How Do I Choose the Best Dog Treadmill?

Crystal Cook

A dog treadmill is an option if you need to exercise your dog but, for some reason, cannot provide your dog with all the exercise it needs. There are a few important factors to consider when choosing a treadmill for your dog. Size, speed, functions and cost should all be taken into consideration. You also should decide whether you want a treadmill that is motorized or one that is powered by your dog.

Small dogs might be intimidated by large treadmills.
Small dogs might be intimidated by large treadmills.

One of the most important aspects to consider when buying a dog treadmill is the size. Large dogs have a longer gait and, if the dog cannot walk naturally on the treadmill, then injury can result. Small dogs can be intimidated by large treadmills and may refuse to use them. You may want to be sure there is enough room in your home for the treadmill to be used safely. Many dog treadmills fold to help save space in smaller homes.

The speed of a dog treadmill should be determined by your dog's needs. A very active dog that needs to burn off excess energy would benefit from a dog-powered treadmill for which the dog can decide the pace. Dogs who need a workout or who are recovering from an injury benefit from motorized treadmills, because you decide the speed so the dog can have the most benefit.

You may want to think about the functions you need on a dog treadmill. Some treadmills allow you to adjust the speed and incline, which can allow you to mimic a regular walk on those days you cannot take your dog outside. A dog treadmill also may have a function that will allow you to program the distance and resistance. If you choose a motorized treadmill, then you likely will want to choose one that has a safety collar clip. The clip will stop the treadmill if your dog falls off or slips and will help keep your dog from being injured.

A dog treadmill can be costly, depending on the size and the functions you choose. Treadmills for large dogs will cost more than those made for small breeds. A motorized treadmill will cost more than a dog-powered treadmill. Another factor to consider when you are thinking about the cost is that the more functions a treadmill has, the more expensive it will be. The price for a dog treadmill can typically range from a few hundred US Dollars (USD) to more than $1,000 USD.

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The last paragraph really surprised me in how much a pet treadmill costs. In fact, I find this to be the case with a lot of "dog" items. With the exception of things you actually need (dog food, pooper scooper, etc), having a pet can be costly if you're not paying attention. Whatever you decide to buy, remember to weigh all the factors, and ask yourself if it's really a necessity.


Lately, I've been thinking about getting a treadmill for my dog, but after reading the article, I'm starting to have second thoughts, mainly due to the expenses. Unless you think it's really worth it, and unless you have the money, you should take your dog for walks instead. Either that, or let him run around in the backyard. After all, many people have their dog treadmills inside the house, and while your pet might be getting the exercise he/she needs, they need fresh air as well. After all, dogs enjoy being outside and running around.


Generally speaking, you don't need a dog treadmill if you take your pet out for a walk every morning. However, it can still be beneficial when needed. Just like humans, animals need exercise as well. By maintaining a healthy diet, and making sure that your pet gets the right amount of exercise, you can be assured that your dog has a decent lifespan.

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