You may be surprised to learn that treadmills are now available for dogs, for the times when it’s not good for them to go out for a run. This could be because of the snow, or because of the heat – as we find here in Queensland at this time of year.
While they are probably good for keeping a dog lean and fit, I’m sure they are dead boring. If it wasn’t for the movies I borrow from the video store, I’d be bored on the treadmill too. My dogs love to sniff and explore as they run, and they can’t do that on a treadmill. Still, if it’s the only way they can exercise, then fair enough.
Even more “interesting” is the hamster wheel for dogs. I can’t link directly to the website because my antivirus software doesn’t like it, but you can see it by clicking here. I must admit, I do tend to agree with the writer of that blog post. This is the lazy person’s way of exercising their dog. At least with a treadmill you are there with your dog, talking to him and encouraging him. This hamster wheel set up looks like it is set and forget – pop your dog inside, and leave him to run for half an hour. I also have concerns about the wire flooring and its effect on his toenails.
What do you think of these newfangled exercise machines for dogs? I’d love to hear from you.