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    Question Treadmill Training?

    I saw a mention of this on another thread, and have been thinking that it might be an awesome idea for Chopz, who is super energetic.
    We do daily exercise and training regardless, but how handy would it be when it's pouring rain and we can't walk, to just chuck him on the treadie instead?

    Has anyone done it?
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    Well D-Dog - depends on what you are trying to achieve and what you are wanting to train your pup to do ! Run a 'million miles a minute' ..... or ?

    I like to think that treadmills are used for specific reasons - like - rehabilitation for injuries and/or for maybe greyhounds for racing when injured !

    For exercise - just to put the pup on the treadmill - and that is it for the owner for the day - well no !

    There are heaps of other ways to get your pup pooped - try using the pup's brain !

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    We put Luke on the treadmill throughout Winter.

    Luke always has extra energy in the Winter and it can affect other dogs in our care, so when he's getting too playful, we chuck him on there. We haven't trained him up to "LOVE" it, but he will hop on when we say "treadie" and walks until we tell him stop.

    I've started getting him to perform on there too, such as wave and spin and walk on two legs (with paws on the handles) to stimulate his brain more, doing tricks, while on there. Makes it more fun for him too.

    We try to introduce new dogs to it when in our care, simply to see how different dogs react to it. We can never tell which dogs will love it and which dogs are terrified to step on it in the begining. It's good practice, training lots of different dogs with it, to build their confidence. We trained our foster pup at the beginning of the year to do it too
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pawfectionist View Post
    We put Luke on the treadmill throughout Winter.

    Luke always has extra energy in the Winter and it can affect other dogs in our care, so when he's getting too playful, we chuck him on there. We haven't trained him up to "LOVE" it, but he will hop on when we say "treadie" and walks until we tell him stop.

    I've started getting him to perform on there too, such as wave and spin and walk on two legs (with paws on the handles) to stimulate his brain more, doing tricks, while on there. Makes it more fun for him too.

    We try to introduce new dogs to it when in our care, simply to see how different dogs react to it. We can never tell which dogs will love it and which dogs are terrified to step on it in the begining. It's good practice, training lots of different dogs with it, to build their confidence. We trained our foster pup at the beginning of the year to do it too
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    OK - I have read all of your posts - and I haven't agreed with a lot that you have said - but - I have kept my fingers quiet - but - this time I really have a lot of buts - namely the two sections above that I have highlighted !

    Sooooo - is Luke one of the ones that you own or a rescue or a dog in your care ?

    If he is yours - why does he have to be put on a treadie - as per your words above that I have highlighted ! If he does not 'love it' - then why do you do it ? There are heaps of other ways to keep a dog occupied than putting them on a 'treadie'. Exercising the dog's brain works really well for me !

    I am really pleased to see that you think that you have to explain yourself - as the The Pawfectionist - that Luke is being trained to do other things while he is on the 'treadie' - and not being totally ignored ! Looking at the photo of the poor pup - I can understand why he would not like the 'treadie' !

    Any extra or others that I have ever had at my place - have always had to fit in with the pups or pets that I have had here at the time. Trying to be the all and everything to everyone - only leads to tears !

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    If you haven't agreed with previous posts, it is always beneficial to state why, rather than keeping your fingers quiet. No one ever learnt anything from staying quite or not listening to anyone else. Isn't that why this forum is here?? I'd be interested to know which other posts you are referring to (perhaps on another thread or via private message rather than hijacking this thread.)

    Luke is our dog. He was a rescue but ours now. I'll now address the highlighted bits in your post above.

    Luke has extra energy in the Winter... Or should I say, Luke has less energy in the Summer?... so rather than his usual hourly-2hourly walk in the Summer, he requires more in the Winter to keep him quiet/tired. Because of this, when Luke tries to play with other dogs in our care, he can be a bit too playful, so before any problems arise, we recognise this and decide it is best (at times) to put him on the treadmill for a run when we need to be at home (or it'a storming away outside).

    I do get Luke to perform on the treadmill. I don't feel there's anything wrong with that. It is teaching him coordination. He is performing commands that he does on a still surface on a moving one. This exercises his brain And he does love doing it. This is just one of the things we do to keep him tired. We also prefer mentally tiring a dog over physically tiring them. Walking on a treadmill always works them mentally, not just physically.

    I call it the "treadie" because that is his command word. I say "treadie" and he runs over and jumps on.

    I am really pleased to see that you think that you have to explain yourself - as the The Pawfectionist - that Luke is being trained to do other things while he is on the 'treadie' - and not being totally ignored ! Looking at the photo of the poor pup - I can understand why he would not like the 'treadie' !
    I don't quite understand what you mean by this comment.
    I don't feel I have to explain myself "as the pawfectionist". I was simply stating "as a human being" that there are other fun things about a treadmill (thought I'd say the real word, just for you ) that is mentally stimulating for the dog, instead of just walking. Making things more interesting to challenge the dog tires them mentally too, wouldn't you agree?
    I never said he doesn't like the treadmill. "He doesn't LOVE the treadmill", means he will happily get on there on his own at times when we are doing other things but won't sit there until we turn it on and be over the top excited or choose that as his fun time when we are at home. He definitely doesn't dislike it, if that's what you're getting at. He will get on it without us telling him to, even when we are teaching another small dog how to walk, and walk along with a proud look on his face. If he didn't like it, he wouldn't do that? And before you say it, no he's not just pushing in to get our attention.

    If he is yours - why does he have to be put on a treadie - as per your words above that I have highlighted !
    He doesn't HAVE to do it. That is just what we choose sometimes. Just like, sometimes you take your dog to the park off lead, sometimes you feel it's best to keep them on lead and walk instead, other times you will train certain skills, while other times you will give them a bone or toy to play with. It's what is best at the time with what you have available.

    I hope this answers the questions you had regarding my previous post in this thread. If it does not, feel free to ask away again
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    I'm not entirely certain that you read my post either Riley.

    I am not looking for a way to get out of exercising Chopz. He gets plenty of physical and mental stimulation every day. I just thought that the treadmill might make a good indoors alternative when the weather is lousy. Although there are people out there who claim to walk their dogs "rain, hail or shine", I am not one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Dog View Post
    Although there are people out there who claim to walk their dogs "rain, hail or shine", I am not one of them.
    Haha, I'm glad you can be honest about it. I walk them if it's raining, but sometimes he just needs a bit extra when I don't have time and other alternatives aren't an option. Or sometimes it's just super duper COLD and horrid and the rain will make me more sick than I am!!

    Plus treadmill training is fun. Something extra cool that your dog can do, that other dogs can't...that also tires them out

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    I have taught both Villain & Flirtt to use the treadmill. I find it useful as an 'extra' for exercise, just as I also take them swimming at the dog rehab centre once a week (also terrific exercise). I did it partly for those times when getting out and walking is problematic (say if I am sick or injured) and also because it exercises the brain as well as the body because the dog has to think to coordinate his/her legs.

    Currently I use a human treadmill, but aim to buy a 'real' dog one as they both incline and decline for muscle development. I'd actually like an underwater treadmill, but cannot afford one as they are horrendously expensive ($60k).

    Both my dogs LOVE it. How do I know this? Because both will barge into the garage and stand on it looking at me hopefully! Once Villain is finished his turn, he waits impatiently for Flirtt, then jumps on again and often won't get off til he's had another short turn.

    It is NOT to replace walks, though. As long as I am fit and well, we walk twice a day at least 6 days a week (they get a rest day after swimming).

    I taught them by first familiarizing them with its presence, then getting them used to the noise of it running. I then pop on the harness and have them stand on it (at this point I actually stand over the back of the dog to keep them stable) and lastly I start it off slow and build up to walking pace. It depends on the dog how long this takes, but 15 mins was all I needed with V&F. You have to be sure never to go too fast or too long. It isn't about exhausting the dog, and constant supervision is essential.

    PM me if you'd like some video explaining the process...

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    I would like to see that, V&F.
    Thinking about it for Jodi with her joints for the times she can't be exercised walking outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    I would like to see that, V&F.
    Thinking about it for Jodi with her joints for the times she can't be exercised walking outside.
    No worries Di- if you can hang in until Thurs I'll get my handy Mum to hold the camera and I'll do a cameo!

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