Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Exercising Augusta & Harley

Tonight I had the brilliant idea of training the dogs to run on the treadmill. I figure they like to run,  running on a treadmill is running, easy peasy. Right?


The first session was horrific. Both dogs freaked out and could not understand what I was doing to them. I even tried to bribe them with carrots. No dice.

I was very close to giving up, but decided to Google how to train a dog to walk on a treadmill. After watching millions of You Tube videos and seeing all breeds of dogs mastering it, I decided to try it one more time.

This time around I was more relaxed as the trainer. And believe it or not they both did a millions times better. I still had to bend over {read quads burning like crazy for about 20 minutes after a crazy leg workout} and put my hands behind each of their front legs to keep them going, but their steps eventually become more natural.

At one point Harley come over to the treadmill and starting linking Augusta cause she was doing so good {obviously my human interpritation}. It was actually really sweat. :)

They haven't perfected it yet and we are still at a 1.0 speed, but we seem to be making progress. I can't wait to try it again tomorrow. This is going to be a good addition to their open space runs.

And the best part is, they are both worn out snoozing! Mission accomplished.


  1. LOL I love this! And am I remembering correctly...someone's show lambs used to exercise on a treadmill...?!?! : )

    1. Well that might be true. Kinda funny actually. A well built treadmill if I say so myself. Dang if only I could find a picture of one of my lambs walking on a treadmill!