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8 Ways to Help Your Dog Stand

Difficulty standing is often the first sign of mobility loss in aging pets. As dog’s age they begin to lose muscle mass and the strength needed to get up off the ground as easily as they once could. It’s easy to miss the signs that your dog’s mobility is changes.

How to Spot the Early Signs of Pet Mobility Loss

Mobility loss doesn’t always mean sudden paralysis. Your pet’s mobility changes overtime and can occur gradually. Here a few early signs that your pet’s mobility needs might be changing:

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Difficulty Standing – Senior pets may lift themselves off the ground slower than the once could and even struggle to stand up after laying down for a while. Dog’s at this stage may need a little help getting off the ground or may need added support. A simple rear support leash can give your pet the boost they need to stand up.

Sudden Loss of Balance – Another early sign of mobility changes. Older dogs may sway or stumble suddenly when standing or going to the bathroom. This may only happen occasionally, but over time it’s likely that their balance troubles will worsen.

Needing Help on the Stairs – Reluctance to use the stairs may mean your dog needs your help. Aching joints, muscle loss, or weakening strength can make stairs a challenge for older pets. They may need extra support and your guidance to safely and confidently navigate stairs.

Difficulty Getting In & Out of the Car – Jumping in and out of your car was never a problem, but suddenly your dog seems scared to try on their own. Loss of rear leg strength can impact a dog’s ability to jump and conditions like arthritis may make it painful for a dog to handle the impact of landing on their feet.

8 Ways to Help Your Dog Stand

Mobility challenges can occur from many causes such as arthritis, Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), age, and injury. Not only can this be hard for the dog, but it can also take a toll on a caretaker’s back. The use of harnesses and slings can ease the strain for pet owners, while giving dogs the rear support they need.

1. Midsection Support

Support sling to help dogs stand

The a support sling allows you to give your pet a little support while protecting your back from unnecessary strain. A support sling provides gentle, midbody support that is easier than using a towel, and more comfortable for your dog.

When a dog starts to lose mobility in their rear legs, owners often use a towel to lift and assist. This sling offers comfortable assistance for pets recovering post-surgery or after an injury.

Providing dogs with light support to help them get around. The sling wraps around the center of your dog’s body for balanced support in the center of your dog’s body.

2. Quick and Easy Assistance to Help Your Dog Stand

Up-n-Go Rear Support Leash to help dogs stand up

Inability to stand up is often the earliest sign that a senior dog’s mobility is changing. Weak hind legs makes pushing up off the floor a struggle as older pets begin to lose leg strength.

The Walkin’ Up-n-Go Rear Support Leash is a fast solution to help your dog stand from a laying down position. Easily slip the leash on your dog while they are lying down to give them a boost up. And the leash can be removed easily if support is no longer needed.

The rear support leash is easy to use and helpful for quick bathroom breaks. Giving dogs a lift on their rear and help pets who are unstable on their legs or struggling to maintain their balance. This leash is ideal for assisting dogs on the stairs.

Also, the perfect solution for pets recovering from ACL or knee injuries that require temporary support.

3. Sturdy Rear Support

large dog uses rear support harness for back legs

The Warrior Rear Harness supports your dog’s hind end, and can also be used instead of the Leg Rings in the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair to create a more comfortable seat.

This harness allows a more heavy-duty lift for the dog. Making it easy for pet parents to support their pet’s hind end while on daily walks or giving them an extra boost to hop into the car.

When walking, the handles should stay above the dog’s rump, not behind, for the most efficient lift. When the dog is resting, the harness should be removed as it will not stay on easily without tension. Designed to fit almost any size dog, the Warrior Rear harness helps dogs whether in or out of their wheelchair.

4. Total Body Support

Lift-n-Step harness to support dogs with balance issues

The Lift-n-Step Harness provides complete body support for pet’s needing balanced support for the whole body.

The perfect harness solution for dogs who need your support on the stairs, getting in and out of a vehicle or even a quick walk outside. The Lift-n-Step Harness also works on rear amputee and tripod dogs who need extra support to walk or maintain their balance, especially dog’s still adjusting to life on three legs.

This harness is comfortable and features an adjustable carrying strap to help save your back from strain. Pets recovering from a stroke or knee surgery benefit from a harness that proves support to their entire body that avoids areas of pain or healing sutures.

5. Progressive Harness – Rear Lift

The Buddy Up Rear provides heavy-duty lifting support for the back end of your dog, while saving your back. A durable harness with leg ring support, this solution can be built upon if your dog’s condition progresses.

6. Complete Lifting Support – Ideal for Large Breed Dogs

The Buddy Up Harness provides heavy-duty lifting support for the front and back end of your dog. This system is full-body support for your dog. The front and rear harnesses attach to each other with sturdy clips. Ideal for dogs with poor mobility, or for dogs recovering from surgery or injury.

7. Independent Activity

As your dog’s mobility needs change, they need a lifting harness that adapts with them. Both the front and rear combo harness can attach to a Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair. Making it easier to position your dog into the wheelchair, as well as proving them with a comfortable harness. Adding the use of a rear dog wheelchair allows your dog to exercise, run and play on their own!

8. Adaptability for Progressive & Degenerative Conditions

Many conditions that affect a dog’s mobility are degenerative in nature. As the disease progresses from their hind end into their front legs, they need a support system that changes with them. The clips of the Front Combo Harness can be replaced with clips that are compatible with a Full Support wheelchair.

The support of a dog lift harness can help your dog to stand and walk with your assistance. A dog support harness helps to keep your pet active and mobile for longer which helps to keep your dog healthier.


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  1. Hi our small dog is going to be having her patella done on both legs so we need something that will help support her in the early days after her op

    • For a patella operation I would recommend a support sling the wraps around the center of her body for support. Please call us at 888-253-0777, we’re happy to help you find the right harness for her as she heals.

  2. My dog is 14 years old and is having trouble standing. He walks a couple of steps and then falls down. What can I use to help him walk o his own

    • Hi Yvonne, It sounds like it might be time to consider a dog wheelchair. A rear wheelchair will support his back legs, allowing him to stand and walk on his own. If you have any questions, please call us at 888-253-0777

  3. Hi, my dog has an autoimmune disease which is causing him to not be able to walk and is falling over. We have to carry him outside to do his business and as he’s gained weight on the prednisone it’s getting harder and harder to carry him. Any suggestions on slings or harnesses that might help as I’d hate to drop him while carrying him and my back can’t handle the weight. Any info would be appreciated.

    • Hi Cheryle – there are so many different types of slings and harnesses available, where does your dog need the support most, in the front, rear, or the whole body? Give us a call at 888-253-0777 and we can help you find the harness that would work best for your pup.

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