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Old 12-12-2012, 11:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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There are tons of ways to do it...

I clicker trained Tara to walk on the treadmill. I shaped it by first having her interact with the treadmill while it was off, then run across it like a dog walk in agility (still off), then turn it on to condition her to the noise. Finally, started click/treating for paw touches while it was on and then got her to jump up and run across it. In the beginning I didn't care if she bailed off the front or sides since she was still getting used to it. I kept the speed very slow in the beginning to let her get used to it and only very slowly increased.

She got to the point in this video in maybe 3 sessions of 5-10 minutes, but I think I should have gone a little slower with her.

A few tips that I had sent to some folks while we were training...
- Before the dog tries to get on while the treadmill is moving, make sure he/she will get on while it is still. Dogs will probably be more comfortable if they can walk across the treadmill while it’s stationary before trying it moving.

- This treadmill is relatively quiet, but it is a good idea to make sure the sound isn’t an issue before trying to get the dog on the treadmill.

- 0.5 is the lowest speed this treadmill will go and a nice slow starting speed.

- If you train with food/toys (and even if you don’t normally but want to for this), either would make for a good lure to keep the dog’s head forward and body centered on the treadmill, so using their favorite toy, dinner or lots of small soft treats is a good idea. I actually used baby food to give something to Tara to just take a lick every now and then. I found that she had the most trouble when she would walk like a drunk person and veer from side to side and put her paws on the stationary part, so keeping her centered was important.

- Just learning to walk on the treadmill was exhausting for Tara, so go slow and give them plenty of breaks.

ETA - I think there is a thread somewhere with more info and details, if I can find it I'll come back and post it later.
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I used a pretty similar process to the video in this post.

New treadmill!
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:48 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I've never seen a human treadmill long enough for my dog to use. I think our belt is 68" and it still isn't long enough for him to do more than a slow walk. Any faster and his feet fall off the back.

One thing you have to watch out for with treadmills is that when a dog is exercising it stimulates their bowels. Don't be surprised when your dog squats mid-stride and drops some poops on your treadmill, which get flung off the back of the belt .
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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One thing you have to watch out for with treadmills is that when a dog is exercising it stimulates their bowels. Don't be surprised when your dog squats mid-stride and drops some poops on your treadmill, which get flung off the back of the belt .
HA! I can definitely vouch for that.

I learned very quickly to make sure the dog has already done his/her business prior to going on the treadmill.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:39 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I have not done it because of the length concern but I sure would like to. I can walk the dog on my own and I need the excercise and he can chase balls but I want him on a stready trot and he is a long dog and really racks out when he moves.

Got a used scooter to try road work but it won't pull the hills in the neighborhood [even a bike would be a challenge for that]
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We have a large size JogaDog and Hans uses just about all the space on the belt. I like having the gait bar and the railings, too.
People think this is over the top, but I tell them the treadmill is for me.
It came in handy when I was sick or could not leave the house, or it was so hot or rainy that it was not feasible to go walking.
This was yesterday. He did a total of 90 minutes, one session am and one pm.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:29 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I have thought about a carpet mill / slat mill but can those work for aerobic conditioning? They are certainly more affordable.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:50 PM   #18 (permalink)
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My GSD loves the treadmill! He could walk on it for hours on end. It is also one of his favorite sleeping spots! I would highly recommend getting one
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