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    Default Dogs on Treadmills?

    Having just popped Villain on the tready for an afternoon workout, started wondering if others here use treadmills, or what people might think of using treadmills.

    The tready is not Villain or Flirtt's sole exercise- they have quite a comprehensive weekly schedule comprising lead walks, training walks, free running at local footy oval, chasing ducks in the compound of local kennels where I work and swimming at the dog pool. I try to endure at least 90 minutes per day of 'natural' exercise, but supplement 4 or 5 days a week with 30-45 minutes on the tready....

    Love to hear what others think/do 

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    We're on the hunt for another second hand one at the moment.

    I think they can be of great benefit so as long as the owner doesn't fall into the belief of thats all the dog needs full stop. We find it great for using just before a walk with the most rambunctios of the crew.
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    I can never imagine using it on a newf LOL....they are just not "skilled" enough. it would be good for a laugh.

    I think any exercise is good exercise, but i just love waling with my dogs, so out the door we go rain, hail or shine..........But my dogs are also self exercised, due to the fact we are on a property. i think it would be great for some of the suburban dogs, who have so much energy to burn
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    I don't like them because if they get exhausted they can't get off.
    I've heard of some breeds having heart attacks on them.

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    Yep I think they are a great tool also. Like you have both already said as lang as they don't take the place of walking all the time the can be a great asset.
    I use them to burn energy on dogs that have trouble concertrating on a task & have used them on dog aggressive dogs to get them a little tired before a walk in beginning stages of rehabbing. Also use them to keep energic dogs happy on really hot days when no chance of a walk before dusk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    I don't like them because if they get exhausted they can't get off.
    I've heard of some breeds having heart attacks on them.
    No good trainer would allow a dog to get that tired. You push the bottom they stop & dog gets off, not really very hard so why are they so exhusted they can not get off anyway?
    My old stallion had a heart attack servicing a mare he died happy, lol.
    What I am saying is any exercise can result in a heart attack if the animal has a heart condition or like my old boy their hearts are old & tired & it would have happened anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    I don't like them because if they get exhausted they can't get off.
    I've heard of some breeds having heart attacks on them.
    I absolutely supervise 100% of the time the dogs are on. Exhaustion is but one of the risks, but it is worth consideration. Right now the experienced dog walks unharnessed so can hop off anytime ( he strangely never does, he won't get off when his time is up, sometimes ). The younger dog is harnessed, so I stand with her the whole time.

    I'd love a proper dog one, though!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    I absolutely supervise 100% of the time the dogs are on. Exhaustion is but one of the risks, but it is worth consideration. Right now the experienced dog walks unharnessed so can hop off anytime ( he strangely never does, he won't get off when his time is up, sometimes ). The younger dog is harnessed, so I stand with her the whole time.

    I'd love a proper dog one, though!!
    Oh I had never thought of not supervising & not being there when dog tried to get off, lol.........
    I too would love a dog one & am always watching out for them on evil bay etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post

    I think any exercise is good exercise, but i just love waling with my dogs, so out the door we go rain, hail or shine..........burn
    Oh, agreed. But that 90 mins a day is each, plus together running, swimming ect. Between full time work, renovating my house, exercising the dogs and not sleeping, I lost too much weight and couldn't afford the food required (I needed a tone of food each meal) to keep it up!! Enter treadmill, lifesaver, friend. I never use it for me, lol
    Last edited by Villain & Flirtt; 12-27-2010 at 05:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    I too would love a dog one & am always watching out for them on evil bay etc.
    Lol, if one turns up, we'll be bidding against each other and driving the price up!!

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