|Barked: Sun Apr 1, '12 10:02pm PST |
|First, I'd suggest you go into the food forum and educate yourself on what a nutritious, wholesome diet really is. Pedigree Puppy is one of the lowest rated foods on the market. There is a thread over that breaks everything down. So are you confused by dog food
Second, as long as they are properly supervised treadmills are great tools. We use them as part of intense conditioning workouts that start roughly 8 weeks before our dog shows as well as a regular form of exercise in our rotation when the weather is too wet or hot. I've always used regular human treadmills. I've seen people attach 2X4s to make guide rails and a bar across the top.
As for starting a dog, I go slow. Let them check it out while it is off then while on. With just a bit of positive reinforcement you can generally get them up on it. Mine all know what "Hop on", "Get Ready", and "Walk" mean as well as cues for speeding up, slowing down, getting off.
Since your pup is less than a year old, I'd strongly suggest nothing more than a brisk walk or slow lope (if she has that sort of pacing). You don't want her having joint issues later. It's like everything else, you have to slowly build up the amount of time and the pacing. You also have to keep in mind that it isn't a replacement for real walks and it is not mentally stimulating for the animal. If cold weather is a huge issue, I'd suggest looking into a coat or sweater and maybe some boots.
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