When shopping for a treadmill for your dog there are certain important factors to consider. Size, cost, functions and speed are amongst the top most important details to be sure you look into before you buy.
The first thing to remember while shopping is that not all treadmills are designed for all dog sizes.
Some are designed for shorter gaits and have stricter weight limits while others are capable of handling heavier dogs and have longer bases to keep dogs from slipping off the end even when they are in full running stride.
Ensuring that your dog can walk or run naturally on their treadmill helps to prevent possible injury. Also, a smaller treadmill for a small dog can prove to be much less intimidating and can provide a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for your pet.
Many treadmills are also designed to fold up when not in use, allowing better storage options especially for those in tighter living spaces.
Next, decide on how much control and how many options you want for your pet while they exercise.
Options such as incline, resistance and programming distance and speed are useful for recreating, as closely as possible, the outdoor experience.
Also, motorized treadmills (vs dog powered treadmills) are most safely used with a safety collar clip.This option ensures that the treadmill will come to a complete stop if your pet happens to slip or fall off during use.
Dog powered treadmills, on the other hand, work very well for dogs that have high activity levels and need to burn off excess energy. This option allows your dog to set and control its own speed and pace.
Treadmills can be very pricey. They tend to range anywhere from a few hundred dollars all the way up to more than $1,000 depending on size, number of functions, whether it is motorized or dog powered, etc.
Keep this all in mind while choosing a budget for your purchase.