Well, I finally got one. Its one my friend wasnt using anymore, so its not specifically made for my dogs, but I would like them to use it.
I have started feeding them on the treadmill (they were both a little nervous about the whole thing initially) I also leave it on during the day (its kind of loud and they dont like the sound) and lastly I taught them "treadmill" which means jump on it and get a treat and "Hop down" (you take a gande at what that means)
ANYWAYS - Ginger has already picked it up and will walk on it. Although I am already seeing the need to enclose it, so there is no "escape" route. I dont have the proper equipment to have her use it on her own, so I stand over her and make sure she doesnt fall or trip.
Buster on the other hand, I turn it on (he doesnt run, which is good) but he just stands there and lets himself slide off! Seems like I might need more than one person to help me with him, but I am hoping someone here will be able to advise me with getting him to walk. I make him watch Ginger when she does it and I think that is why he is not scared of it anymore.
My questions -
What type of gear do I need? Do they have harnesses specifically made for this type of activity? Anything close?
The tread on the machine - Is it safe for their paws? Just by looking at the tread mill breifly, it appears I may be able to put another layer of something on it - I just dont know what?!
How to start them out time wise? My dogs are in okay shape - Buster is over weight and Ginger is almost to her optimum weight. Should I have the vet take some xrays or evaluate them for this type of excersise?
I guess thats it for now.