Treadmill Dog Training Guide

Treadmill Dog Training Will Happen

           This video also covers how to get a scared dog on a treadmill

Treadmill Dog Training:

Introducing Your Dog To A Treadmill

  • Warm the dog out with a slower walk or play for around 5 minutes beforehand if you can.
  • Start off slow just train your dog to get on and off the treadmill
  • Just to let your dog feel the tread with her feet don't forget give treats and even praises when they are able to hop on
  • Once they're on the machine and comfortable started its lowest speed.
  • Hold a 4 to 6 ft leash on a flat buckle collar leash and stand beside your dog
  • Never leave them alone
  • Turn the belt on a the lowest speed they are comfortable with.

Treadmill Dog Training:


  • Pay close attention to the gate and location of your dog while treadmill dog training. keep in mind that they may not understand how to walk right away and there's steps might be choppy or overstride but that should correct itself in time.
  • Make sure to keep the dog towards the front of the gopet treadmill in the center you can do that by using treats to coax the dog into a different position eventually have it will should take over and they will usually stay close the same spot.   
  • Small dog usually have little legs that may not go as fast as larger breeds. The key is to watch your dog's location on the treadmill, not too far forward and make sure their logs aren't slipping off of the back.

Treadmill Dog Training:

Progression Goals

  • Start out slowly with 30-second to 1-minute sessions.
  • Move up to five to ten-minute sessions 
  • Build from there to 20 or 30 minutes of walking and trotting. 
  • You can also experiment with gradually inclining the belt to give dog a more challenging workout. 
  • Try to avoid a repetitive workout. This can be done by changing speed in incline. Try to simulate walking outside.
  • If your dog treadmill training is combined with a diet you should have great results.
  • Try using trigger words like "treadmill" and time the exercise to get your dog to jump on the treadmill on its own.
  • When first starting a treadmill dog training program, your dog should be on a leash. Eventually your dog will be comfortable enough where you can unleash the dog. 
  • The dog might become comfortable enough to just jump off the treadmill. If that happens simply walk your dog back and start again. Most dog walking treadmills have a side rail or a side barrier to discourage this. 

Treadmill Dog Training:


  • Never tie your dog to the treadmill, just like you would never want to be tied to your treadmill. One wrong move on the part of your dog could be terrible.
  • Use you own judgement with a restrictive or choke collar, if this is what your dog usually uses when walking outside...it may be needed.  
  • Avoid running over 5 minutes on incline for none condition dog asking place problems on your your dog's back and hips.
  • Use positive reinforcement..praise and treats when finished will get your dog excited about treadmill dog training.