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    My husband is a T4 injury and has been playing around with different ways to get back in to walking our dog. He's having trouble finding a good place to put the leash, so that he can wheel himself and also be able to get to the leash quickly if need be. Right now, he attaches the leash to his chair (near the push handles in the back) with a "mommy hook" that we took off our daughter's stroller. It works well enough, but doesn't feel totally secure. Any suggestions?

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    I have same problem and just bought some Velcro on eBay. I put it around the handle on the retractable leash and then around the tubing on front of chAir I have a strap that ... Never mind. I will snap pic later and show you lol
    "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

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    • #3
      Originally posted by acleyba View Post
      My husband is a T4 injury and has been playing around with different ways to get back in to walking our dog. He's having trouble finding a good place to put the leash, so that he can wheel himself and also be able to get to the leash quickly if need be. Right now, he attaches the leash to his chair (near the push handles in the back) with a "mommy hook" that we took off our daughter's stroller. It works well enough, but doesn't feel totally secure. Any suggestions?
      Well my suggestion won't help you secure the leash to the wheelchair, investing in a gentle leader, if you do not already use one, will give much more control to your husband. It can take a little while for the dog to get used to it but once he does he will tug a lot less and his tugs will be minor. Hope that helps!
      C5 injury with partial C6 function on left.

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      • #4
        I don't know if your husband has one, but I have a loop on the front of my seat cushion, used to easily pull the cushion off when disassembling it. When I take my dog out, I attach the leash to that loop using a carabiner. That way she is attached to the front and center of my chair, making it more difficult for her to flip me over. I hope this helps.

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        • #5
          Pic of strap and velcro

          I use a retractable as if not, the leash just under my wheels..I just untie the vlecro and loop the leash handle into it..works good so far!
          "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

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          • #6
            i put a belt through the leash handle then arond my waist works great

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            • #7
              I have a 3/8 hole drilled in the seat pan(crotch area) with a quick hook. I have a bigger dog and that keeps him from tipping me in a "cat moment" Also helps to keep leash from getting wrapped around wheels .I have a friend whose dog will pull him around the 'hood in his manual chair.

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              • #8
                Hope you don't have a runner, becuase I've been flipped by my dog attaching him to my chair. Walking in a rural area and some turkey came from nowhere, another time it was just a phantom squirrel. He's getting better though.
                I have been struggling with this a while and just walk him with something slipped over my wrist, the dog has adjusted. I also use the retractable and wear a glove that holds it more securely. This way my hand is just stuck in there and I grip the chair same way as if I was pushing with a tennis racket. Obviously I have good grip though, even though small hands makes it hard.
                I just caution anyone hooking the leash to their chair because if you flip the dog is taking the chair with him.
                Perhaps we need to invent a better handle on the retractable leashes. I hope someone has a good solution.
                Last edited by addiesue; 02-17-2012, 09:41 PM.
                If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.


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                • #9
                  I use a retractable leash, and hook it to the frame with a 4" snap link - I think that I got it at the Dollar Store. Fortunately our dog is a Chihuahua, and can't tip the chair over
                  Don - Grad Student Emeritus
                  T3 ASIA A 26 years post injury

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                  • #10
                    Didnt read all the replies yet... But how about a euro leash over the shoulder? Thats what I do. You can get an extra long one. If you're interested in one and can't find the right length you want let me know.
                    Board Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project working in Education. Feel free to ask me any service dog questions!

                    I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

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                    • #11
                      For the wheelchair user, it is so much easier to have your dog walk you than you walk the dog, but if you insist, you might try an "elastic necklace" and attach the leash to that. I have pics on Facebook Wheelchair Mushing. The elastic necklace allows the dog to pull a little without it pulling you over (the elastic stretches). The leash is always right there available for you to grab and give it a yank if your dog pulls too hard.

                      Much more fun to have your dog pull you. And really not that hard.
                      TM 2004 T12 incomplete

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for all the great ideas. We're going to try a few this weekend. We do have a gentle leader for her, and that helps a bit with control (And when she sees the squirrels), but she is on the big side. She's a Siberian Husky and weighs about 40 pounds (so she'd be perfect for mushing Zen12!).

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                        • #13
                          acleyba

                          Here is a picture of my dog & I and the electric scooter I used to walk my dog before I began having her pull me. I have a board shaped like an upside down L attached to the back of the seat. I attached the dog's leash to the L. This keeps the leash high up and the dog doesn't have any chance to step over the leash (always a problem if that happens). I had the dog on my right since I sometimes had to ride on the road and I wanted her away from traffic. Since my right hand was used on the scooter's accelerator, I had no way to "correct" the dog other than speed up (if she was doing something not ok). The habits that Sky developed on the walk were invaluable when training her to pull me. Your husband might find walking the dog with a scooter a little easier than with a wheelchair.
                          TM 2004 T12 incomplete

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                          • #14
                            I use either a 4 foot lightweight nylon leash which I hold (most of the time) in both hands, or a 6 foot European lead that goes over my right shoulder, held lightly in my left hand. The dog heels next to my left wheel. The dog also wears a short traffic lead so that I can grab him quickly if necessary. It takes some practice to held the leash and push at the same time, but becomes second nature after a while.

                            If your dog already heels and walks well on a loose leash, it doesn't take long to teach him to be comfortable with the leash movement from pushing. If he doesn't heel and walk well on a loose leash...then you've got a problem.

                            Edited to add: and by "problem", I mean "training opportunity" :-).
                            Last edited by Katja; 03-21-2012, 09:31 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Used on a Dog Sled

                              What they use on dog sleds (in the snow) is panic snaps.



                              Where to buy:
                              http://www.strapworks.com/Metal_Panic_Snaps_p/mps.htm




                              Where to buy:
                              http://teskeys.com/stainless-steel-p...wivel-eye.html

                              I kind of like the Velcro loop idea (sherocksandsherolls) if your dog is not of the "KILLER RUN" type and the loop is easy to release.

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