Training your dog to use a treadmill will require a lot of patience and perseverance. Always be careful not to push him too hard when getting started as he might immediately develop a fear of the treadmill. Be careful because if your beloved pooch immediately installs fear and develops a dislike to the treadmill, then he may never get comfortable enough and enjoy using it.
To help a scared dog to walk on a treadmill, start training by getting him to get used to the treadmill by standing on it while turned off. Always remember to incorporate positive things to the treadmill so he will not develop more fear in using it. Every time your dog accomplishes something, reward his good performance by giving his/her favourite treats.
Some dogs will immediately get right up on the belt. Others will be extremely resistant. If your dog is reluctant about hopping aboard, step on and off the machine with him first. Repeat this practice, give him treats and praise each time he gets off until he gets interested and comfortable enough in getting on and off the treadmill himself.
Getting your dog comfortable enough with the treadmill may take a while but it’s the most important step. You wouldn’t want your beloved pooch to incorporate a negative experience to the treadmill! Once your dog gets comfortable, turn the treadmill on and bring him close. Let him observe the moving treadmill before putting him on it.
After getting your dog to run on the treadmill, finally put him on his leash. Remember to start at a very slow pace with no incline, and do not forget the praises and treats! While holding your dog’s leash, stand next to him as if you’re walking in the park. You can stand in front of the treadmill while holding the leash and encourage your dog to walk towards you.
Initially walk on the treadmill with your dog until he gets comfortable and accustomed to using the treadmill. Always make sure to keep your dog leashed or harnessed while running on the treadmill to ensure that he stays centred on the moving belt.
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