Re: Teaching to walk on the treadmill
I used to walk and jog Mocha on the treadmill. It is actually very easy if they already know how to walk on a leash.
1 - The dog gets on the treadmil only one way and comes of only one way. They walk up and turn around and walk down when they are finished..no side exits no front exits.
2 - With the treadmill "OFF" Walk the dog on the treadmill and stand to the right (off the treadmill), holding the leash like you normally would.
3 - Push the start button and as the treadmill starts to move issue the walk or heel command and give a slight tug on the leash. Remain to his/her side.
4 - Accelerate the treadmill slowly until you think the dog is walking at a normal walk pace. After they get usde to this, you can acceleratethe treadmill some more. The most you will get out of the treadmil is a kind of trot / jog. Build up to this and after a few weeks, add a little incline to make the exercise more challenging.
5 - When it is time to stop slow the treadmill down gradually; allow the dog time to adjust their pace. And then walk the dog of the back, the same way they came on.
Note - I always have the leash on the dog; I some time wrap the leash loosely around the front ofthe treadmill (I exercise at the same time, pushups, situps or curls). I never leave the dog alone and even when exercising I am right there paying attention. ANd just in case I have the emergency cord attached to his leash or collar...once my little butthead just stopped walking and slid right off, so I learned. With this being said, if you choose to wrap the leash to the front of the treadmill, position yourself in front of the treadmill because your buddy is going to want to see what you are doing.
When it was a nasty rain and I didn't want to run outside, we had to take turns...30min each.
Slow is smooth, Smooth is Fast...
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