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How Long Does Dog Treadmill Training Take to Work

Dog treadmill training is ideally used for a variety of reasons.  Dogs each have their individual behaviors that need to be nurtured or refocused from too much energy causing destruction on your home and belongings to aggression and separation anxiety.

Health and longevity are more reasons to use a treadmill as part of your dog training regime.  An active dog is natural prevention for aging faster than need be.  Just like humans, if muscle isn’t used it will go away.  Keeping muscle and bone strong through exercise gives you more years with your best friend and hang out partner.

8-DogTread-blog_vertHow Long Does It Take to See The Effects of Treadmill Training in Your Dog

The answer to this question is simple.  6 weeks.  Yet, the answer is also complex because most dogs show signs of significant change in just a few days to a couple of weeks, depending your breed, exercise needs, behavior issues or an overweight dog needing to lose more than a couple of pounds.

In the health and fitness world for humans it is a general rule of thumb for any lifestyle change;  It takes 6 weeks to really have the effects start to set into internal motion.  When it comes to weight loss the safe and long lasting way is steady over time as opposed to fast and then crash.  The same is true when working on a new habit for behavior changes; it should be done very steadily over time.

Treadmill training like other new physical activity does include both physical and mental participation and it takes both of these things to produce the endorphin type feeling.  It takes some parts of every person, and in my opinion, every dog, different times to get into the flow and let the movement become more of an endorphin feeling.  Some may get their body moving faster than their mind, or vise versa but when both come together  it is the feeling we are looking for.  It begins to feel good, you let go of stress, everything becomes a bit smoother.

Though dogs haven’t been able to fill out a questionnaire about the same feelings with 6 weeks of exercise, having watched a least a thousand dogs and how they behave and are perceived after consistent movement training, I’d have to say they act like the description of the feeling.  *Movement training can be, but not limited to treadmill training, walking, running, swimming, agility, lure coursing, herding or playing fetch with a ball.

Looking for Immediate Satisfaction

The problem most of us suffer from in this day and age is the expectation of immediate satisfaction just for putting in a couple of sessions of effort.  Even better yet, when writing a decent sized check it brings a real helping of entitlement!

The rule needs to be rewritten so disappointment doesn’t happen for people and their dogs trying to do anything new and have it really work.  6 weeks is the new immediate satisfaction sort of like 40 is the new 30!

A new lifestyle, habit, way of thinking or doing never comes (yes I said NEVER) immediately.  Give anything new, including a new exercise habit for or with your dog 6 weeks before you decide anything.  You’ll most likely feel something missing….. disappointment.  It’s a good thing.  Now keep focusing on the new feeling you’ve created; relaxed, less stressed, lighter.  For you and for your dog.

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Jt Clough, has studied, applied and taught others how to create a balanced life with calm dog training techniques through her lifetime commitment to health and fitness. Clough is also the creator of dog wellness programs and author of the 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs and Treading for Dogs DVD,  further inspiring people to introduce playtime in life through the eyes of a dog changing unwanted behaviors to practicing a healthy lifestyle.

 

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