How to Pick a Used Dog Treadmill
Trying to figure out if you need a used dog treadmill or a new dog treadmill? Do you know where to start with the choice? It's not just about the money. Let's get going!
Your vet has told you that your dog needs to go on a diet and needs more exercise than you have time to give. A dog fitness trainer is out of the question and you have heard of dog treadmills but think they are pretty expensive.
Maybe you can find a used dog treadmill that will do the trick. Where can you look for a used dog treadmill? You can try the local classified ads in the newspapers around where you live. If you live in a larger city you will have a better chance of finding one this way.
Some larger pet stores will have access to special ordering dog treadmills for you, but you will have to pay full retail. I have mentioned in past articles that you can find a great treadmill for dogs at Grand Carpet Mill in Temperance, Michigan. They have been making furniture quality dog treadmills since 1982. They are by far the least expensive at $350 to $395 that will accommodate dogs up to 135 pounds. Each treadmill comes with side rails for safety and a head rail that allows a leash and harness to be used for your pet.
Many people think that they can use the old dog treadmill they have in the basement for their dog. This is definitely the case, but you will need to make some adaptations to use the human treadmill as a used dog treadmill.
You will want to train your dog to not be startled by the sound of the human treadmill as they are generally noisier due to the larger size of the motor.
You will also need to set up some kind of side rails or sides to keep your pet from wandering off the side and getting hurt.
Another safety device would be to add some sort of tether system so that your dog stays in the middle of the tread.
Another place to look for a used dog treadmill would be Freecycle.org site.
Finally, a good place to ask about a used dog treadmill would be either your vet or the local dog trainer. Many dog trainers have treadmills to exercise and rehabilitate dogs that are either overweight or are recovering from surgery.
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