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Most people wish they had just some of the energy their bouncy happy-go-lucky dog naturally possesses. Unfortunately for many dogs bad behavior happens because the energy level the dog mom or dad has simply does not match the energy level of their dog.
Just a few years ago the idea of treadmilling your dog was not a consideration often thought of. In fact when first beginning to treadmill dogs for various training purposes, people generally commented, “Wow, I would have never thought of that. Do they make treadmills for dogs?”
A few years ago they didn’t make treadmills for dogs. In the recent few years the use of treadmills has been such a success that specialized dog treadmill companies have addressed certain issues specific to dogs making it the perfect exercise equipment for any size dog with any temperament.
What are the reasons your dog would benefit from dog treadmill training?
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Leash aggression has become a common problem in the dog world. Treadmill training has proven to help most dogs who suffer from this problem no matter how the issue started. It is difficult for most people to feel comfortable taking their dog out to get the proper exercise when the fear of lunging at other dogs, barking, growling and even going to the point of biting is a real possibility.
Many people feel like this option is one that will stop them from going outside and enjoying time with their dog and so never consider the idea, when in fact the treadmill can open up the world to a dog who has bad leash manners. Exercise takes the edge off the nervous system in people and it works for dogs in the same way. The treadmill has become a success bridge to getting leash aggressive dogs to the outside world leaving all the fear behind.
Weather conditions is another huge reason for treadmilling your dog. Too hot or too cold, too windy or raining, the treadmill is a great way to get your dog the exercise needed to remain a happy healthy, well behaved dog. Lack of activity during winter months can not only put added pounds on your dog cutting years of their life but add to the misbehaving aspect of daily living as well.
What kinds of dogs do well with treadmill training?
All dogs. Honestly. From big dogs to little dogs to anything in between treadmill training can benefit any dog for a variety of reasons. The training program can vary depending breed, what kind of energy level and behavior you’d like to address with your dog or for training specific dog sports like agility or herding.
Treadmill training programs can go from very basic to quite specific. As a DogTread Pro training expert, I always recommend when starting a training program with your dog, start with short periods of time--10 minutes or less. This is true for dogs that are already fit or need to lose a few pounds. Once your dog has become familiar with the activity and had time to loosen up muscle tissue and ligaments you’ll be able to build the workout time and find variations of speed and incline.
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