Is your dog overweight?
Sadly, just like the trend in human weight gain, more and more pet dogs are becoming obese.
Getting a dog to exercise is relatively easy compared with, say, an overweight cat.
Making a commitment to schedule daily walks, or a run at the dog park or beach, is such a simple way to encourage physical activity and fat burning – combined of course with a food plan that results in more calories being burned than consumed (easier said than done, many people say, but it’s not terribly difficult once you have a plan!).
But it’s not just weight loss that people turn to a dog treadmill for. They can have a myriad of potential uses and benefits. Some reasons and purposes for using a treadmill with your dog include:
- Weight loss
- Energetic dogs that need more physical activity when indoors
- When you can’t go outside for a walk
- Extra exercise for apartment dogs with no backyard
So we know walking or running outdoors is the prime exercise goal for losing weight in a dog – but what if that’s not possible?
If you live somewhere that makes outdoor activity difficult during freezing winters, you naturally don’t want doggie to be piling on the winter pounds with inactivity.
That’s just one reason a dog treadmill is used – but there are others as well. And even dogs who aren’t overweight can and do use these nifty machines.
Yes, putting a dog on a treadmill requires great care and critically: a device that;s made to accommodate dogs safely. Not all dogs will take to using a treadmill, but with patience and persistence, your dog could be one of the ones who do end up using a treadmill regularly, and so having the ability to shed excess pounds, or just stay fit, any time of day and no matter what the weather’s like outside.
This guide will include reviews of all the available treadmills for dogs as of right now.
Below you’ll find a quick comparison table that I’ve put together to help you easily size up each option – there aren’t a whole lot of treadmills made especially for dogs, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still pay close attention to the one you might be considering to see if it’s going to suit your dog and the goals you have in using it!
There are two main styles of treadmills made for dogs: the traditional human-style treadmill that we’re all familiar with, as well as, not without controversy, the round type of exercise wheel (which is of course not really a treadmill at all).
I’ll be covering the pros and cons of each type in this guide.