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The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on January 4, 2005.

Exercise Treadmill for Dogs

patent#: US 6837186

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posted on 1/18/2005, patent issued on 1/4/2005

Surprisingly, the first dog treadmill patent in the US was awarded way back in 1939. I guess with the Great Depression still in full-swing people were too busy selling apples on the street corner to take a dog for a walk.

The most noticeable new features on this version are walls and a leash, proving beyond a doubt that yes, you can be too careful.

Other household pets can also joing in on the fun. The treadmill is not just for dogs. There is also "a bait animal maintained in a bait cage out of the reach of the dog being exercised."

One assumes that the inventor of such a machine is a dog owner himself, prompting the question, "Why don't you stop working on your stupid invention and go out and walk your dog?" Noone ever said that man is a dog's best friend.

Exercise Treadmill for Dogs

Comments on Exercise Treadmill for Dogs

Sharon Louise Eccles | Dec 1, 2007 11:01 AM
I have a human treadmill but can't get iether of my dogs to use it - as soon as it begins to move, they jump off! I have tried bribery & using a lead but no - help!

RAYMOND IMRIE | Dec 8, 2006 4:01 AM
I HAVE JUST RECENTLY STARTED TO BUILD FREE RUNNING TREAD MILLS.THEY ARE A GREAT WAY OF TRAINING AND EXERCISING YOUR DOGS AS THE DOG IS IN CONTROL OF, HOW FAST AND FOR HOW LONG THEY RUN . ONCE THE DOGS GET USED TO THE MILLS THEY WILL ENJOY GOING ON THEM ALMOST AS MUCH AS BEING LET FREE IN A PARK. THERE ARE A LOT OF DOGS THAT DO NOT GET TO RUN OR JOG AT THEIR OWN PACE AS THEY CAN NOT BE LET OF THEIR LEASHES. THE MILLS GIVE THESE DOGS A LEAST SOME DEGREE OF FREEDOM.

Amber | Dec 5, 2006 9:01 PM
I use a people-treadmill for our boxer. It has made a HUGE difference in evening out his gait in the show ring, since he can work at a consistant speed. Unlike walking/jogging (must stop for traffic, kids, etc), bike riding (potentially dangerous to human and dog), or other methods, the dog can practice at a constant speed with no interruptions or distractions. I happen to be in good health and ALSO take the dog out on traditional walks and physical activities, this is not a substitute, but for those of you who are critical, perhaps you should consider that not everyone is lucky enough to be in perfect health. And NO that doesn't mean that they don't deserve the companionship of a dog... stop being so insensitive! Also, what do YOU do to exercise your dog when it rains, snows, or is over 100 degrees outside?

C. Mac | Dec 3, 2006 7:02 PM
www.pet-treadmills.com

Mary | Dec 3, 2006 2:01 PM
This comment is for all the posters who can think of no other reason for someone to buy a dog treadmill than sheer laziness. Gee, you-all, it must be lovely to be in perfect health, with a perfectly safe area to walk your dog, and constantly perfect weather. For those of us who are less fortunate, a treadmill is a godsend. The dog can be exercised safely (no, letting your dog run around the yard is NOT enough excercise!). Treadmills are not a substitute for "potty walks", and they are not "silly".

Kirk | Dec 2, 2006 9:01 PM
I thought of building a dog treadmill until I did a google. This would be a great idea in a number of circumstances. Where I am located, there can be far too many winter days that do not allow for outdoor walks. My wife and I are both partially disabled and physically cannot walk the dogs frequently. For the people that commented about not having a dog, did you think that 8 years ago I planned on being disabled. Should I give away my best friends because of it??? I want a treadmill because I am trying to provide the best of care for them under the circumstances. Treadmill, great idea for the right circumstances.

Corrine | Nov 3, 2005 2:01 AM
Not sure what all the fuss is about. The 'dog whisperer' guy recommended these for super active dogs. My brother in law helped me train my little 25 lb. dog. He loves it and it's an addition, not a substitute for outdoor walks. Also, in Chicago we have some really brutal winters and my dog can make up for the shortened outdoor walks with the treadmill. We don't use a dog one-the people one does just fine...Also, one final note, you have to be there with your dog to keep them moving, so it's by no means a babysitter.

kh | Nov 2, 2005 12:01 PM
Hmm... I want to get a treadmill for rainy days. But I want to participate in the walking. I have two Beagles and would want them to walk with me on the a human treadmill. Is it safe?

Lisa | Nov 1, 2005 10:00 PM
Hi Chris,I recently purchased a Nordic Track treadmill for both my dog and I (I am waiting for delivery). I also have a lab but now I am worry that the human treadmill will be too short for my lab since she has longer gait. I am suprise to read your posted comments that your lab walks behind you. How long is your treadmill? THanks!

Chris | Nov 1, 2005 12:00 PM
I don't own a "dog" treadmill, but I see Caesar Millan using it all the time on his show, the Dog Whisperer. I actually just use my regular treadmill and my lab follows behind me. He is not leashed on (anymore- because I thought it was more dangerous with him leashed on to the machine!) but just follows me at about a 1.2-2.0 mph speed. We both walk on it, and honestly it is better, not only because of weather, but because sometimes we just need to walk, and we can't handle 50 kids wanting to pet, talk to, etc. during our neighborhood walks. I am in school and I work, so time can be precious! Weekend walks outside are usually better for us.. but treadmills are the best!

Ana Romero | Dec 10, 2005 5:02 AM
I think this is wonderful. I have a litlle chihuhua very active BUT the winter is coming and he can't be outside for more than 10 minutes. PLEASE give me some information about the treadmill. Thank you !!! Ana

Jennifer | Dec 9, 2005 2:00 PM
I think dog treadmills are a great idea. Not everyone can sit home all day and do nothing, I have to work, therefore I can only take my dog for walks after work, which is great, but she needs to be walked before work as well, and where I live (MI) it's dark at 7:30 am in the winter and I have to be to work at 8am, I could get up at 6am to walk her, but guess what, it's still dark out, and I'm not walking around in the dark and getting hit by some idiot driver. So yeah, dog treadmills are wonderful for the times you want to walk your dog but cannot due to weather/etc. We don't all live in sunny locations, so keep that in mind before you get too critical :)

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| Dec 7, 2005 3:00 PM
Patti, you are in denial. You failed your dog. You need to own up and take responsibility and stop asking others to bail you out. Now Poor Lugar has to pay the price because of you. Shame on you.

Patti Koehne | Dec 7, 2005 3:01 AM
Hello, I have a dog that has been deemed dangerous by my local animal shelter, however he is not dangerous, but is a Pit Bull, and we are now in court for me to try to get him back. I need a treadmill to prove that I will never take him off my property, and keep the public safe, as that is all they care about. MY dog has been in solitary confinement for 3mths. already and they want to euthanize him, but I am fighting to have him, and then rehabed. Can you help? Patti

Jon | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
By increasing this treadmill's width by 3 inches, they call it a "dog treadmill." America has gotten so lazy that we now have to make sure our dogs are fit to show off for us in the spring. Also, we can buy a $5,000 treadmill for our dog, yet feed it this $.50 byproduct-crap-from-a-can while we feast on a steak, and say "bad dog!" when they try and beg for some.

Amy | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
What's next? An electronic babysitter for your kids? Oh yeah, we have that. It's called TV. Come on, if you don't have the time to walk your dog, you shouldn't have one. Notice in the drawing that the dog is being supervised. If you have time to watch your dog on a treadmill, you have time to take him outside for a walk.

banks | Dec 5, 2005 12:00 AM
I custom build and sell self powered dog tread mills in any size and color.They are awsome exercise and your dog will love you for it.It helps you exercise your dog no matter what the weather is.Some people just dont have enough time to take their dogs for walks or the extra money to pay someone to walk them for them.Now with my new tread mills walking your dog and his or hers proper exercise is really affordable.Just email me any ??'s or conserens to steve@banksbigpitbulls.com and i will be glad to get back to you asap. THANKS STEVE

tom and marry | Dec 4, 2005 3:01 AM
Thanks for the advice on pawwws, our dogs love using the treadmill.....

Kevin | Dec 2, 2005 8:00 PM
I recently purchased a pet treadmill at a show from pawwws.com, I have 3 dogs and they love it. I think pawwws is rather new but the machine is fabulous and it saves me alot of time.

Teresa White | Dec 2, 2005 1:02 AM
Dog treadmills can be purchased at www.jogadog.com.

Sandy | Dec 1, 2005 10:01 PM
hi folks - i am looking for a good treadmill for my dogs, which range in size from 35-80 pounds - does anyone have suggestions re a good unit? thanks - sandy

John Barfield | Nov 2, 2004 9:01 AM
I am looking for a reasonaBLY PRICED TREAD MILL FOR MY EIGHTY PD. DOG, CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE I CAN PURCHASE ONE? USED WOULD BE PREFFABLE AS I AM ON A LIMITED INCOME. THANK YOU. CROONER@695ONLINE.COM

Okami | Nov 2, 2004 5:01 AM
This actually isn't a stupid invention, especally for us with working dogs. Unless you have the time to slowly walk a dog for 3 hours every single day, then this is the perfect solution.

Jack | Nov 1, 2004 2:01 AM
Hi. I have a dog that requires exercize every day, or he is just a little too crazy. If it is very cold or snowing/raining, I think a treadmill would be the perfect solution to keep his schedule and keep us all sane.

Tiffany | Dec 10, 2004 2:01 AM
This is actually not a silly invention. Dog treadmills are still around and are used for show dogs. It helps the dog exercise more properly which helps his gait (when they run around the ring, technically called the trot) improve. Some "road work" their dogs, that is, trot them next to a bike but this can do damage to shoulders. Also some people cannot physically exercise their dogs properly (overweight, severe asthma, elderly) therefore this invention is actually very useful. Dogs are lazy too and won't always run around a backyard and get their complete exercise.

Mike Garrett | Dec 3, 2004 11:00 PM
This invention is a Jetson ripoff, "Jane, stop this crazy thing!!!".

GUMMIBARE | Dec 3, 2004 2:01 AM
Just what we needed,dogs walking around with Hulk legs.

Mike Brown | Dec 1, 2004 7:01 PM
> Surprisingly, the first dog treadmill patent in the US was awarded way back in 1939. It was patented long before then - animal powered treadmills go back to the 1600's, and a dog treadmill was patented in the US as early as 1868. See this website for references to a number of them: http://www.americanartifacts.com/smma/power/tread.htm Unfortunately, although they give the name, patent date, and a drawing, they don't give the patent number for the 19th century dog treadmill patents.

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