Let’s face it. When the temperature is twenty degrees with a wind chill of zero, you may not want to brave the elements to walk your dog. Unfortunately, your dog doesn’t seem to mind the chilling temperatures or icy winds and excitedly waits by the door. Some dog breeds such as Border collies and German shepherds need their daily exercise session despite the disagreeable weather. These high strung dogs may have so much energy that if they’re not exercised daily they can become nervous and even destructive. The solution? Why not consider adding a dog treadmill to your home?
It used to be that treadmills were just for humans but with an increasing awareness of the importance of exercise for dog health, someone cleverly designed a dog treadmill to make the job easier. Having a dog treadmill has its definite advantages. One of the most important is that you have an alternative to trudging outside with your dog and an umbrella on stormy mornings. Not to mention the advantages a treadmill offers if you live in colder climates. It’s also a godsend to have a dog treadmill when you come home late after working overtime. Fido can still have his exercise session while you recover in the comfort of your favorite chair. Plus, a treadmill allows you to alter the speed and distance your dog walks as well as the incline so he can get the best workout for his fitness level.
To get your dog started exercising on a treadmill, it’s going to require some dog treadmill training. At first your dog will probably be afraid of this electronic contraption but with a little reassurance, your dog will gradually become accustomed to the treadmill and will begin to enjoy his daily workouts. Plan on spending some time on dog treadmill training in the beginning. Eventually your dog will seek out the treadmill on his own when he’s ready to exercise.
The two primary drawbacks to owning a dog treadmill are the expense and the fact they take up space. The price range for dog treadmills start at around $300.00 for a non-motorized one up to $3,000 for an electronic one. This isn’t an insignificant investment for most people. You also need adequate space for the treadmill which may be a problem if you live in an apartment or small house. Ideally, try to find someone who will let your dog try out the treadmill before purchasing. You don’t want to be stuck with it if your dog has an irrational fear of it. It also pays to do some internet comparison shopping before purchasing.
A dog treadmill can be an effective way to give your dog the exercise he needs through the long winter months. Watch out! Your dog may have so much fun he won’t want to get off!