"Six Tips For Canine Wheel Cart Success"

Updated: Oct 17, 2020

Eleven years ago, my senior German Shepherd, Woody, who had Degenerative Myelopathy, got a much-needed wheel cart.....and he hated it. 😕 It was a dreary Friday evening in mid-October when my husband and I drove two hours one way after work just to secure the wheel cart for him. I remember sitting in the truck thinking how desperate I was for Woody to take to the wheel cart, but unfortunately, he didn't. In fact, every time I put him in that cart, he wouldn't budge....and I mean wouldn't budge. Woody was a stubborn old furry boy, to say the least, and no matter how much or how hard we tried to get him to adapt to that wheel cart, Woody was like, "No way. No how...it's not happening!" Looking back, I can see that he was too far gone for something like that, but I had to try.

Since Woody, we've had the need for a wheel cart here at the sanctuary several times over. In fact, Jared, a 10-year-old German Shepherd sanctuary resident with Degenerative Myelopathy, has been in a wheel cart for just about two months now and, I'm happy to say that he has taken to it very well. When Jared is in his wheel cart he cruses all over the sanctuary grounds with ease just like he did before being debilitated by Degenerative Myelopathy.

That's great news for him (and my back), but like Woody, not all dogs take to a wheel cart right way, if at all. Some dogs are scared of it and others might not have the strength to use it because they are too weak. Quite honestly, in my experience, if they are too weak there's no point in getting a wheel cart for them because it could do more harm than good. However, if the dog has the physical strength to get around in a wheel cart, there are a few things you, as a dog parent, can do to help your dog gain his mobility back by using a wheel cart.

Here are six tips to canine wheel cart success:

1) Make sure the cart is the appro