Teach your dog to walk on a dog treadmill!

Walking on a dog treadmill is great exercise for your dog!

When I got my last injury (an iliopsoas muscle pull) at an agility trial in January 2008, I had a lot of rehab to do to get back in shape for running agility again.

Mum helped me with lots of stretching and strengthening exercises, but she also taught me, a dog, how to walk on a treadmill to get additional exercise.

Even though I'm kind of scared of machines (like our Dyson and Mum's Sonicare toothbrush), the way she taught me helped me not be afraid of the treadmill.

Now I'm a treadmill walking machine and I love it!

Walking on a treadmill is great exercise for dogs, like in the dead of Winter when it's too cold for a walk, or during the extreme heat of Summer. It's no substitute for a nice long walk, run or hike, but comes in real handy when I need my exercise and can't get outside.

You can train your dog to walk on a human treadmill (or a dog treadmill), just like I do. It's easy...so sit back and learn how!

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Teach your dog to walk on a treadmill!

Before Mum taught me to walk on our treadmill (it's a human treadmill) she got a few tips from friends and from various websites. Here is what she learned and utilized to help me learn...

  • Place the treadmill so the dog isn't walking into a wall (Very important! We quickly learned this from our first vid, and moved it pronto!).
  • Use clicker training if your pup is clicker trained.
  • Start by having the dog get up on the treadmill (without it running) to get used to being on the machine - and click, and treat!
  • Do this for however long it takes for your dog to be VERY interested in being on the treadmill.
  • Then, have your dog stand or sit near the treadmill, and turn it on.
  • Have your dog get used to the sound a few feet away from the treadmill, click and treat, and continue until the dog is comfortable.
  • Put your dog on a leash.
  • If your dog is light enough to pick up, I recommend starting the treadmill at a very slow speed, and them placing your pup onto the treadmill using a treat as a lure. If they are big dogs, have the dog stand on the treadmill as you turn it on at a very, very slow speed, also using a treat as a lure to have them walk forward. Praise them, praise them, praise them!
  • Your dog may be a bit frightened at first, but stay calm and say encouraging words.
  • Keep trying these steps until your pup is comfortable walking on the treadmill.
  • Stand next to your dog holding his/her leash taught in an upright position as they walk on the treadmill - simulating a walk alongside you.
  • If your dog is still uncomfortable, you may want to stand in front of the treadmill, holding their leash for them to be in the correct position, and use a treat as a lure to walk toward you.

Pretty soon, your pup will be a natural at walking on the treadmill. But please remember, always supervise your dog, and use a leash/harness to keep them centered on the tread for safety. And don't feed your dog one hour before or after rigorous exercise.

Mum has me walk at a pace of a good trot like you would see show dogs trot in a the competition ring. It's a good stride that you can see from the side, I am walking in my footprints.

Now that I'm used to it I walk on it about 20 minutes, two times a day, with a slow speed warm up and a slow speed cool down. Remember, I'm a working breed, so I am used to being very, very active. Have your dog walk on the treadmill from 5 to a maximum of 10 minute intervals to begin with, and increase the time very slowly, always watching them for any discomfort.

When your dog is finished walking on the treadmill, walk them around your house for a few minutes. Getting off a treadmill is very disorienting (you know how you feel when you get off the machine). Walking them around will help them get over their 'sea legs'!

Here are a few more tips:

  • Make sure your treadmill belt is the right length for your dog. For smaller dogs a human treadmill works just fine. But if you have a larger dog, like a Golden, you'll need a dog treadmill - the belts are longer and you need that to keep their stride natural.
  • To increase the difficulty for your dog and build more muscle, increase the incline on your treadmill. But make sure your dog can handle the extra 'load' and increase very gradually.
  • Don't have your dog walk on the treadmill at least one hour before or after a meal. Just like swimming, K?
  • Keep the treadmill clean from dog hair and drool. It's not good for the machine.
  • Make sure your dog's nails are clipped properly for their safety.
  • Have fun!

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Does your dog walk on a treadmill?

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  • I'd love to teach him/her
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Fun stuff! A cat's version of working the treadmill!

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invictus95 21 months ago

First of all, your dog is awesome, and second of all I've never seen a dog using a treadmill before, so this is pretty cool to see! I <3 dogs.

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Stephanie36 23 months ago from Canada

This would be great for dog owners! We tried putting our cat on the treadmill one time...he wasn't impressed. I would imagine it works much better for a dog.

brenda-gossett-77 2 years ago

This was a very informative , well put together piece that I know some of my canine clients will enjoy looking into .

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Squiggli 2 years ago

We tried walking with our Maltese a few years ago! He didn't care for it too much, and was actually afraid of it. However, I also know someone else who absolutely LOVES to walk their dogs on their treadmill!

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Stephanie36 2 years ago from Canada

We actually tried turning on the treadmill with our cat once...he was not impressed! Walking your dog on a treadmill is great, though, especially for when the weather is bad.

adoptionfirst 2 years ago

This is a great exercise idea for dogs especially for my dogs! Since I tend to have many dogs at one time it is hard to give them all the exercise they need so this would be a great alternative if needed! Thanks for sharing!

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socialcx1 2 years ago

Thanks, enjoyed your lens immensely.

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chrisilouwho 2 years ago

such cute videos

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JRsFavoriteFinds 3 years ago

Great lens! I have seen the Dog Whisperer use treadmills for dogs. Thanks for the "how to tips".

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anonymous 3 years ago

Great lens.

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mrdata 3 years ago

Cool lens! Thanks!

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DavidJH 3 years ago

What a lovely lense, about a great topic!

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khatha0808 3 years ago

I love two Corgis working together. So cute video.

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opatoday 3 years ago

Amazing thank you

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suepogson 3 years ago

Great! Bit sad that the cat treadmill is facing a wall though - wouldn't it be nicer if they could see something? Or is the point that they can't run off it? Your one looks much nicer!

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daisychainsaw lm 3 years ago

What a clever, lovely dog; looks like a collie, like my dog, they are very clever.

anonymous 3 years ago

Very nice lens :)

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JeffGilbert 3 years ago

Definitely a great thing for those winter months, especially for people who live out in areas where it gets very cold. However, I keep getting visions of George Jetson walking Astro. :) Great lens.

mwiener 3 years ago

This gives me a lot of ideas what to tell my daughter about taking care of her dog. Or, perhaps, I can just pass the lens to her. Thanks!

antonioknapp7 3 years ago

wow, never thought you can teach a dog to walk on a treadmill

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leesholden 3 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Haha useful but funny lens! Great video

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karen-stephens 3 years ago

I love the cat video.. ha ha

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BAMditty 3 years ago

I've always wondered how that would work out... Really cool that it works!! :D

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DesignSpace 3 years ago

....This is quite possibly the most awesome thing I've ever read.

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CynergySoftware 3 years ago

Oh this is so cool! But would make me even lazier then I already am :)

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amytrumpeter 3 years ago from Oxford

Wow, great lens! I didn't know that you could get doggy treadmills!

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viscri8 3 years ago

I should very well teach myself too to walk with a dog -- and THEN teach the dog to walk with me on a treadmill!

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Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

Hi paw to Johan!I think I need to get my cat Terra on the treadmill!

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Donallphin 3 years ago

I have a dog treat company and one of the most amazing thing I witness almost daily is the shear numbers of overweight dogs that don't get the opportunity to get proper exercise. Great lens. Very informational.

mistaben 3 years ago

Brilliant idea, Very fun lens, loved it =)

dellgirl 3 years ago

You really put a lot of thought into this, itâs very helpful and so informative! I learned a lot, thank you for sharing.

AnimalHouse 3 years ago

Treadmills are great exercise not just for humans but also for dogs. This help dogs to keep their body in good condition.

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jdeeze 3 years ago

My neighbors dog is obese, you best believe I emailed this great lens to him!

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amitsarkar lm 3 years ago

I think good lens...

jillian22 3 years ago

I'll give it another try.

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KatPalmer LM 3 years ago

Thanks for this lens. We couldn't get our dog to walk on the treadmill until we took your tip to move it so it's not facing the wall. Now she loves it!

luqman-ali-31105 3 years ago

it's great work

keri-dennisfulmore 3 years ago

Im so gonna try this.

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Petzard 3 years ago

HAHA... What a great exercise for dogs:) Woof!

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uneasywriter lm 3 years ago

I don't know how but my dog already seems to know how to do this. She loves walking on a treadmill. Good lens!

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greenqueen09 3 years ago from Australia

Thankyou! I will try teach my dog to walk on a treadmill.

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rooshoo 3 years ago

My sister's dog desperately needs to get on a treadmill. He's sweet but a bit on the chunky side! Great lens.

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Mr-Panda LM 3 years ago

I love the videos! I taught my puppy how to do this a few years ago, and she got the hang of it eventually!

anonymous 3 years ago

I like your Site very Informative..Lets Be Friends

patrick-j-hargis 3 years ago

Great Lens!!!

anonymous 3 years ago

Brilliant idea, and a wonderful lens!

MeandmyArrow 3 years ago

My dog won't even walk around the neighborhood--too boring we think. She just sits down on the road; would rather chase chipmunks when we walk in the woods! Not sure we'll make it it the treadmill but it sounds great for most dogs!

jimmyboy88 3 years ago

good, i don't have to walk my dog so often :)

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abarth76 lm 3 years ago

Good idea especially if you ave a very active dog.

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JonTempleton 3 years ago

That's great, but how about teaching my wife?

StephenObrion 3 years ago

First a treadmill... next is a skateboard!

ghoulfriend 3 years ago

Too cute! I wish my jack russell terrier would use the treadmill. She needs it! (Or maybe I do.)

Dianeyp LM 3 years ago

This would be perfect for those really cold days in winter!

dantheman098 3 years ago

i like that, sounds rather successful

FreddieHanger 3 years ago

I'll try to teach my dog this but I doubt I'll be successful... lol

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BillyPilgrim LM 3 years ago

Great lens - couldn't stop laughing at the dogs on the treadmill x

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anne mohanraj 3 years ago

interesting lens!

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bwet 3 years ago

what a hilarious lens. love it. never knew that there are threadmills for dogs!

RuralFloridaLiving 3 years ago

Very funny! Enjoyed reading your lens.

RuralFloridaLiving 3 years ago

Very funny! Enjoyed reading your lens.

anonymous 3 years ago

Great article! Very valuable tips on how to train our pooches to walk on a treadmill including getting on and off it, in regards to both their safety and enjoyment.

Once they get the hang on how to use it, they will get their exercise regardless of the temperatures outside in the comfort of their home.


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squidstorm 3 years ago

Awesome if you don't have a park nearby :)

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KimGiancaterino 3 years ago

I'm not sure our cats would be excited about this idea. They're more into toilet paper unrolling, like your cartoon! I salute any dog who masters the skill.

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suzy-t 3 years ago

Great Lens. Adorable written. Blessed and pinned to my SquidAngel page.

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ziggyzane 3 years ago

Good lens.

anonymous 3 years ago

Really cool lens! Definitely a good exercise for our pets!

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OliviaDaughter LM 3 years ago

Absolutely wonderful lens.

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poorwendy lm 3 years ago

Neat idea. Those dogs looks so cute running on a treadmill.

Jan_62 3 years ago

Love this lens and all the videos! it really put a smile on my face, thanks!

Aleayah 3 years ago

Check. I will surely try this on my pup.

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mysweetjane lm 3 years ago

I'm going to try this! One of my dogs def needs to lose a little bit of weight to get rid of the beach ball on legs affect

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chadwik05 3 years ago

Definitely going to try this!

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hntrssthmpsn 3 years ago

Awesome! I have a dog. I have a treadmill. I have to try this!

RykiBergstrand 4 years ago

Guess who used this simply to be more lazy? Yeah, this girl! haha

GRM 4 years ago

This lens is really cool. I had always wondered how dogs learn to walk on the treadmill, and now I know. Johann, Daizy says hi, and says she wants to learn too!

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sunny saib 4 years ago

good one,, hello johann! :)

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faber80 4 years ago

It's definitely a good exercise for our dogs.

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arcarmi 4 years ago

Cool! I was wondering if it would ever be possible to get my dog on the treadmill!

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JohannDog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@jennalee1374: Thank you!

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JohannDog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@anonymous: Good for you Mandee and your pups!

anonymous 4 years ago

I have 2 dogs, one is a regular treadmill LOVER! I have to fight for my own time on it! The other is just a year old and is still getting the hang of it but its GREAT! I have a small house and they get to burn off the extra energy they build up, as well as it being better for them than being sedintary. Not to mention I live in Sunny Florida, so often times its just too, too hot for a long walk or its raining! Treadmills have been a godsend for me and my pups!

PaulRyan 4 years ago

Prefer the cat version (below). :-P An interesting read though. :)

apuppyslife 4 years ago

Great lens! Will have to try this.

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jennalee1374 4 years ago

I am so happy to see people teaching others about clicker training and positive reinforcement! Makes me so happy! Great lense and I will definitely use the information :)

anonymous 4 years ago

My little havanese just seems terrified of the treadmill but I'd love to get him walking on it for those cold days.

neujunior 4 years ago

It's a great exercise not only for you but for your dog as well ...male dog names

Aleayah 4 years ago

I really like lense! super WOW

racko09 4 years ago

wow i like it :D

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LM 829917 4 years ago

woofy goog

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lunagaze 4 years ago

Great lens, I want to do this but I am just so worried something might go wrong and result in a dog with a broken neck.

anonymous 4 years ago

When we walk, she says Trot and then when I walk close to her, I think, she clicks and I get a treat. Iâm not sure exactly what sheâs doing yet but i hope to figure it out soon. There was my mat on the floor by the camera and I like running to my mat, because I get lots of clicks and treats there! And then on the jumps too, they are fun.

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Funny_Beekeeper 4 years ago

I might consider getting one treamill for my dog especially during the winter season when it's impossible to go on alk because of snow or bad weather. I like this lens, you gave me some great ideas how to spend time with my dog and how to keep him fit ;)

anonymous 4 years ago

This Lens was so enjoyable. Nice idea writing from the dog's perspective. I don't own any animals. We have 6 children combined the oldest being 14 and the youngest is 6 months. They keep us busy for now.

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jordanmilesbask 4 years ago

Wow, I should try this with our dog TyTy.. Great Lens!

Please come and visit my lens - http://hubpages.com/animals/cute-pet-dog

tifanny1bt 4 years ago

Dogs skills and abilities is increasing from generation to generation. Who know we might teach them to use the computer. :-)

Great lens by the way. Good Luck.

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JohannDog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@anonymous: Fixed, thank you!

anonymous 4 years ago

These 2 links don't work:

Step by Step Treadmill Exercising Guide For Small Dogs

Training Your Dog To Use The Treadmill

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MGuberti 4 years ago

I can't believe you can train a dog to do that!

athena2011 4 years ago

Aww, I used to have a cocker spaniel named Murphy so your lens reminded me of him. I have never even thought of trying to teach any of my dogs to run on a treadmill. Perhaps that's because I've never owned a treadmill. What a great way to let your animal get some good exercise. Gave you a squidlike.

anonymous 4 years ago

Poncho just tried it enjoyed it.

JoshK47 4 years ago

Great idea, and a wonderful lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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DominicWoodfield 4 years ago

great lens

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bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

This has often occried to us, especially on very cold and inclement days! What a great idea and good directions!

anonymous 4 years ago

Our dog walks 2 miles a day on a treadmill along with me. No leash. He just loves the tread mill.

Edutopia 4 years ago

If you or the dog can't get out as much as you should then getting them their exercise inside on a treadmill can be just as good.

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queenofduvetcover 4 years ago

This is a great way for dogs to exercise! Excellent lens =)

Lindrus 4 years ago

Too funny. Too weird.

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krakensquid 4 years ago

Very fun lens, enjoyed it! :)

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JohannDog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@anonymous: Glad we could help Jen, and thanks for keeping your pups experience a positive one!!!

anonymous 4 years ago

I unwittingly acquired a very high energy dog recently and had heard Cesar Millan recommend the treadmill to help drain the extra energy. I got on-line and bought a treadmill but was curious to know what the steps were to getting her on the treadmill and working her up to a reasonable workout. This website had the best step-by-step instructions and I've had good success with the early training so far. I'm very thankful that you've taken the time to help the rest of us out with this information.

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JohannDog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@jadehorseshoe: We don't recommend tying the leash to the handbars on the treadmill, much too unsafe. You'll notice in my video that even though he's on leash, I am holding it the entire time for safety and control.

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jadehorseshoe 4 years ago

A calm cat is easier to teach than a frisky dog. Almost strangled the dog, when I tied a short leash to the handbars; he was not happy.

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gemjane 4 years ago

Interesting! Had no idea anyone had thought of this! Very clever! I love the cat workout cartoon!

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JohannDog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@flycatcherrr: You would definitely need to get a specific doggie treadmill in xl for your greyhound, fur sure! Tread length is very important for a natural stride :)

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flycatcherrr 4 years ago

Clever, clever Johann - that looks like great fun! But I cringe to think what length of treadmill I'd need for my biggest male greyhound... he's going to have to do without, I'm afraid. :)

SteveKaye 4 years ago

We have a cat.

anonymous 4 years ago

This is such a helpful idea. Have active dog. In the summer it is too hot here to get her out enough. I want to try this with her. Didn't know where to start. Thumbs up to you. Very nice and helpful lens.

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Mariajomith 4 years ago from pa

great idea, my daphne needs to walk 2 miles everyday, i call her my personal trainer.

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favored 4 years ago from USA

My dogs used to lay on the treadmill, but never worked out on it. Now my kitten on the other hand has discoved the bathroom tissue treadmill like in your cartoon. Believe me after several ruined rolls, it isn't as funny. We now have to hide the tissue paper :)

h2ofs1 4 years ago

Seriously lazy..... but great idea :) love this lens

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flashgordontags1 4 years ago

Haha! Love the two corgis on a treadmill.

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norma-holt 4 years ago

Another great doggy lens. Hugs

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LDWorld 4 years ago

This is funny :)) excellent information!

Philipuk1983 4 years ago

lol my dog just barks at treadmills, wont go near it

TheGreenHornet 4 years ago

haha very funny stuff. A dog on a treadmill is a little sad - but if you are in a city this is a great way to give old yeller exercise.

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marlene3 4 years ago

I really enjoyed reading your lens. You did a fantastic job!

Just amazing! Thanks

ErHawkns7100 4 years ago

Great idea. Passing this on to an overweight corgi.

aquarian_insight 4 years ago

Loved your lens. Our German Shepherd used to hate the treadmill, now he is addicted to it! He looks so cute running on it and wagging his tail. We had some guests staying with us last year and they had never even considered the idea of a dog running on a treadmill! So they took lots of photos and apparently they showed them to everyone in their local gym!

jeffn516 4 years ago

Very cool lens. My 9 year old purebred mutt seems to have boundless energy. This is perfect for rainy days and just to take the edge off of him a bit before I head off to work. Thanks for the tips!

anonymous 4 years ago

nice, this is perfect for Bentley since it rains all winter where we live

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rog99 4 years ago

Just amazing !...Thanks for Sharing,

Regards, Roger

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Veveric 4 years ago

I have seen people train a dog with a long leash and a bicycle but I have never seen that anyone training his dog on a treadmill. It is fun and interesting. Great lens!

333ideas 4 years ago

I think teaching a dog to walk on a tredmill is a great idea. Then he/she can get exercise even when it's raining or you don't feel well enough for a walk. It can really be helpful for dogs who's owner lives in a place that is not sutable for a good walk or run. Great page. Visit mine sometime; www.squidoo.com/anything-to-save-a-buck

anonymous 4 years ago

I have a collie/lab mix. she would be great doing this to burn some energy.

kyhillbullies 4 years ago

This lens was great! Loved it!

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ananimoss2 4 years ago

I never heard of this until today. I can't even do treadmill very well. It was a lot of fun watching. Great lens!

seedplanter 4 years ago

Ohmygosh, what a fun (but practical) lens! Maybe your dog should give us humans lessons on how to walk on a treadmill. I've seen more exercise bikes and treadmills for sale at garage sales. Great topic - one of a kind!

NidhiRajat 4 years ago

again reading it..its amazing

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AmyTK9 4 years ago

What a great lens! Thank you for sharing and being so informative on teaching your dog to walk on a treadmill! I used to have a small dog who loved the treadmill.

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TheGourmetCoffe 4 years ago

Dogs are amazing, they can learn so much from loving dog owners. Always willing to please. Great lens!

davidcam 4 years ago

I will start teaching my dog from today...thank

whitewarhorse88 4 years ago

So funny videos very entertaining, great lense!

mzareen 4 years ago

I only have an elliptical. I don't think that would work. I just made a page on my dog Kyle.

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Shoputopian 4 years ago

What a great lens I'll have to see if I can get my dogs onto a treadmill...

NidhiRajat 4 years ago

amazing information and nice way to teach your dog....

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miacarter 4 years ago from SW Florida

Nice tips here! Well done.

lindawllm 4 years ago

Wonderful info. I will try out with my dog.

Aleayah 4 years ago

Interesting lense.. love love!

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jaredsgirl 4 years ago

I absolutely love this lens! Very cute and entertaining!

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StudioElysee 4 years ago

Awesome lens!! My dogs are clicker trained and I have been wanting to teach them the treadmill for a while. Thanks for this lens!

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agoofyidea 4 years ago

Amazing lens. I never knew dogs could do that. I think my bassets would like to sleep on the treadmill.

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Asinka 4 years ago

Never thought about this one, simply great ...

computer_repair 4 years ago

If I can get my baby cocker spaniel to run on our treadmill it would be cute.

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WorkitSmart 4 years ago

You have got to be kidding me.. This is hilarious!

We live in a golfing community and I've seen some of my older neighbors ride around in their golf carts with 'Spot' trotting alongside.. but the treadmill idea brings it to a whole new level. :)


jansfunnyfarm 4 years ago

Enjoyed leaning how to use - or not use, in at least one case, how to walk on a treadmill.

EasyHiker 4 years ago

This is one thing that every owner should be taught - how to make one's pet dog fit. Many don't even get outside with their dogs and letting your dog go overweight is tantamount to ill-treatment. Dogs need to exercise too, much like humans!

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KellydeBorda 4 years ago

Love this - since I injured my knee, I can't take my dogs for the walks they need. I get the kids to do it sometimes, but ... well, you know kids, they aren't always dependable. I've just bought a treadmill to help me rehab, and am looking forward to teaching the dogs to use it too. Thanks for all the great tips.

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ProsperityNow LM 4 years ago

Wow such a great lens! I have a Corgi that is overweight and I tried to get her to walk on the treadmill and she would have no part of it! Your lens has inspired me to give it another go! Please stop by my lens http://www.squidoo.com/natural-remedies-for-dogs-a... and say hello.

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SandyMertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

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Nice lens! Exercise is great for both humans and dogs!

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Always wanted to teach my doggy to walk on a treadmill :)

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Diana Wenzel 4 years ago from Colorado

I don't have a dog at the moment so I also enjoyed the cat version of treadmill exercise. :-)

TopTenLists 4 years ago

cute lens but take your owner outdoors for some fresh air!

Shyxter 4 years ago

Great lens u got here!

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zblessedlife lm 4 years ago

Awesome Lense you have here, and very informative! Come check out B.F Material Breeds sometime! Thanks and have a blessed day!!

anonymous 4 years ago

Even if your dog an injury does not mean that it is end of his career in exercising has to end. Treadmills are actually good for stretching muscles once again and making dogs able to do even light footwork. We must not be afraid to try out new technological innovations since they can help us improve your dogsâ health and body conditions as well.

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jeremyh1 4 years ago

Why would anyone want their dog to walk on treadmill. Its really stupid thing to do. What if the dog gets hurt.

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KANEsUgAr 4 years ago

great lens, great ideas, dogs are soo cute.

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CarynJSwift56889 4 years ago

good dog,funny video~

Chip_Westley 4 years ago

I'm e-mailing this to my dog!

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nucmed lm 4 years ago

I found this lense very entertaining. Check out my lense on Denver - The Guilty Dog too

djroll 4 years ago

This is a terrific lens. Loved how you showed the dog's reaction in the beginning and then its progression. I have to try this.

arrogantwriter 4 years ago

I love this lense!

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LisaMarieGabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Wonderful! Blessed today! :)

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love to see your lense.,,.

anonymous 5 years ago

Nice lens and very humorous!

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Murphypig 5 years ago

it's good to get rid of pent up energy, but I hope people realize that it's no replacement for for a proper walk, which bonds the human and dog and stimulates the dog a lot more...!

anonymous 5 years ago

Great lens, us dawgs should stick together, check out my flyball lens, great agility needed. lol

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I LOVE this lens :) It certainly does deserve its purple star!

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patriciapeppy 5 years ago

My daughter has two pit bulls that love walking on the treadmill. They actually stand on it and wait for her to turn it on.

CoCoPonky 5 years ago

I haven't tried this, but definitely want to. This would be great too for older people who have an active dog with a lot of energy -- as long as the dog is supervised well. Anyway, nice lens.

pwarlick 5 years ago

Great way to exercise your pet.

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MamaBelle 5 years ago from United Kingdom

This must be so handy. Great lens!

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chrisqw 5 years ago

Very enjoyable. Thanks!

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muyenp lm 5 years ago

great creativity in creating this lens!

DebtHarassmentLawyer 5 years ago

A friend's Labor-Doodle learned the treadmill very quickly. The Labor-Doodle is eager to please. I've seen still photos of a trainer walking a Bloodhound on a treadmill in order to keep him in shape. Whoever trained a hound to walk a treadmill faced a much greater challenge. LOL

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Retro Loco 5 years ago from USA

I love this lens, it's so cute!! Thank you making me smile!!! ~Vicki~

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Epic-Noob 5 years ago

This is so awesome...

anonymous 5 years ago

love it!

Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago

Good to teach the dogs to walk on tread mill...cool lens!

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JohannDog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@hodges2121: We are firm believers in crate training; a dog's crate is their safe place!!! But here are a couple of additional ideas: You can use bells on your outside door and teach them to ring the bell when they have to do their business. http://www.keepdoggiesafe.com/dogdoorbell1.html

Or you can work with clicker training (we love clicker training) to help your dog better understand they are doing the 'right' things! Here's a little vid: http://www.ehow.com/video_2321088_use-clicker-hous...

Hope those ideas help! Keep us posted, K?

hodges2121 5 years ago

Any advice for potty training besides the putting the dog in a cage?

mockingbird999 5 years ago

That's pretty cool. That dog's in better shape than me. :)

fibo777 5 years ago

I enjoyed the lense. Although I do not have a dog your instructions are very clear and if I have a dog one day I will surely teach it how to walk on a treadmill. Thanks a lot.

graphicdesigngeek 5 years ago

now a video with the rocky theme with them walking, lol

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JenniferP1 5 years ago

The only problem with this is my dog is used to walking outside for the purpose of going to the bathroom. I don't even want to imagine what a mess that would be on the treadmill!!!!

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Susan300 5 years ago

What a great idea! You explained the training process very clearly. Thanks!

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ben-teen 5 years ago

Woof woof! I should show my Gran this - she has a border collie who is really hyper and needs long, long walks every day. Maybe she should just get her a treadmill :)

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firstcookbooklady 5 years ago from Minnesota

Woof-da.. I am inspired.

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Bookmama2 5 years ago

Wow, I had no idea you could teach a dog to use a treadmill. It's impressive, but since I have 3 dogs and use their need for walks as motivation to get my butt out the door, I probably won't try it myself. Still I LOVED the video and will be lensrolling to my dog tips lens. Thanks for sharing. Your dog is very lucky!

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crazycuriosity 5 years ago

I give you 5 woofs out 5 woofs. I just updated a post on my dog and have a vote on your favorite dog video. Add one of yours to vote.

Oliversbabycarecouk 5 years ago

Wow that's great - great videos im gonna try to teach mine :)

anonymous 5 years ago

Call me old fashioned, but I wouldn't stick a dog on a treadmill. Just like for us humans, being outside in the fresh air has benefits not gained by being on a treadmill.

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Philippians468 5 years ago

i have never thought it possible, now i know better, thanks to you! cheers

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gezzyka 5 years ago

My dog loves to walk on the treadmill--it's a great way to still get him some exercise on days when I'm sick or the weather's just too awful for our usual two walks of the day (he's a Lab, so he has lots of energy).

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choosehappy 5 years ago from US

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twisted-barfly 5 years ago

I tried to teach my Miniature Schnauzer to walk on a treadmill but he had NONE of it. The Labrador did though, although only for a few seconds. I no longer have a treadmill but I'd love to have another go at teaching him one day!

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michelgf lm 5 years ago

Good lens friend, tanks.

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JohannDog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@thetruthtosixpackabs: For a big one like a Newfie, you would definitely need a dog treadmill, xl!

thetruthtosixpackabs 5 years ago

Nice lens but my newfoundland is so big I don't know if she will fit on the treadmill.

hershel01 5 years ago

This was very informative, i loved it, thanks for sharing!

fadibody 5 years ago

This is definitely a great lens!Thanks for the share!

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anonymous 5 years ago

I got my chiweenie to walk on the treadmill without a lead! He waits for me to get on & just walks next to me for a good 10 minutes!!! At first, I used the leash & attached it to the treadmill handles, but he wasn't having it. Then I just let him get down, I got on it myself & encouraged him to join me...and he did...on his own!!!! He's the best little guy ever :)

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Krafick 5 years ago

Nice lens. Can monkeys do it?

JodiVee 5 years ago

That's pretty cool. I wonder if I can get my dog to try this out. First step: getting a treadmill! lol


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EbizTaxTips LM 5 years ago

LOL, think this will work for cats too? My Bosco kitty is getting fat!

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christopherlee lm 5 years ago

nice pot, thank.

RBUK 5 years ago

Many thanks for sharing this excellent Lens, it is definitely one of my favourites within the Pets & Animals section. I will definitely be keeping track of your future Lenses and hope to see much more from you. Thanks and have a great day. Ryan: My Blog

free-ebook 5 years ago

Yes If you are a true dog lover you will understand the need of exercise for your dog as they become older, but on thread mill is at least not my cup of coffee.

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jackieb99 5 years ago

Wow...that's quite the accomplishment

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lilymom24 5 years ago

I've seen dogs on treadmills on the Dog Whisperer and often thought that it would be great for my dog. Nice to see that cats like it too..lol. =)

sig2k30 5 years ago

dog and bernard bear take some exercise on treatmill

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infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

With my current knee injury walking Finnigann has been tough.He needs to run every day being a lab he loves water and snow.I think I can train him on our treadmill going to try this slowly as he is still only 3 months and growing into his feet which are like snow shoes.Thank you for the great vids and other information I will use it wisely.

thescubadude 5 years ago

This a really brilliantly written lens! Would you consider doing a guest post for our dog products website blog? I could pay you modest amount for an article.

doghighschool 5 years ago

Great article, i will try to get my dog on a treadmill, these are some more great dog articles I found

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clouda9 lm 5 years ago

Johann wtg! is overcoming your fear of the treadmill, I'm sure Buba, my dog, would be freaked out. You sure have shared a lot of helpful information for all dog owners.

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anonymous 5 years ago

@TreasuresBrenda: Very informative article on dog treadmills..Dog treadmills provide a way for us to provide our dog with exercise even when the weather is bad or it is inconvenient to take them out for a walk.Thanks for sharing this article keep it up

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TreasuresBrenda 5 years ago from Canada

Fantastic lens; great video. (Perfect choice of music, LOL.)

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MikeEssex 5 years ago

Wow, I wish my dog would do that. Must take a lot of hard work!

livingfrontiers 5 years ago

Thanks for the positive plan to getting your dog on the treadmill, and for the great videos!

stefalex 5 years ago

Very informative lens, thanks for creating it!

anonymous 5 years ago

I like this lens, but i prefer to walk my dog out side. That is just me. Great job on the lens.

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Jhangora LM 5 years ago

To be honest I don't have a dog, but found the lens very amusing and informative.

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Akitajitsu 5 years ago from California

Great lens - a treadmill would be perfect for a high energy dog.

moorecaroline 5 years ago

Great Lens, might try this out, we have a very energetic dog!

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tvyps 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Cool lens! Interesting stuff!

mckaly 5 years ago

i think ill save my money to bey one and get my dog in shape

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ElitePoetz LM 5 years ago

I'd love to get my dogs on a treadmill. They've grown quite lethargic in their old age.

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surviving-2012 5 years ago

This is a lot of fun! My dog is fat and lazy and could use the exercise.

tintin79 5 years ago

Such a good lense and big topic, so many dogs brought up in the city are so lazy so they need as much exercise as possible. :)

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OhMe 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Johann, you sure are great on that Treatmill. I enjoyed your video.

Attention_Getter 5 years ago

Cute...My dogs all walk on the treadmill and they are all pretty good at it. Just have to be careful about the instant stop thing with one of my more 'treadmill challenged' dogs. She went flying off the front one time when it accidentally got instantly stopped. Other then that I love working on the elliptical while they are on the treadmill!

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Carole11 5 years ago

This is great that you were able to do this. I appreciate it more and more all the time that I spend teaching my dog just to do normal dog stuff. It took a lot of time to teach my dog to walk on a leash, much less a treadmill.

discusfishguy 5 years ago

great lens. We don't have a treadmill, but I am sure my bichon would love to run on one if we had it

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Mrmakingusmile LM 5 years ago

Good info. Thanks for making me smile.

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DoggDaily 5 years ago

This is great. My dog Tessie won't jump on but my 4 cats are truly fascinated by the treadmill.

CR2000 5 years ago

Cool !!!

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Carole11 5 years ago

You make it look so easy to train Johanna to use the treadmill. I know how tough it's got to be though...my dog would say "No Way!"

anonymous 5 years ago

cute lens....

TMC3  5 years ago

Cool lens. Thanks for the great tips.

ShamanicShift 5 years ago

My Tortoise Cat colleague walks with me, well strolls, on a leash. I doubt she'd go for the treadmill. But, what a great idea for doggies!

kt_glasses 5 years ago

interesting stuff!

anonymous 5 years ago

Wow ~ I just added a puppy mastiff to our family and we live where it rains a lot ~ This is such a great idea for me!!! Wonderful lens by a very loving and patient trainer. I've added to my favs and will return for tips, thanks!

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jbdkz 5 years ago from Cleveland

Very cool.

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turner-bob 5 years ago

very nice! woof!

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Paula Atwell 5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Really interesting concept, and why not! I always learn from Johann. I will be passing this on to dog owners I know. :)

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bodhivic 5 years ago

Good lense! I wish I would have seen your lense before I taught Roo to go on his treadmill.

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rewards4life info 5 years ago

That'd be great to teach our two to walk on a treadmill. Your lens is fantastic, and it provides some useful tips on the subject. Thanks a lot!

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JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Hi, Johann! This is wonderful! I like to take my humans out for a walk at the park when the weather is nice, but would like them to use their treadmill when the weather is not so nice! I'll show this lens to my human mom so that I can learn how to use it. I'm sure they will want to get in shape, also, when they see that I can do it! :) Thanks! ~ Angel, the Golden Retriever

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VarietyWriter2 5 years ago

Funny :)

SofiaMann 5 years ago

Treadmill may be a good alternative but I prefer the rides together. Great lens.

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RecipeSquid 5 years ago

The title really got me. This dog is giving me inspiration to use my treadmill :) Dogs doing treadmills and their own lenses as well...wow!

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capriliz lm 5 years ago

That is great! I need to train my cats to walk the treadmill. You must be a very patient animal lover.

anonymous 5 years ago

I was thinking about getting my dog a treadmill. This info will really help! Thanks!

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anonymous 5 years ago

i have tried and failed with getting my dog on my treadmill but this has inspired me to give it another try

anonymous 5 years ago

Great lens and great videos! Looks like your dog is a lot like mine! I've been thinking about treadmill-training him.

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JohannDog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@anonymous: Thank you for your comments Justin, but I have to respectfully disagree. Through a wide variety of rehab activities, we do know the importance of warming up, and always start slowly on the treadmill, build up speed gradually, and then slow the treadmill down for a time for cool down. Then once off the treadmill walk around the house for further cool down, as we outlined in the recommendations above.

Nowhere do we mention to leash your dog to the treadmill and leave them. That would be extremely dangerous and we would never, ever recommend that. My Mum uses a leash on me FOR safety, while she is holding it and standing beside me the entire time I am on the equipment. She would never want me on a treadmill, harnessed or leashed or even unattended, without her having complete control for my safety with a leash.

This type of treadmill is very suitable for a small to medium sized dog, and you will notice above that we do recommend a dog treadmill for a larger dog because the tread is longer to accommodate them.

anonymous 5 years ago

Attaching your dog to a motorized treadmill via a leash is extremely dangerous, it can easily result in breaking the dog's neck. Advertising this as a training method is beyond unwise, it's inhumane.

Dog's SHOULD NOT RUN ON A MOTORIZED TREADMILL. They should only being placed on carpet mill's, and attached via the proper harness (a dog specific mill will come with the appropriate harness), which will typically involve a body harness that is secured from a point directly above the dog to reduce horizontal strain.

In addition to this, keep in mind the effort we humans go to when running on a treadmill, we stretch before and after, we cool down slowly as to not cramp - all these are necessary when a dog exercises as well, and I highly suggest rubbing their muscles down after exercise to increase blood flow and reduce the chance of cramping.

Ever seen your dog tentatively lifting it's paw up after running around? That's a charlie horse, just like we get them, and they hurt. Don't cause you're dog pain when it can be easily avoided.

anonymous 5 years ago

I'd love to get my dogs on a treadmill, very interesting lens.Now maybe I'll be able to use some of the tips from here, great lens.

martialartstraining 5 years ago

What an interesting lens, i was surprised to see the cats on the treadmill too though i suspect they were only on there by choice

anonymous 5 years ago

Oh my gosh... always said I wanted to teach my dog to walk on a treadmill. I wish I would have found this site before. I have lensrolled your lens to my Raising a Natural Dog, lens. Great job, keep giving us more great info Johann

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LadyelenaUK 5 years ago

Excellent Lens, great Tips - Enjoyed reading it.

TransWealth 5 years ago

LOL @ give me some woofs :-P Very witty indeed hehe!

Your lens really indicates that you are very knowledgeable in canine rehabilitation, overall exercise, and health. There is tons of information here, the vids really help to explain how to get your dog on a treadmill. I agree completely that while there's no substitute for walking your dog outside, the next best thing is to walk them on a treadmill if the weather is bad. This releases a lot built up tensions and stress in your dog. Puts them in a calm submissive state (like Cesar says :-P). Great Lens, Kudos!

BTW very creative the way you wrote the beginning of the lens from the point of view of the dog :-D

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GuyB LM 5 years ago

Can you teach my dogs to do that move from the "Here it goes again video" where they are dancing on like 4 treadmills? If I could start training them soon, I could have the routine done by Christmas. Then I'll be the center of attention instead of my dumb cousin Russell and his stupid family. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

buckwheat  5 years ago

Thanks we all need to get in shape! I am a climber myself. My dog would be too if I could get him up the ropes!

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It's a nice post. I really like the way you teaching your dog and i also want to teach my dog to walk on a treadmill! It's an awesome stuff for me to do. Thanks for sharing these beautiful tips. Keep blogging."

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christian-book-man 6 years ago

Cute ! This could be fun for my little dog

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PromptWriter 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

Greetings! You have a lovely lens and it has been blessed.

dogbuddy 6 years ago

What a great idea! We can dangle a bone instead of a carrot--smile.

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Airinka 6 years ago

Has anybody tried this :)?

burgesspetcare 6 years ago

Excellent lens with great information. Keep up the good work.

belaweb 6 years ago

Good way to exercise your dog :-)

anonymous 6 years ago

Love the dog videos...first time hearing about using a treadmill for rehab purposes! Sounds pretty cool... :D

c_moi 6 years ago

When will humans start using treadmills? Then we will become more and more like our canine friends. Or is it the other way round?

JacobStein 6 years ago

These videos are great. Thanks.

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ohmydogsupplies 6 years ago

My one dog needs something like that as he has tons of energy.

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JollyvilleChick 6 years ago

Sounds like a great way to exercise the dog (and get some use out of the treadmill!) 5*

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Jack2205 6 years ago

Our German Shepherd Dog walks on a treadmill when the weather is too bad to go outside to exercise.

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FromMyKitchenTa 6 years ago

We just got a treadmill and we're trying to get Bert interested. LOL Not so much. Our JRT, Jazzy is loving it though. Will be adding a video to MyDogBert real soon. Nice lens.

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AshleyBretting-MS 6 years ago

Love this - lens rolling with Houndsville :)

loganadrian 6 years ago

interesting. didn't know this can be done.

Dad-The-Lad 6 years ago

I wonder if I could get away with taking my dog to the gym with me? Great lens.

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JohannDog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

@ttsupra: That's great news! Congratulations.

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ttsupra 6 years ago

Now this is something i have just tried after reading this interesting lens, and wow its working! my lab is loving it.. Not sure why i have not tried this before? Proberly because the tread mill has not been out in over 3 years and we have on had "lucy" the lab, 2 years now.

We thanks for the great info and maybe once lucy has had enough i might decide to have a go.. Thanks for making my day lots of fun..

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estellaeffects lm 6 years ago

Didn't know you could teach a dog lol

SylviaD 6 years ago

Now, if I had a treadmill, I'd certainly use your instructions to teach my Tyler to use it, even without my supervision. :-)

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Charlino99 6 years ago from USA

This is wonderful. Both my golden & I need to get on a treadmill! Great lens.

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ingridpalmer 6 years ago

great lens. The things you can teach a dog to do is amazing

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Gypzeerose 6 years ago

I don't have a treadmill, but it inspires me to adapt Buckwheat's exercise since I am physically challenged right now. One thing I am doing is hooking his leash to my belt so that I can walk him hands-free. It makes for some strange looking walking but he doesn't seem to care. :)

Oakley_TheGoldenLabrador 6 years ago

LOVE your website! And I most definently am going to try this out with my dog Oakley. Especially durring the winter where I live, it gets way to cold out for me to take him out twice a day on a long walk. This might really come in handy!

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mosaic lm 6 years ago

I didn't realize dogs walking on treadmills was such a big thing. Before you, I had only heard of one person doing such a thing. She's a vet, so vet approved!

anonymous 6 years ago

Excellent lens, I found it very informative; for those of us who are specifically looking for top rated treadmills, I recommend thorough research on the different brands; one general tip is to visit your local gym.

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VladimirCat 6 years ago from Australia

Glad to see you're back on deck, old son

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FromMyKitchenTa 6 years ago

This is just what my dog, Bert needs. He's a Corgi and a bit of a couch potato. Could probably teach my JRT, Jazzy to do this in a second and then he would follow her. Thanks for the great info and check out Bert at http://MyDogBert.com and his lens too please. :0)


anonymous 6 years ago

Great Lens! I have a very high energy two year old German Shepherd and she is needing more activity to keep her from going crazy. I have heard about using a treadmill but I always wondered how in the world people get their dogs to walk on it. Thank you for the info and the videos really help. Thanks again from one dog lover to another!

chr1s 6 years ago

HAHAHA I love it!! Im teaching my pooch how to walk on a treadmill as soon as i get home

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lasertek lm 6 years ago

Great lens! Will try this to my dog. Hope I could successfully teach him how to walk on the treadmill. Thanks for sharing Johann the dog.

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Gypzeerose 6 years ago

You are obviously a caring pet owner.

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anonymous 6 years ago

This is a good lens for pet owners to see for great information and fun!



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SoyCandleLover 6 years ago from Henrietta, New York

Great info so I've posted this lens as a featured lens on my newest http://www.squidoo.com/my-chocolate-labs-bad-eatin... Oh, and I rated 5 *s, Fav and lensrolled, too. Thanks so much!

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ingridpalmer 6 years ago

Good Lens, funny too. At least you know your dog will be healthy.

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deepakeapen lm 6 years ago

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jptanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

Funny - loved the cats! Good idea for when you just can't walk your dog outside.

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EpicFarms 6 years ago

What a great lens; I don't have a dog, but I do have 10 horses (somehow, though, I don't think we'll try THEM on the treadmill... :o) Nicely done!

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CoolFoto 6 years ago

Great ideas here.

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JohannDog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

[in reply to mitchking] Hi Mitch - you know that some dogs require much more exercise than some people can capably do with their dogs. Take me for example: I need at least four miles of walking a day, plus running around in the backyard and more. Some days it's just too much for my Mum. We don't think it's a substitute, just a good addition to a regular exercise program for your pup. Thanks!

mitchking 6 years ago

I am sure this is great for making sure your dog gets to walk no matter what the weather. But when so many people do not get enough exercise maybe they should stick to walking the dog themselves.

bestfriendspets 6 years ago

Hi JTD. Thanks for treadmill tips. I was just recently in conversation with someone who was inquiring about this very topic. Stop by some time.

toppooch 6 years ago

Looks like the dog in the video enjoyed the treadmill and the cats were enjoying it also. I loved the fitness video the best.

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JohannDog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

[in reply to Medicinemanwriting1] That's cool I look like your DeeDee. I hope I bring back all the great memories you two shares :) Woofs, Johann

Medicinemanwriting1 6 years ago

Wow!!!!! I just got chills down my back. Thought I was seeing DeeDee my deceased dog. Got her when she was 8 weeks old and she died of a brain tumor at 14 years old in 2006. Johann the Dog looks just like DeeDee, and her movements and behavior seem to be exact. They both have the little white tips on the back feet, the white spash on the chest, and the tiny white tip on the tail. Although DeeDee had small white socks on the front feet. I have photos of her if you would like to see them, I could e-mail them to you.

Great lens. 5***** and thanks for this.

Joan4 6 years ago

Amazing! I cannot imagine our dogs walking on a treadmill, but I would sure love to try it!

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skgandbbtk lm 6 years ago

Good lens, please check out my lens whenever you have a chance. My lens is about how to stop dog from barking.

anonymous 6 years ago

Nice articles, however if you want to learn more about dog training please visit my lens. Just click on my name to get there

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Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

Wow, I can't believe you can teach them this. How about cats? My Mom's cats are incredibly chunky. Nice work!

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StrangeConversa 6 years ago

Funny stuff!

anonymous 6 years ago

Excellent Lens. 5*

If you get a chance check out my Instant Stress Management lens.

anonymous 7 years ago

Good article. With some patience you can teach your dog to walk on the treadmill.

anonymous 7 years ago

Johann you are so lucky to own such a lovely, clever Mum to help you work out all this stuff. I know you would probably work a lot of it out on your own, but it's great to make us humans feel clever isn't it?

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KadabaCo 7 years ago

Hi Johann! I was asked if I really knew a dog that walked on a treamill and I gave them your squidoo lens name! I hope they come visit! This is a great lens! 5*

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Adrienne Jenkins 7 years ago

Love your lens, Johann. I've rated it *****, lensrolled it and included it as a featured lens on Tennis Ball Launchers and Tennis Ball Machines for Dogs

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ashroc 7 years ago

Brilliant lens, lots of good info. well done!

lovebrownchimp 7 years ago

Very interesting I did not know there was such a thing.

megageek 7 years ago

Hahahah, i like these treadmills for dogs ! I did not know they even exist until now ! Great product and great niche ! Lots of ideas here on squidoo. Please consider this site for adults treadmills http://www.treadmillsfitness.net and let the adults lose weight too ! (:

Cheers !

anonymous 7 years ago

What a great lens and interesting information. This is great for those who live in a congested city.

P9ner 7 years ago

My dog loves to run, so I imagine she wouldn't need too much encouragement to get up on a tread mill...

anonymous 7 years ago

My mom says that putting my dog on the treadmill(shes a border collie) is torturing her; can you correct her please and explain how her being a border collie(one of the most energetic dogs) is fine.

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JohannDog 7 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

[in reply to tristencutie90] You just have to take it super, super slow. I recommend clicker training to help you. This is what I would do, even though I admit I've only trained my own dogs. Start with you and your pup about four feet from the treadmill, click and treat. Move very gradually closer to the treadmill, clicking and treating over many days. Then move back to the four or more feet and turn the treadmill on, gradually move closer and closer till they are used to the noise. This may take a couple of weeks, working several times a day. Then turn off the treadmill and work with your dog on it without it being on. They have to really love being there before you even begin to turn it on and have your dog go on it.

Then do the steps I described about either picking up your down and gently placing him/her on it, or leash them up and make the treadmill go super slow. Try these and if it doesn't work - I would say that maybe it's not that important. Some dogs just can't handle.

anonymous 7 years ago

my dog is to afraid of of the treadmill. ive tried so hard to teach her its not a bad thing,but she still wont get on it!somebody help

rydigga 7 years ago

Excellent lens. I've heard that treadmill training is great for dogs, my former canines didn't but into it :) Thanks for sharing.


TrainingDogs 7 years ago

Just voted 5 stars for this very informative lens! Good work! I had no idea that you could so easily train a dog to use a human treadmill.

Note to other readers: I follow Johann the dog on twitter, and it's great fun to do that. Give it a try!


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JohannDog 7 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

[in reply to singaporehosting] A beach sure does sound nice, but when it's 9 degrees like it is today where we live, Johann just can't get a good run in, even in our yard. It's too cold. So he loves running on his treadmill! He'll run over to it and bark, just so I'll turn it on for him.

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singaporehosting 7 years ago

Poor dog! Are you sure he enjoy the treadmill? Dogs love open space, just let them enjoy themselves at the beach seems to be a better idea :)

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Wendy L Henderson 7 years ago from PA

Very cool lens.

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Animalover42 7 years ago

What an awesome and inspiring lens. I have tried to get both of my dogs to get on the tread mill without success. I will give it another "whirl".

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AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

What a great lens! Hope you are fully recovered from your injury now......

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CoolFoto 7 years ago

Great idea for dog owners! 5* and lens roll to http://hubpages.com/animals/dogpets .

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CoolFoto 7 years ago

Great idea for dog owners! 5* and lens roll to http://hubpages.com/animals/dogpets .

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BeautifulGreenB 7 years ago

Who woulda thunk? Thanks for breaking it down, our pooch loves the vids!

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JohannDog 7 years ago from Northeast Georgia Author

Thanks! About nails: If you keep your pups nails trimmed, and make sure to keep them centered on the treadmill when it's running, I wouldn't have a concern for nails. Take is slow, make it positive, always be cautious, however! And keep a watchful eye.

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PromptWriter 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

This is a totally fabulous lens. I'm definitely going to try this. Any concerns about nails?

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SunnyDee LM 7 years ago

All I can say is wow! This would be great for pet owners who like to multi-task and need to give their pets an opportunity to exercise. As I was reading and watching, I was wondering if I could get my cat to do this...then I saw the cat video at the end. So funny, they seem to like it a lot! Great and unique lens, thanks!

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