|Chelle & Miss Polly Pocket|
When you start your dog off on the treadmill you want him to get used to the surroundings and this new "thing" in your home. Let him/her walk on and off of it, let them sit on it and even ask them to lay down so they know there is nothing to fear.
Guide them by it and reward them for accepting it.
Some dogs take longer then other to get used to this machine, so when you aim to teach your dog to use the treadmill make sure you have about 2-3 hours set aside at first. No distraction in your home, and make sure your pup has done his or her business before you get started. You do not want to rush your dog, let him/her get comfortable at their own pace. In return your dog will accept this new training exercise and will look forward it.
Below are two of the mk9 rescue dogs.
Joey & Polly Pocket. Both dogs have taken to the treadmill in very different ways.
Joey was not to sure what this thing was.
The sounds it makes when its on and the different texture of flooring
He would get on it when we asked but you could tell how uncomfortable he was, so we allowed him to get on and off at his own will. We sat on the treadmill and guided Joey over with treats. We praised him for walking up to it, stepping on it and then sitting on it.
After about a 40 minutes we faced Joey in the right direction with Chelle standing over him making sure he wasn't going to jump off or get too overwhelmed when we started it up. Holding her hand at his side so he knew not to jump off, it reassured him everything will be ok and he is doing a GREAT job!!
|Keep your hand on your dog if he is uncertian of the movement.|
This will guide him/her into place.
|Treat your dog for doing a good job.|
Treats should be small & soft.
|Hold the least snug will keep him in place and moving forward.|
Polly Pocket picked up much faster then big Joe.
After about 15-20minutes she was walking at a fast pace with non stop tail wags.
Polly and treats go very very well together. Along with praise. She LOVES to be told what a good girl she is.
We will be increasing her as the days go on.
Please note: When your dog is doing more activity then normal you have to monitor their food intake. Make sure they are getting what they need for the exercises they are doing!
NEXT ON OUR LIST:
Miss Macy, Bella Vita & Lucy!! keep an eye out for their updates on the treadmills.
Treadmill donations are still needed for our other main modified k9 home.If you can spare a treadmill for the mk9 rescue dogs please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are located by Philadelphia & Scranton/Wilke barre areas.