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Wheelchair Dog-Walker

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Abstract

Individuals that are dependent on a wheelchair for mobility often have trouble walking their dogs. The goal of this project was to create an easily removable wheelchair attachment to facilitate dog walking. The Wheelchair Dog Walker (WDW) device consists of two hinged, rigid Dog Guides that extend from metal pipes mounted underneath the wheelchair’s armrests. The leashes thread through the Dog Guides and run alongside the chair, terminating at Leash Locks attached near the wheelchair’s handles. The WDW restricts the dogs’ movements to the sides of the wheelchair, allowing the user to walk their dogs while minimizing entanglement issues. Empirical testing proved the device does not have a risk of tipping the wheelchair. The device gives the wheelchair user the ability to walk two dogs without holding the leashes, and prevents the dogs from tangling with each other or getting in the way of the wheelchair.

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