Part 1) Detachable Leash:
One end of the Detachable Leash has a regular leash snap to attach to the dog’s collar or harness. The other end is made to connect to the chair attachment you choose. Price includes the standard wheelchair attachment.
The leash can be made in your choice of material, color, width, and length. The secret to a safe Wheelchair Leash is selecting the right length! Please measure for the length you’ll need. The listed leash length is the overall size of the leash when attached to the wheelchair, which includes the chair attachment. It is adjustable by several inches and can be fine-tuned once attached to the wheelchair and the dog. (Initial adjustment may require a helper.)
Part 2) Chair Attachment:
The CHAIR ATTACHMENT mounts to the wheelchair. Easy to install on any part of the chair’s frame, tubing or armrest with a sturdy Velcro wrap. Chair attachments include a swivel to prevent tangling and can be made in either of the two styles, explained below. Chrome/silver hardware is standard.
Standard Quick-Release buckle (standard QR) is a metal side-release buckle – just pinch the sides of the buckle to release. The male end of the buckle is on the chair attachment. Brass/gold hardware is available by request (Note: swivel is only available in silver)
Shackle Snap (add $15), is a sturdy and secure panic snap that releases instantly by pulling the tab, even under load. The stainless steel shackle is on the chair attachment. The leash will be made with an O-ring to clip into the shackle. Shackle option requires more dexterity to attach the leash than the standard option, however, it releases in an instant by a hard tug on the release tab. Some clients choose this option if an assistant helps with leashing up the dog.
Part 3) Optional Separate Handle and/or Belt Loop:
12” Traffic Lead Handle. ($20) To use as an ordinary leash when detached from the wheelchair, simply add a 12” Traffic Lead Handle. The handle is a simple loop with a leash snap that clips onto the ring included at the end of the detachable leash. Handle will be made to match the color and width of the leash.
Belt Loop Attachment. ($15-25) If you wish to be able to wear the leash hands-free while standing or walking, the Belt Loop allows you to connect the leash to your belt.
Measuring instructions for Quick-Release WC Leash:
- Determine where you want the leash to attach to the wheelchair. Choose a location that is within reach of the user and that is structurally sound so not to damage or interfere with any part of the mobility device.
- Attach an ordinary old leash on the dog’s collar or harness.
- Hold the leash or loosely wrap the leash around the determined attachment point on the wheelchair, at a length that is comfortable for the dog to stand, walk, and sit next to the wheelchair.
- Be sure the leash is short enough to prevent the lead from becoming trapped in the wheels and/or motor, yet long just enough for the dog to comfortably get behind or in front of the chair to go through a doorway and common tasks.
- Measure the old leash from the attachment point on the wheelchair to the dog’s collar or harness.
- Select the leash length that best fits your measurement. If borderline, select the larger size.
We use only the highest quality hardware—most of our hardware is stainless steel or solid brass for durability and longevity. Stainless steel bolt snaps and chrome finished hardware are standard on all of our wheelchair leashes. Other leash snaps are available by special request, or a Fastener-Free Collar may be built in. Please know the swivel on the Wheelchair Attachment is always silver.
Our leathers are incredibly durable, yet flexible. They feel great in your hands and if well-conditioned and maintained they simply get better and more supple with age. Leather will be either braided or fastened with screw posts, depending on the width you choose.
Our Golden TAN BRIDLE Leather is 100% American vegetable tanned leather, hand-oiled to bring out the golden tones and softness. The color will darken to a chestnut brown with use and age. Silver finish hardware is standard on this product.
Our lovely BLACK LATIGO is solid black, and superior to ordinary leashes in texture and quality, cut from select USA hides. Our black leather is thick and sturdy for a super strong leash.
Brahma Soft-Grip—a vegan leather alternative:
Brahma Soft-Grip is constructed with webbing on the inside and a durable, non-tacky PVC coating on the outside. Easy to care for: just wipe clean with soap and water. Assembled with screw posts for durability. This material is heavier than leather (in a comparable width), and does not soften over time the way leather does. Black is the most popular color for wheelchair leashes, but assorted bright and classic colors are also available. See photo for current color selection–type your color choice into the notes section.
Regular half-inch wide (12.7 mm) is recommended for most dogs and people as it’s sturdy for any size dog, yet not too heavy. If you like a wider, heavier leash and larger hardware, select the wider 5/8″ (or 3/4″ option in Brahma).
These products are intended for use with fully trained service dogs/assistance dogs/pet dogs that have excellent leash manners. We’ve designed all of our Wheelchair Leash options to manually detach from the wheelchair in the event of an emergency situation. Why? Because it’s simply a smart idea!
Only you can determine if letting go of the leash and attaching it to your wheelchair is the right choice for you and your dog.
Attached leashes (fastened to a person, wheelchair, or other mobility device) are not safe for all dogs and/or users of wheelchair/mobility devices. Please choose your equipment wisely and use responsibly.
Do not use wheelchair leashes with an untrained dog. Not for dogs that pull on the leash. Wheelchair leashes must NOT be used with dogs that lunge or are difficult to control, as this could be very dangerous. Additionally, DO NOT USE FOR PULLING A WHEELCHAIR.
Please note: If your strength or dexterity is limited, you may need assistance from a friend to install the wheelchair attachment and make the initial adjustment to the leash. Once attached and adjusted, the leash will remain at the desired length and is easy to connect to and remove from the wheelchair.
How to install a Quick Release Wheelchair Lead (standard side release buckle shown)