When buying a dog treadmill, you want to get one that is designed for the size and weight of dog you have.
There are both treadmills for smaller dogs and larger dogs, and the dogPACED LF 3.1 is one such treadmill designed for dogs of all sizes.
In this dogPACER LF 3.1 Dog Treadmill Review, we take a look at the main features and drawbacks of this treadmill so you can get a better idea of whether it’s worth your money or not (note that a treadmill shouldn’t be a substitute for walks outside and socialisation though).
Let’s check it out!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
dogPACER LF 3.1 Dog Treadmill Review & Buyer’s Guide
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dogPACER LF 3.1 Dog Treadmill: Review
- Designed for dogs from 1 to 179lbs
- The speed range of the treadmill is 0.5- 7.5 mph, with 0.1 increments
- The degree of angle on the treadmill can be changed with various settings – Setting 1. 5 degrees, Setting 2. 6.5 degrees, Setting 3. 7.5 degrees, Setting 4. 9 degrees
- Has a 71″ L x 16.5″ W running surface
- Has a quiet motor – 1.5 HP (Peak) motor
- The treadmill sides can be folded and the treadmill can be stored away when not in use – making it portable and storable
- Dimensions when folded are 42.28”L x 22”W x 8.5”H
- The treadmill weighs only 84.4 Lbs
- Comes with pre-set running programs for your dog
- You can also manually set a speed
- Has an overbar and a digital board to set speed and settings and read treadmill information
- Comes with a manufacturer’s warranty on parts and craftsmanship and a lifetime warranty is provided for the frame. Check these warranties and conditions + duration at time of purchase though – as it may change and might be different through third party sellers.
- For American outlets (110 volts), and not for international use with 220 volts
- The treadmill is not cheap
- Because of the price and because it has a motor, you will want to make sure you get a guarantee on the conditions and length of the warranty before you buy to cover yourself
- Some people express that the belt can sometimes seem a little uneven/not flat enough that a roller underneath the belt can be felt through the belt. Make sure this is not the case when you receive the treadmill, and that it feels flat enough for your dog to walk or run on
- Overall, the treadmill is worth the price for smaller to larger dogs. Just make sure before you buy that your warranty covers you in case there is an issue with the motor, electronics, belt, frame or rest of the treadmill
dogPACER LF 3.1 Dog Treadmill: Buyer’s Guide
Who Might The dogPACER LF 3.1 Be For?
- Small to large dogs between 1-179lbs
- Dogs with a body size that is small enough to fit on a 71″ L x 16.5″ W running area
- Dogs who can’t always get outside to walk with their owners
- Dogs with lots of energy
Who Might The dogPACER LF 3.1 NOT Be For?
- Big dogs over 179lbs
- Injured dogs or dogs with health conditions that could be made worse with walking or running on a treadmill
- International dog owners outside the US
Potential Benefits Of A Dog Treadmill
- They can be used inside so the weather outside where you live doesn’t matter when it comes to exercise using the treadmill
- Good for preventing obesity related problems
- Good for potentially decreasing vet bills as a dog that exercises regularly might be in better shape
- If your dog is an allergy sufferer, an inside treadmill can be a good option for exercise compared to going outside
- Treadmills can be a good for owners who are sometimes time poor
- Treadmills can be good if you live in an area where late night walking might be less safe (as your dog can get exercise inside at night)
- Dog treadmills can be good for those with smaller living spaces and without a backyard
Should My Dog Use A Dog Treadmill?
Ask for a professional vet’s advice on whether your dog should use a treadmill.
Dogs with injuries or health conditions may not be suitable.
Make sure you read any instructions that come with the dog treadmill, so you know how your dog can use the treadmill safely.
It’s usually best to not leave your dog alone on the treadmill and to supervise them when they are using it.
Will My Dog Be Comfortable Using a Treadmill?
Some dogs may be comfortable straight away, whilst others may take time to get used to it.
Treats and rewards based training to use the treadmill can work well.
This treadmill has an overhead bar, so, as long as you supervise the dog while they are on the treadmill, you can put them in their harness and leash and attach the leash to the bar, and start the treadmill on the lowest speed and gradually build up as your dog gets more comfortable.
Eventually, they may use the treadmill without the leash/harness if you consistently use some type of positive reward based training.
Some dogs may even love a dog treadmill because they love the exercise. But, be careful not to over exercise them.
In rarer instances, you may have to get a professional animal trainer in if your dog refuses to get on the treadmill at all.
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