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Dog Treadmills for Weight Loss Management

Add a K9FITvest to add intensity.What? Rover is fat? Well okay, the vet said that my dog needed “weight loss management”. Yeah, I get it. My dog is fat!

So how do you deal with it? Most likely you’ve been given advice to put your dog on a prescription diet and quite possibly the suggestion of a little more exercise, and there you are, out the door loading the dog in the car, thinking “Wow, I’m a bad owner. My dog is over weight and I didn’t even notice it.” And then you spin into the whole guilt thing and go home and find that you’ve got kids that need help with their homework and well… a few other things to do too.

Dog Weight Loss Management

So back to what to do about Rover’s weight. Even though you’ve been feeding the “recommended” amount of food on the manufacture’s bag… how did this happen? Well, exercise and a nutritious dog food diet are the key to any weight loss program, dog or human.  Exercise helps not only physically but effects mental stimulation and overall health at the same time.

The best form of exercise for a dog is the extended trot pose. This means that the front paw and back paw on same side are both reaching. It’s also true that most dogs need to do this type of exercise for 20 minutes continuously.

So with all the other things going on and the fact that even when you take Rover for a walk it’s difficult to measure up to the concept of 20 minutes of continuous moving when he stops to sniff everything along the way and the women with 3 small dogs lets them bark at the fence and taunts your dog to pull you towards them… wondering if it’s play time or “it’s on” between them. The 20 minutes of continuous movement just isn’t reality. At least not without some sort of new training method going on.

And now you wonder why Rover ended up with more than a few extra pounds on him? No, you aren’t a bad dog owner, you just need some alternatives to get your dog moving and keep him moving.

The answer to your problem lies in a concept that was used more commonly in recent years for rehabilitation of an injury but is now gaining momentum quickly in the dog behavior and training world as well as the ever increasing problem of dealing with dog obesity. The dog treadmill.

Treadmill Training Your Dog

The benefits of treadmill training your dog with a machine specifically build for a dog far outweigh the excuse that others may think you are just lazy because you use this as a form of exercise for your dog!

First let’s dismantle the idea that treadmilling for dogs means you never do anything else with them. Remember, it’s an alternative. That means you can combine your own walks, playing ball, and the planned weekend hike with your dog with the treadmill… and here is where it really comes into play. Those weeks you don’t have enough time to fit that in, the treadmill is always there, and you can get your dog moving on it while you are home with the kids or doing a little work from you home office laptop.

Dogs that need to lose weight or obese dogs benefit from treadmill training because you can measure the speed and distance your dog goes without the worry of leash training and distraction from other dogs on your walking route among many other reasons. With a safe, healthy training program you can build your dog’s strength and fitness and avoid injury or over doing it before your dog is ready.

Professional dog trainers find that dogs who start a treadmill program get more consistent exercise. In the end the dog treadmill concept makes training your dog to walk nicely on a leash without pulling a problem that quickly disappears simply from getting accustomed to moving continuously. You end up with a well behaved dog you can take out as your training partner, as well as to dog friendly venues in your city.

Don’t Let Your Dog be a Statistic of Canine Obesity

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 35 million dogs out of the 77.5 million dogs in the USA are considered overweight and 6.7 million are considered clinically obese. Dogs who are overweight live an average of 2 years less. That’s a large percentage of the short time they get to spend with us as our beloved family member.

Do your dog a big favor. Start treading. Weigh less. Wag more.

 

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