Fitness is as important for your pet dog as it is for you. Lack of physical activity often leads to dogs becoming obese, which can pose a wide variety of health risks. If you want your dog to stay fit and healthy, you need to take it out for walks, jogs and runs regularly.
Unfortunately, not all of us have the time to take our dogs out for walks and runs. Personal and professional commitments may take away from the commitment towards our pets, but that shouldn’t be a reason for you to let your dog become obese. Instead, you can buy a dog treadmill and help your pet get its daily dose of fitness without leaving home.
In this review, we will be taking a look at the top 7 dog treadmills that you can buy in 2020. So, without any further delay, let’s get right into it!
GoPet PetRun Pr700
dogPACER LF 3.1
Dog Runner Large
DogTread Small Dog Treadmill
GoPet Treadmill for Large Dogs
dogPACER Minipacer Treadmill
1. GoPet PetRun Pr700
GoPet has been a reliable company for pet exercise products for a number of years now and the PetRun Pr700 dog treadmill is yet another outstanding product from the company.
Before we get down to the details of this treadmill, we must tell you that if you have a big dog, this is not the treadmill that you are looking for. However, if your dog weighs up to 44 pounds, this is one of the best treadmills that you can buy. Apart from puppies of large dog breeds, this treadmill also caters to the fitness needs of smaller breeds such as Corgis and other stout-legged breeds.
The running platform is low and its surface area measures 28” x 16”. This treadmill is probably one of the quietest pet treadmills in the market and to ensure that your dog gets its minimum dose of fitness, there is a front crossbar. This allows you to hang your pet’s favorite toy or snack, providing it with an incentive to run. Controlling the treadmill is easy too and you can do so in two ways; either by using the manual controls on the treadmill itself or the remote control.
To ensure the safety of your pet, there is an emergency safety stop that prevents your dog from injuring itself during running. So, all in all, this is a really great dog treadmill and if you have a dog that weighs 44 pounds or lower, you should give this treadmill a serious consideration.
- Almost noiseless
- Remote control
- Front crossbar that allows dog owners to hang toys and/or treats to provide an incentive to work out
- Emergency safety stop
ConsNot for dogs weighing more than 44 pounds
The next treadmill to feature in this review is the LF 3.1 from dogPACER. Like GoPet, dogPACER too has been a constant source of quality pet fitness products in recent years, and the LF 3.1 is no different.
What makes the LF 3.1 truly special is the fact that it is foldable. While conventional treadmills can take up a lot of space, this one will not take up much space when it is not in use. Unfold it only when your dog needs to run. Weighing around 80 pounds, the treadmill may sound heavy, but believe us, many lighter treadmills don’t offer the folding flexibility that this one does.
At peak speed, the motor of this treadmill runs at 1.5 horsepower, which is quite a lot for a treadmill that offers so much portability. The running speed can be set to a maximum of 7.5 miles/hour and you also have a 5 – 9 degrees range of setting the incline. So, this is a truly exceptional dog treadmill that you can buy for both basic fitness applications and strenuous endurance-building applications.
- Foldable and portable
- 1.5 horsepower powerful motor
- Variety of incline and speed settings
- No remote control
- Slightly heavy for its size
3. Dog Runner Large
If you have a medium or large-sized dog, then the Dog Runner Large treadmill would be a great choice to fulfill all the fitness requirements of your canine companion.
The first impressions of this dog treadmill are quite good. Its construction, in particular, looks really good and that’s because it really is. Its sturdy build and design ensure that your pet’s fitness needs are taken care of for several years to come.
The maximum weight that this treadmill can accommodate is 242 pounds, which makes this treadmill the ideal choice for households with multiple dogs of different breeds. You can set the speed up to 7.5 miles/hour on this treadmill, with the minimum speed setting being 0.62 miles/hour. This makes the treadmill perfect for both extended jogs and leisurely strolls. There are also different incline settings available for simulating a wide variety of outdoor terrain.
To ensure that your pet stays on the move on the treadmill, you can use the in-built eyelet. You can hang your dog’s favorite treats and toys on the eyelet and motivate your dog to push himself more to get fitter and healthier. The treadmill also features an emergency stop system and a leash clipping system, which means that you don’t need to constantly watch your dog as he runs.
- Suits all dog sizes
- Variety of speed and incline settings
- Built-in eyelet
- Leash clipping and emergency stop systems
- No remote control
4. GoPet Treadwheel
This is the second GoPet product to feature in this review and it is undoubtedly the most unique product that you will find as far as dog treadmills go.
To be completely honest, this isn’t really a treadmill. It’s more like a bigger version of the traditional hamster wheel. What prompted GoPet to choose this unique design remains a mystery, but the fact is, if your dog likes the design, then you can certainly expect it to keep your dog fit for a long time to come.
However, there is the distinct possibility that your dog will not like the GoPet Treadwheel when they first try it out. You can teach your dog to use it by first training them to get into the wheel, this can done using treats or their favorite toy. Once they're comfortable getting in and out of the wheel then you can start teaching them to walk in it. By using some treats you can get them to start walking forwards putting their weight further forwards which causes the wheel to rotate. Don't get disheatened if your dog doesn't like this at first, it can take a couple weeks to get your dog used to the GoPet Treadwheel. It is worth saying that there is a risk that your dog may never take to this design.
But it’s not all doom and gloom with the GoPet Treadwheel. If your dog likes it, then quite frankly, there would be nothing like it! Thanks to the unique design, the Treadwheel does not need any power to operate, which can definitely help you in keeping your electricity expenses in check. Also, the running mat is made of quality material and you can expect your dog to feel comfortable running on it in next to no time. The sturdy design also facilitates great stability.
The best thing about the Treadwheel is that it enables your dog to run and jog even when you are not home. This is the only product in this entire review that offers dogs this kind of freedom.
- Durable construction and design
- No power required to run
- Dogs can use the Treadwheel even when their owners aren’t home
- Comfortable running mat
- Some dogs may feel uncomfortable and refuse to run on it
5. DogTread Small Dog Treadmill
DogTread’s dog treadmills have impressed many dog owners so far and this one is another impressive treadmill. However, this treadmill only caters to dogs that weigh 30 pounds or lower. So if your dog weighs more than 30 pounds, you should take a look at the other options listed in this review.
This small treadmill scores big on functionality, as its LCD console allows you to switch between a variety of speed and incline settings to create a fitness routine based on your dog’s needs. For example, if your dog is obese and needs to burn fat, you can choose a setting that combines high speed with a moderate incline. However, if your dog only needs leisurely strolls, you can set a moderate speed with low incline.
The treadmill also features a recessed treat holder for keeping your dog motivated during jogs and runs. The noise level of the treadmill is extremely low as well, which prevents your dog from getting startled when the treadmill starts running.
- LCD console for easy configuration
- Recessed treat holder
- As the name suggests it is not for big dogs
- No remote control
6. GoPet Treadmill for Large Dogs
This is the third GoPet product in this review, which only goes to show the high level at which GoPet operates. A quality treadmill for the most sizeable dogs, this GoPet dog treadmill is a big product, but its foldable design makes it supremely easy to store.
However, before we move on to the positives of this product, we must mention that even though this treadmill is claimed by GoPet to be for large dogs, it isn’t meant to accommodate dogs that weigh more than 175 pounds.
But if your dog is 175 pounds or lighter, this is a great treadmill. Unlike all the other electricity-powered treadmills featured in this review so far, this one offers a whopping maximum speed setting of 10 miles/hour. This makes the treadmill perfect for dogs that are naturally very fast-paced. There is also a remote control that allows users to change settings without handling the console on the treadmill.
All the other features of this treadmill are more or less what you would expect them to be; noiseless operation, built-in eyelet for hanging toys and treats, and a safety lock. All in all, it’s yet another great treadmill from one of GoPet, one of the best pet fitness equipment manufacturers.
- Foldable design for easy storage
- Higher maximum speed setting than most other dog treadmills
- Built-in eyelet for hanging treats and toys
- Safety lock
ConsNot for dogs weighing more than 175 pounds
7. dogPACER Minipacer Treadmill
The dogPACER Minipacer is a dog treadmill that has been designed for lightweight dogs weighing up to 55 pounds and it is the last product in this review.
The strong carbon steel body of this treadmill makes for a durable product that you can expect to serve your dog’s fitness purposes for many years to come. Weighing just under 50 pounds, the treadmill offers portability and its foldable design facilitates easy storage. The 4.5-degree incline is fixed and that is one of the downsides of this treadmill, considering the fact that most of the other products in this review allow users to change the incline settings.
Speed-wise, the treadmill has a 0.5 – 7.5 miles/hour range; perfect for both challenging running sessions and relaxing strolls and jogs. The minimum speed limit is really low, which makes this treadmill a great choice for dogs who are in the rehabilitation stage after a really bad injury. There are some preset dog fitness programs as well, which users can try out for their dogs.
The treadmill is also noiseless during operation, which makes for one more reason for you to consider buying this treadmill for your dog. The only other negative we can think of about the Minipacer is the lack of a part that allows for hanging toys and treats.
- Portable and foldable
- Durable build and construction
- Preset fitness programs
- Fixed incline
- No part for hanging toys and treats
So we have taken a very close look at seven of the very best dog treadmills that you can buy in 2020. Remember, pampering your dog is not the only thing that you should be doing as a dog owner. Showering your four-legged friend with love and affection means looking out for his physical condition as well. So if you are the kind of person who just can’t take out any time from personal or professional commitments to walk your dog, get a dog treadmill without any delays.
We hope that this review helps you to find the best treadmill for your dog in 2020 so that he stays fit, healthy, and happy in the days to come.