Just because you have to use a mobility scooter doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy spending some
quality time walking your dog. You might just need to adjust your technique a little, to make sure
that both you and your dog are comfortable. Let’s look at some tips you can use to do this.
Getting Dogs Used to the Scooter
The first thing that you need to do is get the dog used to being around the scooter. This can be
difficult if it is a relatively new addition to your life. There are a few ways that you can do this,
depending on how the dog reacts.
You want to make this introduction slowly. Many dogs will be nervous the first time that they
encounter a scooter or a wheelchair. Remember, they don’t know what it is, so they aren’t sure
whether it’s a threat to them or their human family. Because of this, you might want to put the dog
on the lead, so they don’t try to attack the scooter.
Get them used to the scooter without anyone using it. This will allow them to see what they are and
see that it doesn’t represent a threat. Once they are used to the inanimate object, you can start to
move it around.
If they are nervous, you need to focus on getting them comfortable coming close to the scooter. You
will often need to offer them treats to encourage them to get next to the scooter. Give them plenty
of pats and verbal encouragement.
It might take a few sessions for the dogs to get used to the scooter. If they are still having issues
after a few weeks, you might want to consider taking them to obedience school and getting the
instructor’s help. This article has more tips on how you can get your dog used to a wheelchair or
Get the Right Leash
The first thing that you need to do is get the right leash. There are a few things to consider when
choosing this leash. First, you’ll need to find a way of fitting it onto your scooter. Often, this will
mean attaching the leash to a rod or bar on the device. This ensures that you will have your hands
free to drive the scooter. You might want to turn to a bicycle leash.
It’s also important to consider the design. You want something that will stay free of tangles. This
ensures that you don’t need to keep stopping and trying to untangle the rope.
You’ll also need to consider how long the leash will need to be. This will often depend on the size of
the dog. You’ll want to give them enough rope so they can go off and explore. But you don’t want to
give them too much, otherwise, they might walk onto a road. In most cases, you’ll need to give them
between four to six feet.
It might also be a good idea to get one that has a quick-release leash. In this case, if the dog is
starting to run or pull on the lead, you’ll be able to let them go. This ensures that they won’t
accidentally you over with them.
If you have smaller dogs, you can train them to stand on the footplate. This will make it easier for
you to put on their leads and help them get ready for their walk.
Finding the Right Pace
One of the most important elements to focus on is finding the right pace for your walks. You don’t
want the dog to be lunging and pulling on the lead. This can often cause a scooter to tip off balance.
You don’t want to risk falling out. You also want to think about where the dog is walking. Ideally,
they should be walking right beside you.
It might be best to start your training in the garden. You just want to get your dog used to walking
alongside you. When you first start walking in public, try to stick to quieter areas. This will allow you
to both get used to the pace and walking behavior. When you are confident, you can start taking
them into busier zones.
As you are on your walks, you should pay attention to the behavior of the dog. This will give you cues
on what speed you should be walking. For example, it’s common for dogs to come across an
interesting scent. In this case, they will want to stop and check it out.
Getting Them Used to Walk Alongside You
Your dog must be keeping a safe distance from the scooter. You don’t want to accidentally hit them
with your wheels.
A good way to do this is by using stick training. In this case, you will need to attach a tennis ball to
the front of the stick. Then, as you are moving, get the dog to touch the stick with its note. If they
do this, give them a treat and positive reinforcement. Over time, you can move the stick further
out. It should be in the ideal walking position. Eventually, the dog will automatically assume this
position without needing any guidance from you.
At first, it’s best to start by getting them to walk in a straight line. Over time, though, you’ll be able
to add in curves, obstacles, and other people. This article has some more tips on how you can
prepare your dog to walk alongside you.
Choosing a Good Route
Getting the right route is even more important when you are using a scooter. You need to find paths
that are well-maintained and reasonably flat. This will ensure that you can get around them on your
scooter. If you are in doubt, you can ask a friend to walk it for you first. They’ll be able to tell you
about any issues, like cracked pavements. Knowing about these problems in advance will make going
on your walk a lot easier.
If you are going on off-road tracks, you should be aware of the weather conditions. For example,
some tracks will get muddy after the rain. This can make them impassable for those on scooters.
You’ll also want to think about the number of other people and dogs that you will encounter. Most
dogs will want to strain on the leash to say hello. Because of this, if you live in a busy area, you’ll
need to do a little extra training to make sure that your dog is prepared for these circumstances.
If there are any narrow areas, you’ll need to find a place for them to go, so they aren’t in people’s
way. If you have a smaller dog, you might want to train them to come on the footplate. If they are
too big for that, you can train them to sit next to you while people pass.
Walking at Night
If you are planning on going for a night walk, there are a few extra precautions that you should
consider. First, you’ll need to make sure that you can see where you are going. Most scooters will
come with a light. But you might also want to consider carrying a torch.
You’ll also need to make sure that your dogs are clearly visible. You can do this by putting small LED
lights on their collars. This will allow you to keep track of them and give people notice that they are
Get a Lightweight Scooter
There has been plenty of focus on how to train your dog. But you should also consider the type of
scooter you are using. It’s best to get something that you can fold up. This will make it easier to store
in your car. This will make you more mobile, giving you lots of new walking areas to explore. For
example, you can take your dogs to local parks or off-leash areas.
There are a few things to consider when choosing the scooter. For example, you’ll need to consider
the materials and comfort of the seats. You should also look at the ground clearance, especially if
you are heading on off-road tracks. It’s also important to take your battery range into account when
choosing the route. You don’t want to run out of battery during the middle of your walk. Next, you’ll
need to consider the top speed, so you can keep up with active dogs. If you want more information,
check out this folding mobility scooter guide.
Taking your dog for a walk can be a great way of lifting your spirits while keeping them fit and
healthy. Just because you have a mobility scooter doesn’t mean that it will be impossible to take
them for a walk yourself. You’ll just need to do a little extra training and you might need to alter
your technique a little. Hopefully, these tips will give you the confidence you need to head outside
with your pooch.