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hey guys,

i tried to find a thread about treadmills but didn't quite find what i was looking for.

I'm thinking about conditioning Sasha. To start off i would like to buy a treadmill.

Is there anyone out there who has one and could give me some tips as to how you introduced your dog to the treadmill?

i'm interested in one online, but it's $490... which from what i can see, isn't a bad price, but i'd like to know a bit more about them before i rush into it. :D

so any tips guys????

thanks!
 

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what is the mill you found?

and depending on what results youre looking for there are different mills that do different things..
The introduction should be no more than getting a nice working harness or carting harness, putting it on, putting the dog on the mill, and letting go (or standing in front and teasing).. from that point you will find out what you need to do. She could take to it right away,, or you might need to tease, treat, or praise your way through it.. you wont know until you try. and remember the hand walk for cooldown.. rainy days we just do laps through the house :)
 

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what is the mill you found?

and depending on what results youre looking for there are different mills that do different things..
it was advertised in a local trading post online:

Dog/ Pet Treadmill/ Walking Machine - Calamvale - QLD - $ 495.00

that is the link :)

well Sasha has a partially torn CCL that her vet said she will be okay with using a treadmill because it happened a while ago and she seems to be absolutely fine running around on it in the backyard. Having said that, i go for a jog every day and i would love to take her with me, BUT if she becomes uncomfortable and wants to stop then i would have to stop my jogging and probably carry her since she is a sook :D

i thought having a treadmill may be better for her because i can just stop her when i see she's had enough etc..
 

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here is one I had looked at but I ended up just using my grandmothers old treadmill and my boy loves it. I just stay close for encouragement and to speed it up or slow it down depending on his signs :) But this one is a bit less that your price you stated.

Grand Carpet Mill - furniture quality exercise treadmills for dogs!

If you are handy, you can buy the plans to build your own here:
Revolution Carpet Mills
thank you for the link however i'm from Aus so may cost a s**t load for shipping haha

i was thinking about just jumping on Ebay and buying a second humans treadmill lol would i need to build anything on to support her aka the harness or anything?
 

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Until I get enough money for a mill I scanned craiglists for a cheap treadmill the help in the meantime
 

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OH NO lol sorry I should have realized that. yeah shipping would cost a bunch and you might want it before next year lol. Probably get stuck in customs and mark you as someone to watch out for with that equipment ;) lol

Here is a vid of my boy on an old 1990's treadmill I have. Some people use harnesses, but I use his collar and keep the leash slack to catch him in case he loses his footing but not enough to constrict him.


To get started I would say "treadmill" and go to it while off, and just ahve him stand and smell it. I would give him cheese and praise for reward. Did that a few times throughout the night. The next day I said treadmill and he hauled ass to jump on it, lol. I then attached him to the leash and told him to get ready and turned it on the slowest function ever. My boy caught right on. I kept it super slow for a couple days, like 5-10 minutes tops. Then I gradually increased the speed. The video has mine at top speed. Told you it was old, lol. I always have a word for when I am turning it on so he is not surprised. Good luck! Just lots of praise and cheese and stick close by in case anything happens. (oh just make sure they use the bathroom before you put them on it. Hasn't happened to me, thank goodness, but I have heard stories, lol) Good Luck! My boy really enjoys it and then has a nice long nap, lol.
 

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Thanks for the advice everyone!

Haha that is soo damn cute!! Looks like he loves it!

Well i think i might go the 2nd hand treadmill first and see how i go.

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thank you. He does! Good luck!!
 

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Here's what I'm working on.....

Here is what I've been working on this weekend. I spent some time researching and figuring what I'd need first. I have about $150 (and plenty of time) invested in building this. If anyone has any questions or would like more detail on what *I* did, just let me know and I'll be happy to help.

In the first photo below you can see how I attached the PVC rollers to the wooden core that I made (recessed screws) and how I drilled through the ¾" axle and used a roll pin inside of a groove that I cut out to keep the axle attached to the wood core of the rollers. There is a shaft collar on the other side (not pictured) that keeps the axle in place (doesn't allow the roll pin to fall out, in other words).



Here's what it looked like without the cross braces or laminate covered wood floor installed. I have some thick pieces of elastic and used that here to check the tracking of the rollers - I spun them up to 850 rpm with my drill. It tracked pretty good. The REAL key to tracking is going to be the DOG running straight. In testing this thing myself with the carpeting installed, it's not difficult to run kind of sideways (holding onto something off to the side of the mill will cause this!) and make the carpet run off track.



And here's how it looks now. Figuring out how to iron the seaming tape onto the carpet with it installed turned out to be impossible. I had to disassemble it most of the way to make that happen. Pain in the butt! I have to use my heat gun to re-melt some of the seaming tape. Other than that, I need to attach legs (once I figure out the correct angle), put some sides on it (3/8 inch plywood or similar will be perfect), and put the harness brace on it. Elevating the front end of it is definitely the key to making it work correctly.

 
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