In recent years, dog treadmills have gained a lot of importance. Every dog needs enough exercise to stay fit or get fit again. Lack of exercise, like us humans, leads to obesity, poor stamina, slow reaction, etc.
Finding the right dog treadmill can take some time, so here we’ve gathered information from manufacturers to hopefully make your search a little easier.
Compared to the thigh, the lower leg and the metatarsus are significantly longer in dogs. Thus, dogs have a longer stride length relative to their body height than humans have.
That is why dog treadmills are longer than the ordinary treadmills produced for humans.
A dog treadmill is not a full substitute for daily exercise (new impressions, taking care of needs, socializing) BUT if environment or life circumstances limit the exercise possibilities, a treadmill offers the ideal supplement to guarantee a minimum of exercise and to complement the available exercise.
Dog physiotherapists can use treadmills to speed up muscle development after surgery, strengthen your dog’s cardiovascular system, or have the dog do controlled slow movements when appropriate due to joint disease or previous injury.
What to look out for
|Size and weight class
||It is imperative that the treadmill and running surface fit the size and weight of your dog. The dog must be able to move freely
||How much space is available? There are devices that are foldable and easy to store. However, there must be sufficient space for the training. The additional safety distances must also be taken into account here
||In an emergency situation the treadmill should be able to stop immediately (emergency stop switch), closed side walls help the dog to align with the running direction, give him additional safety and prevent him from jumping off.
||The device should be easy to operate. A training computer with electronic display and a touch screen help with the operation. Speed, gradient should be able to be monitored and changed at any time
||It should be possible to adjust the speed in small stages.. The walking speed should normally be between 0 and 12 km/h (up to 20 km/h can be useful for professional training).
||An incline is when the treadmill is slightly elevated at the front and slopes backwards. This is essential for training specific muscle groups. The standard range of most devices is a slope of about 10 percent. For pure cardiovascular training, an incline is not absolutely necessary.
||How resilient is the material? Dog treadmills should be made of sturdy and high quality material. The belt should be non-slip. The sides should be stable and secure.
||The importance of considering the noise level for both the dog and yourself cannot be underestimated. The quieter a device is the more pleasant it is to use.