SlimDoggy on eHow – How to Walk Your Dog Using a Treadmill

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For many dog owners, a dog treadmill can be a great tool to help keep their pet fit and healthy. Treadmills allow you to exercise your dog even if:

  • The weather is too cold or rainy
  • It is too dark outside before or after work
  • If you have an injury and can’t run with your dog
  • If you need to stay at the house for some reason

We recommend using a treadmill that is made for a dog’s frame, like the one from DogTread, versus using a human treadmill.

In our eHow video, we share a few tips to make it easier and more enjoyable for both you and your dog.

  • Make sure the platform length is appropriate for your dog
  • Use the leash to guide the dog but DON’T tie the leash to the railing
  • Stand in the front or side (pictured) position to keep your dog on point
  • Use treats for rewards and to keep the dog focused.
  • Use a lot of positive reinforcement to help your dog enjoy their treadmill workouts
  • Try to stay on the treadmill for a minimum of 5 minutes to reinforce the movement patterns and acclimate the dog to the moving belt
  • End the workout on the treadmill in the stopped position


Watch Slimdoggy Jack on the treadmill at the fitness room at the Pooch Hotel in West LA.  He hadn’t been on a mill for almost two years but he seemed to re-acclimate quickly.

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  1. That is soooo cool, wonder who will get more exercise, Maddie or me?

  2. Who knew you could get doggy treadmills! Such a great idea
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  3. This is such a good idea , but a little to expensive
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  4. Love the video. Wish I had a doggy sized treadmill. 🙂
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  5. I am going to need this video when I finally get our DogTread treadmill set up 🙂
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  6. Good boy Jack, I used to have a treadmill that was a clothes hanger. I should of kept it as it would come in handy with Nellie but at the time Nellie was intact and not fat. I know one chessie person who has the top show chessie right now and she runs him on a treadmill and it shows.

    • Jack enjoys it – someday we’ll write the funny/scary story about it, but suffice to say it is great exercise – especially for those cold weather locales.
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  7. Great post and video! We used our (human) treadmill with Tucker after both ACL surgeries, as well as with Lucy (weight control). It’s tricky at first, but worked fine. Living rural has its disadvantages – no vets near us had doggie treadmills. Wait, I shouldn’t say that. After Tucker’s first ACL, when we lived in VA, we did find hydrotherapy (with treadmill) about 2 hours away and we took advantage of that.
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    • Ouch – 2 hour drive is a long one. We’re lucky to have a great ortho specialist about 20 minutes away and an acupuncture vet who makes housecalls. Great for those Labs with bad joints.
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