The Walkin’ Wheels Corgi Wheelchair is designed to support Corgis and other breeds with long torsos who are experiencing hind end weakness, mobility loss or rear leg paralysis. The fully adjustable Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair is ideal for both long-term use to keep dogs active and for short-term rehabilitative use during exercises.
What sets the Corgi Wheelchair apart is that the frame is 3.75 inches longer than the standard Small Wheelchair frame. The Corgi Wheelchair also has counterbalanced rear wheels, meaning that the wheels are angled slightly forward. Due to the weight distribution of the standard Corgi, the front-angled wheels will give this breed better balance and will help to prevent the back from dipping.
Please note, if fitting a long-torsoed breed that is not a Corgi into this wheelchair frame, you may need to follow the simple steps below to un-counterbalance the rear wheels.
- Designed to accommodate Corgis weighing 11 to 39 lbs.
- Fits Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi breeds
- Push Button Adjustability
- Fully adjustable in height, length, and width
- Corgi Wheelchair Available in: Blue, Pink, and Camo
- Wheelchair frame made of durable, lightweight extruded aluminum
- Improve mobility for pets during surgical or injury recovery
- Enhance physical therapy and strength training exercises
- Wheelchair can adapt as mobility loss progresses: front attachment can be added to convert into full support/4-wheel cart
Conditions that Benefit:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Slipped Disc
- Hip Dysplasia
- Hind end weakness
- Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
- Neurological Disorders
- Congenital abnormalities
- Surgical or Injury Recovery
- Physical therapy & strength training
How to Integrate Cart Time into Your Hospital’s Rehabilitation Protocols
Using a wheelchair with hospitalized, down patients is ideal. Wheelchairs allow a patient to stand upright instead of laying in lateral recumbency and can improve recovery times. Additionally, adding five to ten-minute cart walks into a patient’s treatment plan several times daily can improve a dog’s mental health as well save a technicians back.
Here are a few simple Walkin’ Wheels exercises to try:
Wheelchair Assisted Walking Exercises
Place the patient in their wheelchair to encourage walking during rehab sessions. During early sessions, begin with short, timed walks and slowly increase the duration over time. Most likely your patient has been inactive for an extended period of time, causing them to fatigue quickly. Its recommended to keep your first cart walk between 6-10 minutes. Complete wheelchair exercise 3-4 times daily based on patient’s condition and need.
Assisted Walking with Proprioception Training During Rehab
For patients with hind limb proprioceptive deficits, place the patient into their Walkin’ Wheels and try placing a No-Knuckling Training Sock on the affected limb or limbs and begin walking. This exercise will encourage proprioception training while the patient is fully supported. Walk for 5-10 minutes, 3-4 times daily based on patient strength. Session length may be increased at therapist’s discretion.
Assisted Walking with Strength Training
If the patient has gotten stronger but still needs moderate support for workouts, you can add leg weights to any limb that needs increased strength. It may be best to only apply one leg weight at a time, but it’s up to the therapist’s discretion how much weight and how long is appropriate based on the patient.
Rear Support Wheelchair with Therabands
Resistance Therabands may be used on the hind limbs to target specific muscle groups. You can attach Therabands to the struts of a patient’s Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair to add strength training to your their cart walks. Placing the bands for 5-10 minutes at a time during a walk twice daily is recommended, but timed may vary depending on the patient. Therabands can vary in resistance levels, so starting out with a low level and increasing based on patient needs is advised.
What’s In the Box?
- 1 Frame
- 1 set of 8″ Foam Wheels Attached to 6″or 9” Struts
- 1 Set of Extenders
- 2 Connectors (7″ installed + 10″)
- 1 Set of Leg Rings
- 1 Medium Front Harness
- 1 Medium Belly Belt
- 2 Stirrups
- 1 Instruction Manual
- 1 Tool kit
The frame is powder-coated aluminum and it is available in blue, camo, or pink. It will not bend, break, or rust. The black knuckles on each side of the frame hold the legs of the wheelchair to the frame, and can be adjusted to un-counterbalance the wheelchair. The wheels/struts insert into the leg and adjust to the proper height with push buttons. The knuckle has a high and low setting which can be adjusted with a Phillips head screwdriver.
The wheelchair will come with two width connectors (7″ and 10″). The 7” is already installed in the back of the wheelchair frame. If you need more width, the wheelchair comes equipped with a longer connector in the box.
The wheelchair will come with two extenders (side rails) installed, which determine the length of the frame. The tip of the extender should end in the middle of the dog’s front leg. It should not extend past the front leg.
The Front Harness
The neoprene side panels will be positioned at the shoulder blades. The red strap goes under the dog’s chest, behind the front legs. The blue strap goes over the top of the back. The comfort sleeves may be removed to make sizing adjustments. The excess strapping will be tucked into the comfort sleeves. If the comfort sleeves are too long, they may be cut in half.
Leg Rings 11″:
This is the support system for the dog’s hindquarters. The foam tubes are attached with a neoprene connector in the middle. Each end of the foam tube has a clip that locks into the frame. The dog’s legs will slide through each loop. Excess strapping crosses over the dog’s back or can be used as handles.
Wheels & Struts:
The wheel is attached to a metal piece called a “strut”. These particular wheels are 8 inches in diameter and are made with a durable, dense foam and sturdy rubber coating, which works well for all terrains. These wheels will not puncture, they wear extremely well, and they are easy to clean.
The belly belt will help support dogs with back injuries, disc issues, long backs, or obesity. The belt attaches to the wheelchair frame on each side and rests under the belly for mid-body support. It is not always necessary to use the belly belt. If your patients need extra back support, you may want to consider upgrading to the Walkin’ Belly Support.
Stirrups are to be used for patients with rear leg paralysis to hold the legs up off the ground and prevent them from dragging. The stirrups are positioned to hold the leg just above the hock joint. The stirrups do not need to be used with the wheelchair if the patient has movement in the hind legs.
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.
#1) Measure the Rear Leg Height to the toe pad, ideally while your patient is laying down, as shown below. Do not pull the leg tight; leave some natural bend.
|Rear Leg Height||Weight|
Using our SureFit® Calculator? Enter your patient’s Rear Leg Height, Weight and Breed to get the perfect wheelchair configuration for your pet.
Here are a variety of resources to help you assemble the Walkin’ Wheels, learn the best way to put a dog into it, and make adjustments to get the best fit:
Can pets pee and poop in the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair?
Yes, the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair is designed to help pets get the exercise they and do their business mess-free.
Can pets sit in a wheelchair?
No. Our wheelchair 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 wheelchair 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 with a dog in it.
Can pets use their Walkin’ Wheels inside the house?
Yes. The Walkin’ Wheels is designed to be used both indoors and outdoors. If a paralyzed pet needs an indoor mobility solution that can be used for extended periods of time, we recommend the Walkin’ Scooter.
Can dogs lie down in the wheelchair?
For many pets using a Mini Wheelchair or for short breeds like Corgis, it is okay to prop a large pillow or a dog bed underneath their front end for a rest 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.
Can pets use their rear legs in the wheelchair?
Absolutely– in fact, we encourage the use of rear legs in the wheelchair, so long as they are not paralyzed. The Walkin’ Wheels can help to maintain muscle mass and increase strength in injured or weakened rear legs. If the legs are paralyzed, we recommend the use of stirrups to prevent the back legs from dragging.
How do I determine the correct size wheelchair for my patient?
It only takes a few simple measurements to determine the correct size wheelchair for your patient. Watch the video below to see how:
Watch How to Measure Your Patient’s Rear Leg Height Video!
Is the wheelchair easy to transport?
This wheelchair can sit flat for easy transport, you will just need to remove the struts from the frame.
Will this wheelchair rehabilitate my patient?
Every case and disability is unique, and as such we have seen varying degrees of recovery for animals using the wheelchair. Some patients’ mobility has improved so much that they no longer require a wheelchair, others will need to continue long-term use of the wheelchair. The wheelchair is a great addition to physical therapy sessions.
What is the return policy?
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. If you feel the wheelchair is not for your patient, we can set up a return for you within 30 days of when your wheelchair arrives. Please note that wheelchairs returned without an authorization will not receive credit. Please click here for full return policy.
Can my patient still use their back legs with this wheelchair?
Yes, this will help them to develop muscle tone 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.
How do I get my patient used to their new wheelchair?
This is a great question. Over the past 20 years, we’ve determined how to best get a pet acquainted with their wheelchair. Just click here.
What should I do if my patient has a very long spine and would benefit from the length of this specialty wheelchair, but it is not a Corgi?
We have fit other long, stocky breeds (Basset Hounds, Beagles, etc) into the Corgi Wheelchair, so this is not a problem! We do, however, recommend that you reposition the rear frame legs for a better weight distribution in non-Corgi breeds. You can follow the instructions here to complete this adjustment: