By Kathy Santo | Updated: June 1 2019
Our love of elevating our (and our student’s) dog’s fitness levels with treadmills is well known, but the “why” of it isn’t. Here’s a few of our top reasons:
When you walk your dog, your speed changes all the time! When he stops to potty, or sniff, or when you stop to talk to someone, that causes a “stop and start” type of exercise, which means he doesn’t keep his heart rate up for a sustained period of time. But on a treadmill, your dog keeps moving!
When the outside temperatures or weather conditions are less than ideal, the weather IN your home or apartment is usually perfect!
If you have a nervous or reactive dog, or if you live in a busy area, you can eliminate the distraction of cars, traffic, and busy streets by getting your dog’s workout done inside!
By modifying the speed and incline, you’ll change your dog’s body and mind!
I’m not implying that I do “TV hair and makeup” before I take my dog out for a walk, but there are things that I would do to look presentable (like wearing mascara and choosing a matching outfit!) before leaving the house that might not do to stay in.
A treadmill designed specifically for dogs has shock absorbing platforms, which means less stress on their joints than when they run on concrete/pavement!
The hundreds of things that prevent you from taking your dog out (You/your kids are sick, kids are napping, no one to watch the kids, a repairman is at the house, you’re waiting for a delivery, you don’t feel up to taking a walk) don’t come into play when your dog can get his workout on a treadmill.
Fearful, reactive, or aggressive dogs don’t have to miss out on the all important exercise pice of their behavior rehabilitation!
In the initial phase of working out, frequent, short, and slow initial sessions (that are distraction free, and in the comfort of your own home) help your dog get through his exercise requirements.
DID YOU KNOW: Pet Obesity Association reports that nearly 52.2% of all dogs are overweight.
When you’re introducing your dog to the treadmill, you’re helping him become confident, and creating a “coach and athlete” type bond.
Once your dog has been trained on the treadmill, you can workout next to your dog (stay close and supervise him!) so you both can get in shape!
Kathy Santo has spent her entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with her own dogs, she has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.
In Ramsey, Kathy teaches classes, private lessons, and oversees the training of her student’s dogs using her extensive knowledge, experience and intuition to handle problems from the benign to the serious. Her engaging personality has won her the respect and friendship of her many students, who now consider themselves part of her extended family.