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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 

 

 

What to consider when purchasing the dogPacer treadmill?


You will need to consider which model you would like to purchase. The smaller model is suitable for smaller dogs and the larger model is suitable for larger dogs up to 80kg.


How to begin training your dog on the dogPacer?

Firstly, consult your vet on your dogs health and abilities. And also consider the dogs age, dogs should only begin using the treadmill once they are over a year old.

When beginning your dog on the dogPacer, try to firstly get them accustomed to the dogPacer by walking them on and off the treadmill. Once they are comfortable, begin by walking your dog slowly on the dogPacer treadmill. Begin with short walks on the dogPacer treadmill, you can also use treats to keep your dog motivated at first. Give your dog plenty of praise after their walk and allow them to exit from the front of the dogPacer treadmill. You can slowly build up the speed and length of their run and lessen the amount of treats.

Some dogs will take to the dogPacer immediately and some will need more encouragement, but we have found that most dogs who try out the dogPacer treadmill begin to love it within the first week.

How difficult will it be to start my dogs training on the dogPacer treadmill?

Most dogs will take to the dogPacer treadmill very well within the first few runs. The key to this process is patience, encouragement, calmness and praise. Your dog will be able to sense your emotions, so it is vital that you as the owner stay calm and positive throughout the run.

 

Begin by walking your dog on and off the dogPacer treadmill a few times, once they are comfortable we can begin by walking slowly and for just a few minutes, during the first few times it’s a good idea to use a few tasty treats to keep your dog motivated and focused. Be sure to follow up the walk with plenty of praise and always end on a good note. If your dog gets off or becomes overly nervous, stop the dogPacer treadmill, walk them on and off and back on again for an extra minute of walking, this will ensure their last memory on the dogPacer treadmill is always positive. We can later build up speed and length of the run, by introducing the treadmill this way your dog is sure to take to the treadmill well.



 

What if my dog does not take to the dogPacer treadmill?

Although it is very rare, if you are having a difficult time, feel free to watch our many instructional videos or contact us personally, we will be happy to help!


 

Can more than one dog run on the dogPacer at the same time?

It can be very cute when one of our dogs simply can not wait to get on the dogPacer treadmill and they leap onto the back to join their friend, but running two dogs at the same time can be dangerous and the dogPacer is not designed to be used by two dogs simultaneously.


 

What tips and tricks can be used to with my dog on the dogPacer treadmill?

Walk your dog on and off the treadmill to allow them to become comfortable, if they are unwilling, you can place treats along the treadmill to encourage them to follow the trail onto the treadmill.

 

Begin by walking your dog slowly, if they are not responding well, you can use treats to encourage them.

Once your dog is accustomed to the dogPacer treadmill you can take the side panels off of the treadmill to observe your dogs gait.

Once your dog is used to the treadmill you can also use our specialized preprogrammed workouts.

 

Who can use the dogPacer treadmill?

The dogPacer treadmill is used by veterinarians, police departments, fire departments, breeders, dog trainers and people looking to keep their dog in top condition, mentally and physically.

 


Can I leave my dog alone on the dogPacer treadmill?

No, the computer is low down and facing outward in order that you can interact with your dog while the exercise, this is the safest way to train your dog and the best way to keep them feeling comfortable. However, every dogPacer is fitted with an emergency stop, which can be attached to your dogs collar. This emergency stop will stop the treadmill immediately in the case that your dog slides too far down the treadmill.

 


Why is it safer and more effective to run your dog on a dogPacer than on a human treadmill?


The dogPacer was specifically designed for dogs, with their needs in mind.


The flexible side panels also provide the dog with a focus, they safely prevent the dog from jumping to one side or the other, which is especially important during the first stages of training. This is also the reason for their flexibility, if the dog were to jump onto the side panels, they would not be injured as the side panels are made from a safe, flexible, dog friendly material. The flexible side panels also give the dog tunnel vision so that they remain focused on the exercise and on you, this is important when providing them with encouragement and care.


The computer face is also built specifically for you as the owner, the interface is pointed away from the dog and toward you. This gives you control while being able to care for your dog at eye level during the run. Again, this is especially important during the first stages of training, when your dog will need your reassurance and praise.
Also, a human treadmill is simply not long enough for larger breeds to open their gait to its full extension. This is why we created the LF3.1. We also created the the miniPacer with smaller breeds and smaller spaces in mind. The miniPacer is a great option for those of you with smaller dogs, the miniPacer is much smaller and safer than a human treadmill for these small breeds, especially toy and miniature breeds, for whom a human treadmill may be overwhelming.

 

 

 


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