We all live busy lives; however, it’s very important for our dogs to get the regular exercise they need (just as we do). It is possible for your dog to get great exercise by running dogs (more like trotting) on a home treadmill! A treadmill can be especially useful in months of harsh climates where you and your dog may be unable to get outside often. The nice thing about a treadmill is that it’s safe, convenient and you can easily make a daily routine out of it. Although this isn’t for every dog, we’ll take you through the general steps of introducing your dog to the treadmill and what to expect.
Disclaimer: Puppies or special needs dogs should never attempt. Please be very careful with your dogs around exercise equipment and never leave them unsupervised!
Running Dogs on a Treadmill in 8 Steps:
1) Make sure dog has gone potty first and does not have a full stomach.
2) Build Motivation and Basic Trust with the Dog
3) Introduce to treadmill from all sides
4) Turning Treadmill on and off
5) Finding the right pace
6) The correct amount of time to run
7) Weaning off leash
8) Building a habit
Notes: Do not rush these steps! It could take days or weeks before your dog progresses through the whole process. You must build up your dog’s comfort level at each step before moving on to the next step.
Lastly, don’t be surprised if your come home to see your dog sitting on the treadmill waiting for you to turn it on!