GoPet Dog Tread-Wheel Videos!

January 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hi everyone!  In as a followup to our PetRun Dog Treadmill Video Roundup Post, today we’re going to share some videos of dogs running on GoPet Dog Tread-Wheels!

(GoPet CG 4012 Dog Tread Wheel)

(GoPet CS 4814 Dog Tread Wheel)

(GoPet CS 6020 Dog Tread Wheel)

(GoPet CG 4012 Dog Tread Wheel)

(GoPet CS 4814 Dog Tread Wheel)

(GoPet CS 6020 Dog Tread Wheel)

(GoPet CG 4012 Dog Tread Wheel)

Don’t forget to check out Fido Gets Fit for all your Dog Tread Wheel and Dog Treadmill needs.

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PetRun Dog Treadmill Videos!

December 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Hi everyone!  In today’s post, we’re just going to share some videos of dogs running on Pet Run dog treadmills

 

(PetRun PR700 Dog Treadmill)

(PetRun PR700 Dog Treadmill)

(PetRun PR700 Dog Treadmill)

(PetRun PR700 Dog Treadmill)

(PetRun PR710F Dog Treadmill)

(PetRun PR710F Dog Treadmill)

(PetRun PR720F Dog Treadmill)

What Are Interactive Dog Feeders And Why Do I Need Them?

December 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s meal time!  Your dog is very excited and can’t wait to chow down the food you provide, and the bowl is empty before you know it.  While most pets eat out of a bowl, it is worthwhile to investigate using an interactive dog feeder instead.  Interactive dog feeders come in different types, shapes and sizes.  Some of these make it more difficult to get food out and some make it easier but all still provide mental stimulation and let your dogs work for their food.  Some are also chew and fetch toys where a treat comes out when they fetch, thus combining meal and play time.

An Interactive dog feeder such as the Aikiou Interactive Dog Feeder is beneficial over a dog bowl for several key reasons.

Dogs are born with a natural instinct to hunt for their food in the wild, which is not surprising given their history that traces back to the wolf.  They always had to work for their food, and spent the majority of their time and energy on a given day doing just that.  Even today, there are many dogs bred specifically for hunting.  While it may not be easy to let a bunch of creatures loose in your home for your dog to hunt, your domesticated canine can still exercise his natural instinct to work for and seek his food with the help of interactive dog feeders.  This mental stimulation is as important as keeping them physically stimulated, which you are already doing with your daily walk or some time on your dog treadmill.  Having your pups work for their food challenges them and provides a great sense of accomplishment at the end of their meal.  They will also appreciate their food more, and not take for granted that it will always be given to them with no effort on their part.

Keeping their mind busy and active in such a way helps minimize their undesirable behaviors such as aggressiveness and outlets for boredom such as ripping your socks and shoes, digging through the garbage, catching and eating birds or squirrels in your backyard.  Combine mental stimulation with physical stimulation such as exercise and you have a happy and satisfied dog at the end of the day!

The other very important use for an interactive dog feeder would be simply to slow down the eating speed for dogs that might gouge down their food like every meal is their last.  Since your dog has to work for each piece of food, it will naturally take longer to finish their meal.  A slower eating pattern with smaller bites will reduce chances of health issues such as chocking, gagging, gas, vomiting and more serious, potentially deadly issues such as bloat, and instead aid in better digestion.

The above reasons are just some benefits of using interactive dog feeders to keep your dog interested in their food instead of the more traditional way of using a bowl to feed your pet.  To mix things up, you could even try using different types of interactive feeders!

To browse our interactive dog feeders, dog treadmills, healthy dog food, and other great dog products check out our online store!

Dog Treadmill Training in Three Easy Steps

November 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Training your dog to use and enjoy his or her dog treadmillis easy and straightforward, but does involve some patience on your part.Stage 1 – Getting Your Dog On The Treadmill

Start training with the treadmill in the off position.  Bring your dog over to the treadmill and let them sniff and investigate the machine at their leisure.  Once they seem satisfied, walk onto and off of the treadmill with them several (at least 3 times).  Pause for slightly longer each time, to make your dog realize that this is just a piece of furniture and nothing to fear.  If your dog is very hesitant to follow you onto the machine, you can use a treat to coax them on.  Simply lead them onto the treadmill with the treat and relinquish it while they have all 4 paws on-board.  Repeat this process until your dog is comfortable standing on the non-moving treadmill.

Stage 2 – Walking

Once you can get to your point that your dog will stand on the treadmill without hopping off, get them on the treadmill and then start the belt at it’s slowest setting.  While doing this hold your dog (or his leash) and encourage them to walk.  They are likely to be confused at first, but do your best to keep them on the treadmill, not letting them off until they are calmly walking for 10 seconds or so.  As soon as you have 10 seconds of success, praise and reward the dog, then let them off.

Take a break for a few minutes, doing another fun activity such as playing fetch or even giving your dog a belly rub.  Whatever they enjoy!

Now repeat the whole procedure, this time for a 20 second treadmill walk.  Keep incrementally increasing the time until the dog is comfortable walking for a few minutes at a time.

Stage 3 – Jogging

If you have your dog comfortably walking at a slow pace for several minutes, the hard part is over!  Now simply raise the speed gradually to a pace where your dog is comfortably jogging.  You can encourage them by standing in front of the treadmill and praising.

As the days go by, it might help to keep a journal of the current speed and distance, so you are sure to increase either factor gradually.  Just like for human runners and walkers, going too far or too fast when your muscles are not used to it can result in injury.

Things to Keep in Mind

Never leave your dog unattended on the dog treadmill!

Take your time.  If your dog is really hesitant about the experience, go very slowly and make sure they are as comfortable as possible before you advance to the next step.

For more dog treadmills, tread wheels, and other products, check out our online store!

Is a dog powered tread wheel right for you?

November 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you want to exercise your dog indoors, a great alternative to a dog treadmill is a dog tread wheel (otherwise known as a TreadWheel).  Unlike a dog treadmill, a tread wheelis completely animal powered!  It takes the concept of a hamster wheel and super-sizes it.Since there is no motor, the wheel will not start to turn unless your dog starts to walk.  Fido controls the pace and can go as fast or slow as they want.  The units do come with tension controls that lets you increase the difficulty for your pup.  Think of it as simulating the extra challenge of running up a hill.  The lack of motor will also avoid scaring off any dog that is sensitive to unfamiliar noises.Once trained, you can often leave your dog unsupervised to hop on and off the tread wheel as they want.  If they seem like they have the energy to run all day, now they can!  It’s the perfect alternative activity for a dog that might otherwise spend it’s days tearing up couches or getting into other trouble.

GoPet tread wheels come with a cushioned, durable running surface that will protect your dogs paws and last a long time.  All three models (CG4012 for Toy/Small Dogs, CS4814 for Small/Medium Dogs, and CS6020 for Medium/Large Dogs), also come with a training door, which helps you to confine your pet inside the tread wheel while training.  Training, of course, should be a supervised activity.

It is imperative that you get the right size tread wheel for your dog.  A tread wheel that is too small might cause an unnatural arch in the back which can lead to injury.  If you have any doubt, buy the larger size.

Like treadmills, tread wheels are a great supplement to your standard walking schedule for dogs that have extra energy.  They can also be used as an occasional replacement for a walk in the event of inclement weather.

There are also many unfortunate cases where dogs have socialization issues and cannot be walked regularly due to safety concerns.  While we advise working with a professional behaviourist to work on the problem, a tread wheel can be a great temporary alternative to the walk, while you work on getting your pups issues resolved.

If you have any questions regarding dog treadmills or dog tread wheels, please contact us at Fido Gets Fit.  We would be happy to help!

Dog Treadmills vs. Human Treadmills

October 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

While there are certainly some dogs that successfully run on a human treadmill, we recommend a dog treadmill for the safety and comfort of your animal(s).

Dog Treadmills, such as the PetRun brand have the following advantages over human treadmills:

  • Since dogs run on 4 legs, not 2, they generally need a much longer running surface to safely jog without risk of falling off the treadmill.  Dog treadmills come with various belt sizes to accommodate any dog.
  • Dog treadmills are built with the strides of your canine in mind, and are therefore more stable as they run.  An animal running on a human treadmill might notice the machines instability (shaking while they run) and stop running.
  • Most models of dog treadmills have some sort of side fencing in order to keep your animal on the treadmill and facing the right direction.
  • PetRun Dog Treadmills in particular have a very low step on height.  This eases the transition from walking on the ground to walking on the treadmill.
  • When first training an animal to use the treadmill, it is important to start the belt moving as slowly as possible.  PetRun treadmills can run as slow as .5 MPH, where as most human treadmills start at 1.0 MPH.
  • Dog treadmills are generally quieter than human treadmills, so your dog won’t get scared off from the loud noises.

 

PetRun Dog Treadmill Model Comparison

September 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Are you struggling to determine what model dog treadmill is right for you and your pet?  Please see the chart below for a comparison of the various models and sizes of PetRun Treadmills that we feature on FidoGetsFit.com.

PR700

PR710F

PR720F

PR720E

PR725

PR730

Gradual Start

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Low Step-On Height

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Push Button Controls

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Manual Incline

NO

NO

NO

YES

YES

YES

Folds Upright

NO

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

Dolly Wheels

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Remote Control

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

Display Panel

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

YES

Attachment For Toys

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Side Fencing

NO

NO

NO

YES

YES

YES

Unit Weight

81lbs

101lbs

123lbs

198lbs

224lbs

331lbs

Maximum Dog Weight

45lbs

88lbs

132lbs

132lbs

176lbs

363lbs

Running Area

28” x 16”

42” x 16”

52” x 16”

52” x 16”

71” x 16”

98” x 25”

Maximum Dog Length*

18”

28”

34”

34”

47”

65”

Speed Range

.5 to 8mph

.5 to 8mph

.5 to 8mph

.5 to 8mph

.5 to 10mph

.5 to 10mph

Motor Size

1hp

1hp

1hp

1hp

1hp

2hp

Price**

$530

$699

$849

$1024

$1134.00

$1984.00

* We recommend a treadmill running surface with a length at least 1/3rd longer than the length of the dog.

** Prices are as of this blog posting and may change at any time.  Visit our official store here, or click on the model numbers above to get current pricing on any model treadmill.

As you can see, the number one factor in determining the right model for you and your dog is their length.  These units will all accommodate significant weight (Let’s hope there’s not too many 363lbs dogs walking around!), but the animal must be able to make a full stride and not risk falling off the machine.

If there is any doubt about what size is right for you, we recommend buying the larger size.  Yes, it might cost a little more, but you’d rather have a fully usable item that is a bit on the big side than something you can’t use because your dog won’t fit!

Other than size, it comes down to what features are important to you.  Do you prefer a unit with side fencing?  Does it need to be folded upright for storage?  Hopefully this chart can aid in your decision.