A dog treadmill is an alternate way to help your dog get exercise.
You may use it as an owner for a number of reasons such as for dogs with lots of energy, or for when there is a major reason you can’t get outside at time to walk the dog yourself (a treadmill shouldn’t be a substitute for walking and socialisation though).
We’ve put together a dogPACER Minipacer Dog Treadmill Review, where we outline the features and potential drawbacks of this dog treadmill designed for small dogs.
You should get a good idea of whether it may be suitable for you or not.
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 Minipacer Dog Treadmill Review & Buyer’s Guide
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dogPACER Minipacer Dog Treadmill: Review
- A motorised treadmill made of carbon steel for smaller dogs
- Can support dogs up to 55 lbs
- Is portable
- Can be used inside the house
- Has preset running programs you can select
- Has speed range from 0.5- 7.5 mph with 0.1 increments
- The running area measures 16″ W x 38″ L
- The treadmill weighs 48.4 lbs
- The degree of angle is 4.5 degrees
- You can collapse that sides of the treadmill and store and fold it away
- Comes with an overhead bar, and an electronic display for Time, Speed, Distance, Calories and the different exercise programs you select
- Has 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.
- Not for bigger dogs over 55lbs
- For American outlets (110 volts), and not for international use with 220 volts
- The treadmill is not cheap
- It would be good if the treadmill had customisable exercise programs in addition to the in built ones
- It would be good if the treadmill beeped when going up a speed
- Overall, there are no major drawbacks to this dog treadmill. It is value for money for smaller dogs under 55lbs.
dogPACER Minipacer Dog Treadmill: Buyer’s Guide
Who Might The dogPACER Minipacer Be For?
- Small dogs under 55lbs
- Dogs with a body small enough to fit on a 16″ W x 38″ L running area
- Dogs who can’t always get outside to walk with their owners
- Dogs with lots of energy
Who Might The dogPACER Minipacer NOT Be For?
- Bigger dogs over 55lbs
- 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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