point, your new wheelchair should be strong enough for your dog to make use of. Let them get in and take it out for a test drive.

Adjustments Needed for Large Dogs

There may be a number of adjustments that you will need to make in order to accommodate your large dog. These special adjustments can be listed below.

Perhaps the most obvious adjustment that will need to be made for a large dog is to make sure that you take their measurements correctly. A wheelchair for a larger dog will obviously need bigger parts than one that is built for the needs of small dogs. Make sure that the measurements you take are accurate in order to size them correctly.

It may also be wise to add quite a few more bike flashlight mounts to a wheelchair that is being built to fit a much larger dog. This is because the surface of the chair will be larger.

You will certainly want the wheelchair to be built in the sturdies possible fashion because it has to support the weight of a larger and heavier dog. You also want it to be more visible to oncoming vehicles during the times that your dog uses the wheelchair in an outdoor setting.

Dog Wheelchair Parts

The most commonly used parts for dog wheelchairs will include the following items:

  • 5 AL tubes shaped according to the dimensions of your dog
  • 6 bike flashlight mounts
  • Screws
  • Driller
  • Sponge tube
  • 2 wheels
  • Plastic cap from an AL tube
  • Velcro

You can make substitutions as needed as long as they don’t interfere with the integrity of the basic design. This may prove necessary if you are building a wheelchair for a larger dog as opposed to a smaller breed. The number of basic ingredients may need to be larger in order to fit the needs of a bigger breed.

For example, if your dog is a larger breed, you may need to upgrade the size of certain parts. This can be done by taking measurements of your dog. Doing so will give you the full dimensions you need to upsize the wheelchair for your dog. It will also ensure that the resulting chair is more able to handle their extra height and weight.