We take Bailie on 20 minute walks for exercise an normally we walk the hiking trails near our home but with summer starting our weather here is scorching hot (103 degrees right now!), its just too hot to take her on outdoor walks. I rendered seeing videos of dogs using treaadmills and i thought that was the perfect solution. My questions are has anyone here taught their corgi to use the treadmill and if so was it difficult? Any pointers? Thanks so much!

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Comment by Beth Walker on June 28, 2012 at 3:48pm

My 4 corgi's walk on a treadmill when it is this hot outside. Most of them were easy to train, I had a couple that were scared to death at first but now they just jump right on the treadmill. When I first started them on the treadmill they would try to jump off the side of the treadmill. If you have people that can block each side when you start it is helpful, I have a wire crate that breaks down so I just put crate panel on each side of the treadmill. The first few days I just loaded them on it without turning it on. Once they were comfortable with getting on it I turned it on its lowest setting while sittiing in front of the treadmill, have a collar and leash on them to help bring them up to the front of the treadmill as it starts moving. With the corgi's that were terrified I sat in front of them and offered them small bits of chicken to entice them to move forward.The first few times I kept them walking on the treadmill until they relaxed and then took them off and praised them. It only took a few times and a little bit of patience and they now enjoy their treadmill time. Good luck

Comment by Cindi & Twinkie on June 28, 2012 at 3:47pm

Grrr.. I just typed a whole paragraph about how we did it with Twinkie!  Poof it is gone!!!!  I have to leave the house now but I will check back later and add anything I can that helps.  COMPUTERS!

Comment by John Wolff on June 28, 2012 at 3:42pm

I'd suggest the Siesta Method (very early AM, late PM) for walks.  I have used the Chillybuddy dog cooling vest with some success above timberline where there's no shade, but here in the Pacific Northwest we're talking 80F, not 103.  You have to keep the cotton liner wet.

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