PetZen DogTread Dog Treadmill, Up to 30-Pounds, Small
- Dog-specific treadmill designed for the way a dog learns, thinks, and moves
- Open Stride low-profile running platform reinforces and aids in proper gait form
- Programmable Speed ( 0-5 mph), Distance and Time; Pre-Program Workouts
- Durable, portable, SlimLINE design Saves Space on its side or nose
- Run Area: 30x14 inches; Product Dims: 44 x20x21 inches; 47 lbs; Some Assembly
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The Small DogTread Dog Treadmill by PetZen is perfect for small breeds up to 30 lbs. Are you searching for a solution to your dog’s behavior and fitness needs? DogTread by PetZen is the Answer. Small and whisper-quiet the Small DogTread by PetZen was specially designed for the specific anatomical and behavior needs of small breeds. Quiet and vibration free, DogTread features a unique natural low-profile running platform with integrated console which helps make Treading easy and fun to learn for small dogs. When your dog is ready, increase training intensity and simulate outdoor terrain to develop strength and endurance with a 1-step easy flip-bar incline adjustment (no bolts or hooks to remove). Portable, space-saving, and constructed of high quality materials and workmanship DogTread by PetZen provides years of use and helps you establish the recommended 30- 45 minutes of brisk walking your dog needs daily regardless of weather, time or physical restraints for optimal health and longevity. DogTread has proudly been recommended by the countries top Veterinarians and Trainers. American Pet Association 5 STAR Approved. Electronically Certified - ETL Listed. As a general rule weight can be used to determine the best size, but not always. To be sure your dog has enough room to perform a health stride perform our SureFIT DogTread Gait Check.
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- You can use it flat or at an incline
- It looks nice and can easily be put up against the wall when not in use. I was thinking about just getting a full sized treadmill (so we could share!), but this is much more compact, aesthetically pleasing, and convenient.
- My dog LOVES it. He can't wait to get on it when I go to pull it down into position. Of course, he ends up getting a lot of treats while he's on it.
- It has two little wells at the front where you can place a treat every once in a while to keep the dog motivated. It's very convenient, especially when you're starting out.
The not so good:
- I had some problems with the belt when I first got the treadmill- it kept shifting to one side. Apparently all you have to do is tighten one bolt and loosen another to get the belt to stay perfectly in the middle. It took a couple tries, but it's fixed now and I haven't had any problems since.
- I think the treadmill might be a little too short for my dog. Its perfect at low speeds, but once we reach a fast-ish jog/trotting speed, I get kind of worried that my dog is going to slip off. My dog's front and hind legs are only about 18 inches apart when standing still, but obviously this distance increases when he's walking. If he stays perfectly in the center of the treadmill, he's fine. But it gets kind of iffy if he gets a little distracted and slides a couple inches toward the end. He's slipped a couple of times, but without any damage whatsoever.
- There is a learning curve for the dog. My pup jumped right on it the first day and was walking nicely at a low speed for half a minute before he got bored and tried to jump off. Luckily it was slow... But after a while, slowing increasing speed and time, I have no problems. I've had it for a couple months now, and my dog is completely fine. This will probably happen with all treadmills.
Overall, this was a great purchase. The price is totally worth it to be able to exercise my dog when the weather outdoors is not cooperating.
My previouse dog jogger was easy, flip a switch, turn on, turn a dial to time it and set speed.
speed set could be kept the same at all tmes so all you had to do was turnthe timer knob.
Also a great supplement to walks and other types of exercise. Our dog absolutely loves it.
1. I thought the assembly instructions were awful, but it might have just been me. It took me forever to understand the first step. I ended up putting it together the way I thought it should have been put together, which wasn't exactly according to the directions.
2. I had to go to an external site to find what kind of dogs should use a small treadmill, or what it was rated for. The maximum weight for this unit is 30 pounds, but that's not the only criteria to use. According to the site I found, this unit is rated for Shelties (as well as for smaller breeds), but I think a Sheltie should actually be on the medium unit.
3. The packaging. Lord love a duck. There was a box, then a box within a box, within a box. You know those Russian nesting dolls? I think I ended up with four boxes. I still haven't broken all of them down.
I would recommend that anyone considering buying a treadmill for their dog check out some Youtube videos. The way I got my Sheltie familiar with it was to put food on the belt, encourage him to jump on, and then feed him once he was there. Once he was familiar with the treadmill (one day), I started it slowly. He picked up the walking right away, although I still give him a piece of kibble every minute and constantly encourage him. He's up to 15 minutes, twice a day.
Even with all its annoyances, I'm really glad I got this treadmill. It seems sturdy and powerful enough to last, my dog loves it, and he's walking every day.
UPDATE: My Sheltie is up to 30 minutes a day, twice a day. For once, he's getting the exercise he needs. Can't wait until he gets weighed at the vet.
UPDATE #2 - 8/15/11 I regret to say that my darling dog needed a bigger treadmill. This treadmill is rated for dogs under 30 pounds. I honestly thought Flash was under 30 when I bought it. Oops, he was 38 pounds. I gave this one to the owners of a little terrier, and he's having a wonderful time. My dog has gone on to a human treadmill, and is up to three sessions of 35 minutes each per day. He's lost 5 pounds, too! But I'm so glad we had this one to start with.