Dog treadmills can be a good option for some dog owners and their dogs for a number of reasons.
One thing to note with dog treadmills though is that they are generally designed for different sized dogs.
In this PetZen DogTread Small Dog Treadmill Review, we go over the main features and potential drawbacks of this treadmill designed for toy/small sized dogs under 30lbs.
Let’s take a closer look at it!
(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)
PetZen DogTread Small Dog Treadmill: Review & Buyer’s Guide
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PetZen DogTread Small Dog Treadmill: Review
- A dog treadmill designed for small dog breeds and small spaces inside the house
- For small dogs up to 30lbs
- Has a running track of 29″ L x 14″ W
- Has speeds between 0.3 to 5.0 MPH – you can increase and decrease them
- Has different pre set training modes available
- The motor is a 90 v dc/.5 HP motor
- Has two incline options – 0% and 14%. You adjust the incline with a flip bar
- Has a Recessed Treat Holder
- Has a Remote Control
- Has a LCD display Screen
- Has Safety Start and Stop
- Has Transportation Wheels
- Has a Training Guideline Brochure and Instructional DVD
- The treadmill itself weighs 47lbs
- The treadmill can be folded up and stored away
- American Pet Association A+ Approved
- Comes with a 90-Day Parts and Craftsmanship Warranty, and *30-day Money Back Guarantee – you should check the conditions of both of these prior to ordering
- The price seems very expensive compared to other small dog treadmills
- The warranty is extremely short – it should be several years and not 90 days
- The run speed range could go higher
- Sometimes an error code shows on the display – not sure if this is an electronics issue, a defective issue or something else
- Overall, there are better small dog treadmill options on the market that offer better quality and value for money. You might like to check out the dogPACER Minipacer or GoPet PR700
PetZen DogTread Small Dog Treadmill: Buyer’s Guide
Who Might The PetZen DogTread Be For?
- Toy and small sized dogs up to 30lbs
- Dogs who can’t always get outside to walk with their owners
- Dogs with lots of energy
Who Might The PetZen DogTread NOT Be For?
- Medium and bigger sized dogs over 30lbs
- 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.
Also note that a doggy treadmill is not a substitute for daily outside walking, exercise and socialisation of your dog – it is a complement or supplement to 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 a barrier on the sides and front of the running area to keep the dog enclosed on the treadmill running surface.
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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