By Christopher W Smith
It's a lot of fun having a dog, but it can be a lot of work, too. You need to be responsible for his basic needs, such as food, on a daily basis. You also need to make time for exercising him each day in order to keep him healthy and fit. He's depending on you for the things he's unable to do for himself. Keep in mind though, when grumbling about taking time to exercise your dog, you're also keeping yourself in shape, too.
Your dog loves you, but he really doesn't understand when you don't make time for going for a walk or playing with him. He wants to go out and run no matter what the weather is like out there, and you need to see that it happens. Being able to run and exercise every day is vital to his overall well-being.
With all the new technology we see constantly, is it any wonder that they now actually make doggie treadmills. Buy your pooch his own treadmill, and you won't have to worry about going out in bad weather to walk him ever again. He'll be able to run and exercise every day and won't have to wait for you to make time in your busy schedule to take him out. You'll find that it's a perfect answer to the problem of giving him enough exercise, and he's absolutely going to love it.
Of course, once you buy a treadmill, you'll have to take the time to train him how to use it. After all, he can't read the directions. You'll find that it won't take long though. When you try for the first time, it's likely your dog is going to act nervous. He may even be afraid of this new gadget. Keep petting him and offering reassuring words. When he calms down, try turning the treadmill on low and placing him on it. Once again he's not going to understand what's happening, and most likely he'll just jump back off. Be patient!
You can try walking next to the treadmill in order to demonstrate for him what you want him to do. Keep reassuring him that there's nothing to be afraid of, but also be firm with him and don't just give in. Dogs are smart. He will soon figure out what you're asking of him and comply.
It will take him a number of tries before he's able to stay on his treadmill. Once he gets the hang of it, though, he's going to start loving it. After awhile you'll even find him going to his treadmill on his own. It's just that you'll need to have a lot of patience with him while helping him learn. Getting angry won't serve any purpose at all.
You'll still want to take him outside when you are able to. The treadmill is not the whole answer to his exercising needs. He needs fresh air and sunshine in order to thrive. Plus, he needs the quality time the two of you spend together while you're out exercising, and, face it, you need it, too!