Self propelled dog treadmill

Self propelled dog treadmill

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Self propelled dog treadmill

This post has been edited 1 time(s), it was last edited by Bully_Woo2: 02.03.2012 15:36.

The idea for this has been floating around in my head for some time. After posting about my other dog, I thought of this. My other dog was a lab/shepherd mix, and I was tired of her pulling me on walks, which made me and everyone else annoyed. I started thinking about it, and it struck me. I could put a dog treadmill under the front of the car and just drive, and let the dog get the benefits of an extra walk. So, I took some time and bought the parts I needed.

My first problem is what type of fence to put around the dog treadmill, and if there's a dog treadmill on the market today that can go under a car. This isn't meant to be a permanent setup for some reason, so I don't want it to be too difficult to get in and out of, or hard to fix. I also need to make sure that it's big enough so my dog can walk around it, but not so big that the treadmill wouldn't fit in the spot that I bought it to be.

I did a lot of research, and found this treadmill that was exactly what I wanted. The only drawback is that it's $900. That's probably a little too expensive for me to pay for it, and I do have a smallish budget (this is why I posted this idea in the first place, I wanted to make it with my own two hands).

I didn't expect for people to jump in with their suggestions. My next plan of action is to try to find some of those plans to use, and to find a local car parts place to purchase a car frame/floor pan for the treadmill and some sort of rls to attach to.

Well, I'm a little confused, because I thought the treadmill would be in the shape of a rectangle. This dog treadmill is rectangular, but it's a bit bigger than the size of the area in which I want to place it. In other words, it looks like it would fit, but I think the only problem is the amount of work that's going to have to be done, or the way I'm going to have to build it.

I think I might have to build some sort of frame for it. If I built it a way that it would be easy to get in and out of, I think it'd be a doable project, but I don't know how difficult it would be. I'm actually quite handy and experienced with woodworking, so I think I could probably do it.

I'm still a little confused, so I hope you can help me with this, because I've come to the conclusion that it will have to be built from scratch. I did find this link that's going to show pictures of the design and build process, and hopefully it'll make me understand a little better.

The first picture in the link shows how the whole assembly will fit into the frame (it's a little hard to see in the pic, but it says that it's about 9 feet long), so it looks like it should fit somewhere in the corner, which I've marked on this picture. This second picture is the back end of it, which it looks like it'd be a very small space to put it in, and the third picture is the front of it. I don't know if this treadmill has tracks or something like that, but I'm pretty sure the area it'll be in is a little bit more than a dog's back.

I need to check to see what kind of surface it would be and how it would affect the treadmill if I were to put it down. I have a couple of ideas on how I might possibly build it, and I might actually post them here in this topic if I can figure them out. I just want to be sure that it's not possible before I invest a ton of money.

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I have a question for you guys. I have a friend who has a dog who has arthritis, so I was wondering if it's possible to use one of these treadmills, but make it so that it will run at a much slower speed.

You'd need a computer that controls the speed of the treadmill, but how do you make the treadmill slow down?

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A belt driven treadmill will not be a good option for your dog. The belt would have to be quite small and is likely to slip or catch on things.

If you need a treadmill, look for one of the human treadmills that can be adjusted to slow down or stop. They have motors that slow down or stop them.

If you don't want a human powered treadmill, and you don't have the space to store a motor, look for a treadle exerciser like this. It can be manually adjusted to slow down or stop it. As the user steps on it, the treadle rses or lowers a platform.

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You might find treadmills for people that can be set to a slower speed than what is avlable on the typical human powered treadmills. You could also look for a computer controlled one that would be set slower than the human powered treadmills. You may also want to look into a motor driven one that would not require an operator. You might also look for a treadmill that can be used on a countertop, where it could be stationary. You could also look for a treadle version of the stationary versions of the home exercise equipment or a weight based exercise machine like a stepper.

Treadmills are used for a lot of different purposes, one example would be a walking/running track. If you get a track and set up your home treadmill on top of it, you could use it for walking. You would simply put your feet on the foot peddles and walk as fast or as slow as you want.

As a running track, you could place your exercise bike on top of the track and use it for riding your exercise bike. The track could be made very firm, preventing it from sinking into the ground. If you were in a grassy field, you could walk around it while using the treadmill. Or, you could use the treadmill as a jumping surface. If you use a treadmill with the motor going on, you could jump up and down on the track.

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The key in choosing any of the options is to make sure that the floor/ground on which you want to do exercises is level and firm. If you exercise on a hard ground like a gym, your body will not be supported correctly and so there will be a difference between what your real body is capable of doing and what your mind believes it can do.

That is one reason why when we do exercises, we feel that we can perform better. However, there is no point in making such a comparison unless the ground is firm.

If you use an exercise bike, make sure that the ground is firm and level because even a small amount of ground tilt can result in wrong information for your body and the way your muscles are functioning. You could just test the ground in your house if you are not sure whether the ground is level or not. It would be a lot easier than hiring a professional to do so.

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Thank you for the excellent responses! I am still working on getting a treadmill for my parents. It is a bit tricky because they are in their 80's

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