Is your dog fat? Does he need more exercise? Time to seriously think about a dog treadmill...

This article is all about dog treadmills. Many reasons for buying a pet treadmill are discussed. An excellent list questions is provided to help you find the right product. Treadmill price is also given special attention.

Reasons for a Canine Treadmill: Exercise and Much More

Many dogs are not getting enough exercise. Dog treadmills provide a way for dog owners to provide their pets with exercise even when the weather is bad or it is inconvenient to take them out for a walk or jog. Avoid rain, sleet, snow, mud, and more by keeping your pet inside but on the treadmill.

As a dog owner, you should keep in mind that most pet dogs were specifically bred to get work done. For example, many dogs performed daily tasks alongside humans, such as operating light equipments, herding animals such as sheep, pulling sleds through the snow, and much more.


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Dogs are active animals and if they don't get enough exercise, their energy will build up and burst out. Your dog might be pooping, chewing, and barking at inappropriate times exactly because he needs exercise. Right now! Many dogs are easily bored and they are almost always under exercised.

But there are many choices and decisions if you're trying to figure out what dog treadmill to purchase. I'll spend the majority of the article on helping you make a good decision, but first...

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Benefits of Pet Treadmills for Dog Handlers

Besides the obvious benefit of exercise, a dog treadmill can provide excellent information about how your dog walks and jogs. This is perfect for people who want to see how their canines move. For example show dog handlers can study the gait and general movement of their dogs. This allows them to understand and adjust their dogs.

A pet treadmill helps dog owners develop the perfect walk or jogging movements, which can mean the difference between last place and best in show. When your dog moves properly and effectively, you can correct problem movements or reinforce the right ones.

When Buying a Canine Treadmill, What Matters?

As a dog owner, you know that exercise is critical to the health and well-being of your pet. Exercise offers the benefits of good mental agility as well as longer life. A pet treadmill can significantly boost these things. But, what do you need to buy? What are the important questions?

A dog treadmill offers control and consistency. Your dog can get an excellent cardiovascular workout in no time, which is what you want. The treadmill, therefore, should be designed around your goals and the needs of your pet. Here are some key considerations:

  • Does the treadmill offer the right kind of adjustments, such as incline?
  • Is the treadmill stationary (dog powered) or automatic (motorized)?
  • How wide and long is the treadmill in relation to your dog? Is it big enough for your dog?

In addition to these questions, you obviously want to consider cost. The more gizmos and functions, the more you'll need to pay. For example, motorized dog treadmills are definitely more expensive than dog powered treadmills.

Thinking About the Right Pet Treadmill for Your Goals

If you want to increase safety, a dog powered treadmill is probably the right choice. It offers your pet more control. However, if you want to increase your control over the training, a motorized treadmill is probably a better choice since you can “force” your dog to move at the right speed.

You'll also want to make sure that the dog treadmill offers proper flexibility. For example, you might want to have many different harness locations so that you can make adjustments that meet your needs and the needs of your dog.

If you're fashion conscious, you might want to consider the color of the pet treadmill. However, it might be a challenge to find anything but a normal white or black treadmill. Some are made of wood too, particularly the dog powered treadmills.

No matter what choice you make, you should demand high quality. Look for a product guarantee. Dog treadmills are meant to be durable but be sure you can trust the company and their products.

Very Important Dog Treadmill Consideration: The Price

If you're reading this article it probably means you're serious about this product. So, let’s talk about price for a minute or two. Based on the Pet Comfort Products price research, dog powered treadmills seem to start around $300, give or take. Several are around $350 to $500.

On the other hand, motorized dog treadmills cost anywhere from $700 to $3,000. The wide price range for motorized dog treadmills is due to the number of features but also different brands and manufacturers.

For both dog powered and motorized dog treadmills, size is the major price motivator. In other words, as they get bigger, they get more expensive. Unfortunately, you need to have a treadmill that is large enough for your breed. A small pet treadmill can be very dangerous so make sure it is big enough. That is, it should be both long enough and wide enough for your dog.

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