The first clear benefit would be the consistency. Your dog has a consistent need for exercise. This consistent need should be customized to your own dog. When you think about it scientifically, this is what can give your friend the longest and healthiest life possible. A pet treadmill can be customized to easily to your dogs fitness goals. The accuracy of you dogs speed and endurance over flat and inclined surface could be finally discovered. For example, you could accurately track fitness goals over time over several weeks, to give your veterinarian fantastic information. This information could be used to make decisions about your dogs health.
Another big benefit is that dogs with flatter feet will be able to avoid sprained or strained ankles and joints. As your dog gets used to his or her pet treadmill, your pets gate to become more natural on the even surface. This is also true pertaining to the treadwheel. Just remember to make sure that your dog does not arch their back on the treadwheel.
If you really think about it, there so many things that can stop you from walking outside. We are based in Minnesota therefore the weather is terrible. Freezing cold and snow covered up to half the year. Aside from the upper Midwest USA where you live it may be too hot too cold too rainy too windy for you or your dog. Weather can be a big barrier to comfortably stay outside long enough to give your dog the right amount of exercise. Most expert agree it's about 30 to 60 minutes every day. Think about the time constraints you have. most of us work and getting up early enough is a challenge, and when you get home you're way too tired. You may living in area that can be down right dangerous to walk a dog outside, especially at night. All those issues disappear when you have a treadmill for your dog inside your home. A pet treadmill trained dog will make your life so much easier..
Just use this equipment consistently and you will be pleasantly surprised. Many dog owners are used to paying for a wellness plan because veterinarian bills are so high, a dog exercise on a treadmill can be equal to more effective than a wellness plan. Essentially what you are doing is paying not to have these problems below
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Will my dog use their pet treadmill?
We have a bold prediction concerning that. If you're patient, YES your dog will be pet treadmill or treadwheel (like a dog powered treadmill) trained. Your dog needs consistent exercise that can't be achieved outside. They will learn to enjoy their own pet treadmill or treadwheel. We offer a training guide and videos of the toughest dogs to train below. Don't get discouraged, your dog needs you to do this..
Who uses pet treadmills?
Pet treadmills are used by professionals in the canine fields. Dog breeders dog handlers dog trainers and veterinarians use this equipment frequently. A pet treadmills is great for rehabilitation after surgery or injury. Dog (or humans) with allergies do well with indoor treadmills or treadwheels. Senior dogs that struggle when walking outside will see real benefits to consistent exercise indoors. This indoor exercise will also help lessen their arthritis and problems with pain in their limbs and joints. Pet treadmills are popular with service dogs need that need to be in excellent shape. Disabled owners, not able to walk long distance.
With every dog, consistent treadmill exercise will enhance focus, muscle tone, and improve their behavior. There are so many unknown benefits with your own dog, it's crazy not to own one of our products.
Am I being lazy by using a pet treadmill?
Absolutely not, owning a pet treadmill shows a higher level of commitment to helping your dog. You are tapping into higher level of health with no drugs and no surgery. The majority of dog owners definitely don't walk their enough. Too many dog owners leisurely exercise their dog when they feel like it, even though their selfish behavior could hurt their pet! What you should strive for is consistency in your dog's life. If you live in in a High traffic area, it could be possibly dangerous to walk a dog ( especially at night). Weather, and time are real barriers is a big problem time especially if your dog is already overweight. You have to take action now.
Why don't I just use a human treadmill?
In Short: Do not try using a human treadmill for your dog.
Are these hard to assemble?
We feel Installation is very easy. It consists of mostly just installing screws and washers to make the fencing (or railings) around the treadmill. Take a look at the detailed instructions in the user manual here
. Be careful lifting out of the box. These products could be heavy, especially with treadmills or try wheels designed for medium to larger sized dogs.
Can I use this to get my dog ready for canine sports?
A pet treadmill is perfect for pet owners wanting to train their dogs for a physical competition. This style of exercise for your dog is a great way to supplement any agility or endurance training. Your dog will achieve great results when using the consistency that a treadmill provides. If your dog is not in the physical condition that a competition demands, training your dog to use our products will get them into peak condition.
Why is the size of the treadmill important?
You definitely do not want to risk putting your bigger dog on a smaller treadmill. You risk your bigger dog not stepping on the tread and falling off the back. Chronic use of a pet treadmill that is too small will cause problems with your pets joints and legs from short erratic steps ("chop stepping"). A treadmill that is too big for a small dog can be intimidating, and may start to introduce problems that occur when pet owners try to use a human treadmill. If a dog treadmill non-motorized would be more of what you are after, think about owning a treadwheel. A treadwheel would be the right fit if your dog is not arching its back when standing inside.
Should I still use a leash?
We recommend yes until the dog is gets used to the treadmill but don't tie the leash to the treadmill and walk away. Most of these treadmills have leash attachments. You can make this a fun activity by placing a squeeze toy on the front kind to encourage the dog, while holding onto their leash. Eventually your dog may not need a leash at all, just your attention.
Where should I place the treadmill?
The best scenario is that your pet has some sort of visual stimulation while walking on the treadmill. A blank wall would not be the best option to have your pet face. Try having your dog face out to an open window and make sure the back of the treadmill isn't butted up against the wall.
If I own more than one dog, would I need more than one pet treadmill?
The simplest advice would be get the biggest treadmill for the biggest dog. It is not a good idea to run multiple dogs together n the same treadmill though. Dogs run or walk at their own pace, and multiple dogs physical conditioning will differ. This would result in the pace being too fast and causing an injury to one of your dogs. Also depending on your dog, your dog may need extra focus and the other pet could be too distracting.
Do you recommend only using a pet treadmill for my dogs exercise needs?
Using a treadmill for your dog should not be the only form of exercise that your dog gets. Dogs are social animals and may need to be around other animals and different environments. Trainers agree that it is beneficial for you to practice healing your dog, to let your dog understand that you are the pack leader. Also don't forget about the many sports like catch or agility training available to you.
Using a treadmills great when you're dog is walked and they are still full of energy. You might be tired and ready to come inside, but unfortunately your dog isn't. High energy breeds are notorious for this. You may want to start out with a walk outside and then use the treadmill after. Or warm up and have your dog perform the more rigorous exercise on the treadmill, with a playful cool down outside after. The problem is when you walk your dog outside, the majority of the time it's pretty much only a warm up for your dog. In the wild, most of these animals could go for miles to look for food or shelter. As we have said before, treadmill training is an excellent supplement to walking your dog outside. If nature or circumstances are a problem, just use the treadmill.