German Shepherd Dog > Treadmill recommendation (13 replies)
by Tazmyn on 03 November 2009 - 10:29
|Please would you all give me details on a motorized treadmill that you would recommend to get dogs fit for Schutzhund. I'm looking for makes, costs, best products etc.|
If you have an exercise programme for using a treadmill, please do share.
Yours in training,
by Davren on 03 November 2009 - 13:58
| Hi Taz,|
My GSD has adapted to my Bodyguard treadmill made for humans. He would watch me as I walked, whine, and attempt to get on with me. So, I slowed it way down to like 1 mile an hour to start with and told him to "Foos"; I gradually stepped off onto the edge to provide more room for him. Eventually, I increased the speed (slowly and gradually).
It provides my high-drive energetic boy some exercise when the weather is not conducive to going outside for us.
Hope this helps.
by snajper69 on 03 November 2009 - 16:09
|Human version of treadmill is too short for GSd's, I would never recomend it, you will cause more harm than good. But than at the same time I would not use motorized one, I like the treadmills that Martinsk9 uses. |
by snajper69 on 03 November 2009 - 16:13
by VonIsengard on 03 November 2009 - 16:23
by Davren on 03 November 2009 - 20:40
|My treadmill is the same length and width as the dog one advertised for extra large dogs in the www.jogadog.com ad. It is motorized, but I keep it at a slow pace.|
by SitasMom on 03 November 2009 - 21:38
|I found these.....|
by 1doggie2 on 04 November 2009 - 01:03
I would look to Craig's list have seen alot of them for sale.
by ramgsd on 04 November 2009 - 15:59
|Don't see any mill's pictured on the Martin site at this time.......... |
The best motorized mill that has been listed, and I have found, has been the JOG A DOG mill. It is better than a human mill,which are hard to find long enough and very pricey when you do. The motor in a JOG A DOG is sheilded much better than a human mill (keeps the dog hair out so the motor doesn't burn up) The JOG A DOG is cheaper than the PETRUN mill in the link above (for the tread length a GSD would need.) Shipping for me, from JOG A DOG, isn't an issue since the factory is about 20 minutes away.
I know the owners of Grand Carpet Mills personally. Their mills are very nice quality. These are not motorized. You would have to see if they would customize one for the length you would need.
There are also Slat mills out there you could go with.
It is my belief that a novice conditioner should go with a variable speed motorized mill. If you don't know what your doing with a Carpet mill or a Slat mill you can ruin a good dog. You should also never leave your dog unattended on any mill for any reason.
by snajper69 on 04 November 2009 - 16:13
|You right it appears that there is no more links to Martin's Mills, but I am sure if you contact them they can send you pictures and price, they specialize in working dogs on a mill. They are very knowledgeable, as well they do protection on the mills, they being doing it for longer than most people here. If I would to mill my dog this is the first place I would look for advise.|
by Tazmyn on 06 November 2009 - 10:58
|Anyone have any feedback on the UK joggerdog treamill? www.joggerdog.co.uk.|
by ronin on 08 November 2009 - 21:14
A slightly different view to bear in mind, I agree with the sentiment to use the treadmill, especially if you are not physically capable of exercising your dogs or the weather is too severe where you live.
Just remember that the treadmill's effect on the nervous system and functional performance is very different to the real world.
Running the blinds takes 50 seconds, hard acceleration, serious deceleration and torque/rotational forces against the joints/ligaments followed by further acceleration. The steady pace of the treadmill and gait assistance of the floor moving underneath the dog as opposed to the dog driving itself across the ground does not produce the same improvements.
As long as it's closely supervised and you carry out of conventional exercise routines you should see some benefits.
Variety is the key, it takes a dog less than two weeks for his body to adapt to any one routine, all this my dog runs 10 miles 5 days a week is written by dreamers or muppets who should be usingg a treadmill themselves.
Use it twice a week, train for time/intensity, the Obedience and Protection last 7 mins max each. Better you dog works hards for 12-15mins than jogs for 45mins. Its about Vo2 max and recovery.
Don't confuse your dog looking in great shape after a few weeks with actual improvements in performance.
Good Luck, let us know how you get on.
by Tazmyn on 09 November 2009 - 08:25
That's exactly what I want it for - he needs to doing a variety of fitness work and wish to utelise the treadmill to aid recovery rate.
I posted an incorrect web address for dogjogger! Oops, it's www, dogjogger.co.uk.
All comments or fitness programmes and ideas are most welcome so that I can see what will be best suited for my dog.
by ramgsd on 09 November 2009 - 19:16
|RONIN makes a good point, but only for those that don't know how to condition a dog with a mill. Or those who don't know which mill to use for what application. You do not have to keep the speed static on an motorized mill. You can vary the speeds. You can make the dog do wind sprints for however long you need, (building his stamina up to that level over time) then back him down and then sprint him again. |
Slat mills and carpet mills are powered by the dog. The dog makes the belt under him move.... and each is used for a totally different purpose.
If you know what you are doing you can put a canine into its' top physical condition with mills. You just need to know what you are doing and how to read the dog.... I'd say most people on this site should stick with a motorized mill at trotting speed for a little exercise. Unless they have the knowledge to condition a dog. Or they are under the personal instruction of someone who does.