Dogs on a Treadmill

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FIRST OF ALL, MAKE SURE THE TREADMILL YOU HAVE IS SPECIALLY MADE FOR A DOG, DO NOT USE A HUMAN TREADMILL

When you put  dogs on a treadmill, it is a very healthy thing to provide for your dog. This is usually not too difficult, but every dog is not made for it, and some will not even like it.  Seeing as most do, I think it’s safe to say putting your dog on a treadmill is a safe and fun way to keep your dog in shape.  With patience you can often do this in a few easy steps to get your dog on a treadmill.

  • When you bring the treadmill into the house, the dog is going to react to it, maybe he will care, maybe he wont.  What you have to do is let your dog sniff it, and if he starts getting nervous, call him away,  like you were asking him/her to go and play, or go for a walk, to calm them down.  Once you calm him/her down, you should bring them back into the room where the treadmill is, and eventually he/she will act fine around it.

  • Once they are comfortable with the treadmill, you need to get them on the treadmill someway or another.  Don’t force them up there, but try to get them up there.  Once they’re up you need to simply show them a positive remark, and go do another activity, so they don’t think it’s some big event.

  • From here it could just take time.  Now you need to strap them to the harness.  You need to encourage them to come to you, so that they can come comfortably.  If they don’t move, just take them off, and try another day, but you must stay consistent. Eventually they will get it, and you can start exercising them.

Putting your dogs on a treadmill can be fun, so make it fun.  Don’t make it so serious, if you want your dog to love it, you gotta love it.

Warning:

–  Don’t use a collar to hook them up.

–  Don’t hold food in front of their faces.  They have to learn how to do it themselves, and from there they will run if they want too.

–  Some dogs might not want to use a dog treadmill, to the point where they will just refuse it.

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