It looks like sales for doggie treadmills are steadily climbing, according to a survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association. They found that 3 million dogs regularly use treadmills.
It might seem strange to some, until you discover how and why doggie treadmills are used. While the first thought might be to say, ‘why don’t you just walk your dog’, the answers behind it aren’t so simple.
Some owners have multiple dogs and just can’t walk 3 or 4 dogs at one time daily. Other owners are elderly or injured and can’t keep up with their dog, so an inside treadmill is handy. It is way to still provide the dog with the exercise and mental well-being it needs even if the owners are ailing.
The benefits of a doggie treadmill are the same as for humans’ better health, weight loss, exercise, and getting those endorphins going. This is especially true of dogs who spend a lot of time in cages.
In an Associated Press article, dog trainer April Suhr of Las Vegas points out how she feels that dogs would be more adoptable if they were able to regularly use a treadmill:
It’s easy for a dog in a shelter to go cage crazy. They pace. They don’t focus. They bark. They won’t eat. They won’t make eye contact. That’s why the gym is so good for us when we are stressed out. It puts our endorphins to good use.
However, owners must purchase a special dog treadmill and never use a treadmill for humans since a “dog’s stride is longer and his body shorter than a human’s.”
Do you have a doggie treadmill? Would you ever get one? How many times a day do you walk your dog?
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