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Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

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Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby ShilohsMom » Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:00 pm

I've been working on this for 3 days and I still can't get it right. This is what I keep getting:

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This is the fit:

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This is how I have the leg rings. They sag a little. It seems like the leg rings might be where the problem is. They're holding his legs at an abnormally wide spread. The only way I can get his leg spread somewhat normal is to let the leg rings sag even more, but they're supposed to be tight, not sagging.

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Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong that it's making my dog fall?
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby critters » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:49 am

Could your baby be choosing to flop like that? I've heard that some puppers, especially smaller ones, are able to lie down in carts.
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby Bobbie » Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:40 am

Try removing the under-chest "support" as this is only pulling down on the harness. Then make sure the front harness is adjusted right and on right- there is a video which shows it on a light-colored dog where you can clearly see it. Then try again. The saddle looks fine.
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby ShilohsMom » Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:19 pm

Thanks, critters and Bobbie. Bobbie, by under-chest support do you mean the piece on the front harness that goes around the chest or the belly support strap that's looped around the frame? Critters, no, he wasn't trying to lie down. He was trying to walk and kept falling like that.
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby nbregger » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:18 pm

Loosen up the leg rings 1" on all four sides. This will hold him in better. If he continues to do the downward dog thing in the front, he might need front leg support. (Front Wheel Attachment).
Otherwise, he might just be tired.
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby ShilohsMom » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:55 pm

Thanks nbregger. If I loosen up the leg rings, then they look like the picture that shows the incorrect way. That's the way I had it at first, and it seemed like he could walk better in it that way, but will the sagging leg rings not defeat the purpose of holding some of his weight up off his back legs?
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby nbregger » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:30 pm

The main reason for the leg rings to be tight, was because customers were letting them hang down 6-7". Then when the dog was in the cart, it was too low. The black knuckle should be directly over the dogs hip.
When setting up the wheelchair, the leg rings should hang 2" below the blue frame before the dog sits in it.
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby ShilohsMom » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:35 pm

Ok, thanks. Do I have the belly strap like it should be?
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby nbregger » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:41 am

The belly belt should be in the middle of the dogs belly. You can use the ropes tucked inside the side bar clips to prevent the belly belt from sliding backwards. See page 20 in the owners manual.
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby ShilohsMom » Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:29 pm

A month and a half later and he's still doing the downward dog. Everything fits correctly now. He's just not getting the hang of this at all. I might try the front wheel attachment and see if that helps.
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby nbregger » Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:06 pm

Loosen the leg rings a bit, then increase the height. You are very close to a perfect fitting!
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Re: Problems with wheelchair fit/what am I doing wrong?

Postby ShilohsMom » Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:53 pm

Thanks. I did loosen the leg rings, but I will try increasing the height too and see what happens. He's having vestibular symptoms today, so I can't do much with him until he's over this episode.
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