Iíve been advised to run my hyper dog on a treadmill
for exercise. What are your thoughts on this?
Exercising dogs on a treadmill seems to be a growing
trend, possibly because of television personalities
advocating it, or perhaps to just get some sort of use
from the dusty piece of exercise equipment, before its
final destination ó the yard sale.
the plus side, it certainly can provide a dog a good
cardio workout, but if it replaces other forms of
exercise, it may be at too great a cost.
dogís need for exercise goes far beyond just the
burning of calories; mental stimulation is important
too. If you take your dog out for a walk, jog or bike
ride, youíre stimulating his senses ó thereís so
much to see and smell. Regularly getting your dog out
into a range of different environments also ensures that
he remains habituated to the various sights and sounds
of your neighborhood, other people, and the activities
of life in the city.
time you take your dog out for exercise, you have
another opportunity to practice leash-walking skills.
Repetition is required to teach and maintain desirable
behaviors, and while exercising on a treadmill isnít
likely to create unwanted habits, it shouldnít replace
regular on-leash excursions.
point to consider is the "hyper dog"
description. Like a lot of folks, I like busy, active
dogs. My breed of choice is the Belgian Tervuren, a
herding/working breed with a ton of energy. Itís fair
to say that my dogs require a lot of exercise and mental
stimulation, but even the most hyper of dogs can and
should be taught how to relax. Teaching high-drive dogs
a bit of self-control is a must in my book in order to
peacefully live with them. A few simple relaxation
exercises can be easily taught to "calm" the
consider whether your dog appears to enjoy the
experience. Iíve seen videos of dogs gleefully
trotting alongside their owner on a treadmill, and
everything about their body language indicates they are
having the time of their lives. Iíve also seen footage
of dogs attached to treadmills exhibiting stress
behaviors ó tail tucked, ears pinned back and eyes
wide. If it is something you plan to introduce to your
dog, do it in a positive and encouraging way, with
plenty of supervision, and let your dog "tell"
you via his body language whether you should continue.
not forget about one of the greatest benefits to
personally providing our dogs with exercise: Getting
outdoors for a walk is good for us too.