Re: Teaching dog to walk on treadmill- should i?
Both my dogs know how to walk on the treadmill (kind of a parlor trick), but I actually have had to use it to exercise my male this winter (he is missing hair on his ears due to allergies and I am concerned about frostbite). He walks on it for a mile twice a day if the temp is below 20 degrees or so outside. It is definitely no substitute for the sights and excitement of walking outside, but as a temporary measure it has been a lifesaver for taking the edge off. It doesn't seem to have harmed the treadmill at all, aside from doggie drool sprayed all over it.
I found the easiest way to start the dogs on the treadmill was to turn it on low speed, have a person at the front with treats to lure (and to prevent the dog from bailing off the front), and I would hold the dog on leash and walk him onto it. After doing this a couple of times, the dog would walk on by himself with no collar/leash, and I would stand at the front and give treats intermittently.
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