Choosing from the best dog treadmills
In this day and age, with demanding jobs, family commitments and just the grinding style of life – finding time to walk your beloved dog may be difficult. Not to mention other variables such as horrible, cold and rainy weather – not the ideal conditions to take your dog on a walk.
Never the less, your dogs health will be of the up-most importance to you, and this is where a dog treadmill can really help in assisting you keep your dog healthy and young at heart. There’s never been a better time to purchase a treadmill and start your dog or pets training and fitness journey.
Choosing one of the products listed below will start to save you valuable down time at home with loved ones and friends.
Our list of best treadmills for dogs:
Keep reading to find out more about each of the entries above and much, much more.
Does my dog need a treadmill?
As dog owners only you can truly answer that question. You may think the idea sounds strange and expensive but it’s actually much more common and affordable than you’d initially think and doing what is best for your dog, is your priority.
In some instances, a treadmill (as well as monitoring the dog food intake) can literally save your dog’s life. Obesity in dogs is very common. In fact, obesity can result in very serious, potentially life-threatening health risks.
Some dogs lack the ability to exercise or their breed may be one that’s prone to retaining weight. Excess body fat effects many areas of your beloved pooch’s body including:
- Bones and joints
- Digestive organs
- Organs that help your dog breathe. Read more by clicking here
- The type of dog food your dog is eating.
The following are common scenarios where a dog and owner could benefit by choosing from on of the following treadmills.
Your dog is overweight. This is probably the most obvious reason to purchase a treadmill. Regular exercise (either in conjunction with or as an alternative to walking outdoors) can result in weight loss and reducing risky unhealthy situations.
You work long hours. If you’re working all the hours available and then taking care of a family, a pet or other demanding situations, you just might not have the time to physically take your dog walking daily. A dog treadmill in this instance would make great sense.
Dogs with lots of energy. Some dogs (or pet) have lots of energy and when that energy isn’t put to good use, they become mischievous and destructive. A treadmill can be a great way of ensuring your pet doesn’t get bored.
Miserable UK weather. Let’s face it, more often than not, the weather in the UK is horrible. It’s either cold and damp or wet and windy. Who wants their dog (or pet) walking mud throughout their house? A treadmill is great for these bouts of weather 😉
Now that you’re helping your dog get fit and healthy, it’s also important to take care of their coat. Ensuring your dog is groomed correctly also helps with their health and well-being. Check out our extensive roundup of best dog clippers by clicking here.
We included clippers to suit all budgets and size of dog – we have reviewed corded and cordless dog clippers.
1. dog PACER Treadmill
The dog PACER treadmill is the winner of our roundup. It’s a very high quality product and and excellent dog treadmill.
Before we continue though, it needs to be noted that this dog treadmill is not suitable for larger breeds of dog or a larger pet (but is fantastic for a smaller dog).
With that out of the way, here are the reasons why we absolutely love this dog pacer treadmill.
You simply will not find a better pet treadmill for this money – purchase it right away for the welfare of your much loved canine and pet friends. One of the very best dog treadmills available for training your pet.
It’s silent, small and dogs love using it for training. It ships with 3 modes that are all 30 minutes in length – the first program goes up to 3 MPH and programs 2 and 3 go up to 6 MPH, so as your dog gets fitter, the treadmill will accommodate them.
It also tracks calories, so you can easily monitor your dogs food intake and fat burning potential whilst in dog training mode – for the scientists among us 🙂
Setup is also a breeze and it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space.
The best dog treadmill available on the market!
2. PANCHO’S GYM PG702 Treadmill
The manufacturers of this dog treadmill state that it is suitable for dogs up to 44 lbs (around 3 stone or just under 20kg).
It has an incredibly low running platform meaning accessibility is very easy for your dog, both in climbing on and off.
It is very, very quiet in operation (great for a nervous dog) and even comes with a wireless remote control, so you don’t have to stand over your dog the whole time they are on the treadmill. You can adjust the incline accordingly. Your dog will love you for buying one of these treadmills.
It’s very well made and in our experience, it doesn’t intimidate your dog. It provides fantastic, low-impact exercise for your dog and with the added remote control, you and your dog have ultra convenience.
3. PANCHO’S GYM PG702 Dog Treadmill
Pancho’s Gym PG702 is billed as being designed to be the “ultimate treadmill for training dogs” and is reported to be suitable for dogs up to 55 lbs in weight (just under 4 stones and just under 25kg). Dogs that definitely need to lose weight!
It comes with can only be described as a cage (ideal for those with safety in mind), this is to guide your dog and keep them in place whilst on the treadmill and during exercise. Incline options are not present.
What’s unique about this dog (and pet) treadmill (aside from its bright yellow safety cage) is that not only does it come with an easy to use remote control, it also has a USB port and a speaker, so that you can play yours and your pet favourite MP3 songs.
It also comes with front wheels making this one of the easier treadmills to moving around nice and easy. Suitable for a pet of any size.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A TREADMILL
Dog treadmills can be a fantastic investment for you and your pet pooch. It will not only save you time but also help make your dog and pet healthier. Before committing and purchasing a dog treadmill, it’s ideal to take several things into account.
- Your budget – as with anything, the price always plays an important part in the shortlising of treadmills
- How much space do you have?
- How often will your dog or pet use their treadmills?
- Make sure it has a range of programs to suit your dog and pet
- Make sure it is certified to take your dogs weight
- Walls on a treadmill – sometimes they’re great for making dogs and pets feel secure, but some may find them claustrophobic
- SPEED – The speed you choose for your treadmill will largely depend on the breed of dog and how much exercise your dog/breed requires.If you have a larger breed that has an abundance of energy, you would consider buying a larger treadmill that had a fast maximum speed. This will ensure your dog is both challenged and their heart rate soaring.If you own a smaller breed of dog, chances are their legs will be smaller, in this instance, a slower treadmill should be considered.
- MAXIMUM WEIGHT ALLOWANCE – As above, the size of your dog will dictate the weight allowance you will need.If you have a large dog that is more than 20kg in weight, make sure that your purchase can handle the weight of your canine.If your treadmill cannot handle your pooches weight, you will find that your machine won’t run or operate correctly.
Alternatively, if the machine is too big and your pooch is too light grip may become an issue.
- INCLINE – Want to increase your pets cardiovascular ability and fitness as well as controlling their weight? Choosing a product that has an incline option is your best bet.
Do I have to buy a special treadmill? Can’t my dog use mine?
There are several reasons why your four legged pet can’t simply use your machine, even though it would be cheaper, simpler and just generally easier :-/
If you have a small dog or pet, they simply won’t be able to keep up with the starting speed of your treadmill.
There’s also the issue of the height of your treadmill for a small dog, if they come off, slip etc, they’re much more likely to suffer an injury.
One common element of a treadmill designed specifically for a pet, is that some of them ship with a remote control, so that you can simply hit the emergency button should a situation arrive. A feature your human treadmill will not have.
Now, if you have a larger dog or pet, a different set of problems arise. Most significantly is that humans walk on 2 legs (obviously) and your canine friend, has 4 legs and larger dogs will have a much larger stride than their human counterpart. So, the surface – in this instance, will be too short for a larger breed.
Is it hard to get your dog onto the treadmill the first time?
A treadmill isn’t something a dog sees every day – if ever! Dogs don’t always like trying something new and will probably be hesitant to jump on in the first instance.
As with anything, the key is – go at their pace and start of slowly and elaborately. When they do well and begin, reward your dog with a treat to encourage them to continue and also look forward to their time on the treadmill.
It’s important to start them off as slowly as possible, it will be a very strange movement for them, keep their initial walk short and reward them often.
Once you’ve got your dog used to the motion and the action and have had several walks on the treadmill, you can slowly begin to adjust the speed. Continue to reward them and you’ll make it fun!
How hard is the treadmill to clean?
After your dog has had their workout, you’ll want to clean the machine. The great news is – it’s really very easy to clean and keep clean.
You’ll want to start by using a hoover to clean up any dog hair or debris – you won’t just want to clean the belt surface. You’ll also want to clean any area your dog has come into contact with.
Once hoovered, simple use a cloth and some good quality soap and wipe down anywhere there is dirt. Once hoovered and wiped down, grab another cloth and dry the treadmill off. Do this directly after your dogs workout.
What’s the best duration my dog should run for?
There is no one answer fits all here. How much exercise your dog needs will be dependent on several factors:
- The most obvious is the breed, age and activity level of your dog. If your dog is young with bundles of energy (that result in mischievous behaviour), you’ll potentially want them to use their treadmill for longer than something like an old rottweiler. In part, to tire them out and minimise the mischievous behaviour .
- As a general rule of thumb, if your dog is healthy and they’re active, start them off with a 5 to 10 minute walk and gradually increase it day on day. You’ll want your dog panting at least once per day to ensure they’re getting the exercise they need.
How will I know when my dog is tired and had enough on the treadmill?
As long as you pay close attention to your dog, you will be able seen when they’re tired and need a break. If they begin to pant or are reluctant to continue, it’s best to give your dog a short break.
Again, if your dog is thirsty, it’s best to give them a short break and supply some water. You never want to force your dog to do more than they are capable of. Remember, we want them to look forward to hopping onto the treadmill.
Never ever work them so hard or to speeds where they begin to stumble or whimper – you’ll cause them to be reluctant to jump back onto the treadmill in future. Remember to create a fun and rewarding event for them.
Also, it’s in your dogs best interest to also continue outdoor activity.
When using a human treadmill, we warm up and cool down. Do dogs need to do the same?
What’s good for a human is just as good for our dogs. Before using their treadmills, your dog shouldn’t begin running right off the bat. We don’t want them getting an injury (especially if your dog is getting on or already has an existing injury).
Just like humans, a great way to warm your dog up is by simply getting them to walk and the gently ease them into a trot on their treadmill. Once warmed up and they’re in their stride, gently ease them into a run.
The reverse should be done after your dogs workout is complete. Slowly reduce the speed from a run to a trot and then from a trot to gentle walk.
Have the dog treats and water on hand to reward them .
My dogs getting bored – what should I do?
Ask yourself a question, do you keep things the same when you exercise or do you mix things up? To be successful – you’ll need to mix it up. Your dog is no different!
If they’re getting bored, change some of the workout around. Try interval training, increase the incline or do both! Note their times, speed and duration and gently increase on all of them and don’t forget – THE TREATS! The treats will keep your dog and pet keen on their running and you popular!
That concludes our roundup 🙂
Other fitness products to consider
We’ve also looked at and compiled a short list of other exercise equipment for your dogs. Take a look below:
- Designed specifically for small and medium sized dogs
- Can be used both indoors and outdoors.
- Soft foam construction, easy assembly, safe for training.
- Complete with clear carry bag for carrying and storage.
- 1 high jump
- 1 square tunnel
- 4 weave poles
- 1 setup and training tips booklet
- 1 storage bag
- 1 high jump
- 1 tunnel
- 6 weave poles
- 1 setup and training tips booklet
- 1 storage bag
- Six pylons: Height 30.5 cm
- Sprung Holm extendible from 6.35 cm up to 14 cm, Height adjustable up to 21,6 cm
- Pylons in blue/green
- The 3 Yellow jumping Holme are foldable and lock neatly together
- Lightweight for easy transportation
- Assembles in Seconds
- Fully Adjustable, can be configured as 2 by 2’s
- Straight or Offset Configuration
- Meets Competition Guidelines
- 2 Foot Centers, Flat to the Ground Base
- The poles are used as dog agility starter equipment, 12 weave poles;
- Easy for storage or travel.
- By inspiring interactive fun, the kit nurtures the relationship between you and your dog.
- It helps you and your dog get exercise.
- Suitable for outdoor use
- FurryFriends 18 foot dog agility tunnel!
- 24 inch diameter opening
- AKC approved training tool
- Great outdoor toy to give your pet exercise!
- Pet accessory for fun!
- TUV SUD Product Service Certification Approved Mark for ” German Quality ” Tested for Safety
- High Carbon Stainless steel for strength leash installs on virtually any bike in under 5 minutes Only True Quick Release Bike leash Patented design.
- Leash Has Military Grade Paracord 550-lbs pull strength, 7 strand Inner core 5/32 -4mm diameter, uv fade resistant & rot resistant
- Patented design includes an internal shock-absorbing system and quick lock and release capability for easy switching between bikes
- Lets you safely walk your dog and ride your bike at the same time Length of Leash is Adjustable Can add 6.5 Inches by taking out 2 springs inside the Steel Wand that will allow extra leash length
Watch the video below to see how to train your dog on the treadmill and burn off some fat and energy.