Anyone have experience using treadmills to exercise small dogs? Wondering about using people versus dog treadmill for small dogs. Just panning ahead for Texas summer.
If you train them very carefully and watch them very closely while on the treadmill, it can be a safe way for a dog to get some exercise, but it is extremely easy for a dog to be hurt by a treadmill.
I’ve never used one, but if I had access to one I’d love to try it out. Training should be done very carefully and always keep an eye on the dog, as it’s easy for her to hurt herself on it. I’m assuming they’re legal in your area. There are many places around here where dog treadmills are illegal, due to the fact that dog fighters use them to condition their fighters.
I love the idea of using a treadmill. Are there treadmills just for dogs or would a human treadmill suffice? My 12 lb. dog need daily exercise and our weather is iffy about 50% of the time so I would consider this if I could find some information.
They do make treadmills for dogs, I believe. Many people make them at home even, totally “dog powered”. You could also use regular treadmills, but make sure to carefully train the dog, and ALWAYS monitor him, as it’s very easy for them to initially have fear of it, and hurt themselves.
I have an elderly friend who fosters small dogs. She trains every foster to a treadmill. She uses treats and a leash at first, then eventually most dogs will walk on their own without the leash. She uses a human treadmill she purchased used. It is a great idea for Texas summers. The mid-day heat will blister your pup’s feet and the heat is miserable.
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