Evaluate Your Dog

This is an important first step towards helping your dog gain back some independence. We ask that you make an honest assessment of your dog’s overall health, and front leg strength.

  • First, overall health should be good. Is your dog eating?  Drinking? If there is any question concerning your dogs health, please check with your veterinarian.
  • Second, determine the front leg strength of your dog. Your dog doesn’t need outstanding front leg strength in order to use a rear support design, but he or she does need to be able to walk comfortably in the front while being supported in the rear.  A simple test for assessing front leg strength is the “towel test”. Use an old beach or bath towel to support your dog’s hind end. The towel can be placed directly in front of the rear leg(s) around the abdomen, or you can cut holes in the center of the towel for the rear leg(s). Walk along side your dog while supporting him or her. How did he or she do?  Is front leg strength questionable?
  • We will talk about the results of this “test” at the time of your order to determine which design will best fit your dog’s needs. Of course, if you have any questions before ordering, please feel free to call or email, and Sierra or myself will be able to help in any way we can.
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