Running Dog, Treadmill Hog

We all live hectic lives and having pets can make it even more hectic, so what’s a busy pet owner to do? I have recently been seeing a lot of people using their treadmills to help beat doggie boredom and exercise them at the same time. We all know that daily exercise helps reduce dog behavior problems, but many of us find it hard to fit that in between life, work and kids too.

Teaching your dog to run on a treadmill can be a fun training experience for both of you if done properly. While there are treadmills specifically made for dogs, such as Jog A Dog, which are quite pricey, you really don’t need to shell out the money for a dog-specific treadmill. In fact, you can pick up one for just a little money (less than $400) at Wal-Mart, or if you really want to save money, pick one up at a garage sale. It doesn’t have to have all the bells and whistles, your dog doesn’t care if it’s MP3 compatible or not!

Now for training….I won’t go into it as this video shows a pretty good example.

And if you’re really, really motivated, you can teach your cat to do it too!



One thought on “Running Dog, Treadmill Hog

  1. My husband and I are blessed with a boxer/shep/rott mix almost 2 years old. Needless to say, we cannot keep up with her and are seriously looking into getting her a treadmill. We are on a tight budget and were wondering what brand(treadmill)you would reccomend?

    Also, I would love to share more stories about our loving beast(Stastny) with you at


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