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How to Make and Use a DIY Rear Leg Sling for Dogs


A rear leg sling for dogs may be a necessary part of caring for your pet sometime in the future. Whether your aging senior needs a little help standing up after a nap or your young dog has had surgery requiring you to help him up stairs, knowing how to make this easy and simple DIY rear leg sling for dogs will come in handy.

Using a dog sling helps you to support and stabilize your pet's hind end. Some dogs need the extra support due to degenerative conditions or weakness in the hips, while others may need the help for a brief period during recovery from an injury.

While you can buy a dog sling harness, there's also a way to save money and make one yourself. In the below article and above video, I'm sharing my tips on how to make a DIY rear leg sling for dogs from common household items. It only takes a few minutes to make, and there is no sewing required. Not only will this sling be comfortable for your pooch, but it's also durable and easy to clean.

How to Make and Use a Rear Leg Sling for Dogs

How To Make and Use A Rear Leg Sling for DogsNote: As a disclaimer, I have to mention that if your dog is having any type of weakness or pain in his hind end, you need to take him to the veterinarian immediately.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Reusable grocery bag
  • Scissors

I cannot stress this enough: you need to use a soft cotton bag. The rough plastic bags will not be comfortable for your dog.

DIY Dog Sling Harness

After you got yourself a sturdy, reliable and soft reusable grocery bag, which you can get in any supermarket, and a pair of scissors, you're all set. Cheap, is it not?

Open the bag and cut out the two small side panels. This creates a ‘U' shaped sling with long handles.

The best thing about making a rear leg sling for dogs this way is that the handles are long enough to accommodate even the tallest pet owner. No more bending to help your dog up.

Now all you have to do is slide the sling under your dog's abdomen and move it down underneath his hips. Pulling up on the handles will allow you to support your pet's hind end or lift him up slightly to help with stairs.

You can also slide it underneath the dog while your pooch lying down in order to help him stand up.

This technique may take some getting used to, but eventually your dog will realize that the sling is helping him. Because the bag is made of a soft material, the sling won't cause him any discomfort. Just be sure to use gentle pressure and not pull up too aggressively.

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