Squeaks Mobile Dog Run uses slatmill treadmills to provide dog exercise. Slatmill treadmills have a belt made up of plastic or wooden slats that are wrapped around wheels at the ends of the treadmill. The slats make up the running surface of the treadmill which provide for continuous motion for your dog to walk, trot or run on. Our slatmill treadmills have NO MOTORS which means your dog must do all the work, your dog is literally the motor. Squeaks Mobile Dog Run comes to you and your dogs exercise on our treadmills in the back of our cargo van. We use top of the line commercial slatmill treadmills to provide the best overall exercise experience for your dogs.
How it works…your dog must wear a harness with a top clip. They are loaded onto the treadmill typically from the rear and positioned facing the front of our van. The dog’s harness is clipped to a connecting chain above the dog in the center of the treadmill. The treadmill can provide multiple adjustments to position your dog comfortably on the treadmill. We can adjust the height of the connection and move the connection forwards and backwards. During this time, our slatmill surface has been located and unable to move. Once releasing this locking mechanism your dog is free to move at any pace they like.
We are there to help teach your dog and provide encouragement so your dog can get those cobbs out. These slatmill treadmills are propelled by your dog pushing their hind legs, this engagement provides a healthy form of exercise. Let’s compare a typical dog walk verse the slatmill treadmill exercise session.
Typical dog walk is done at human walking speed on flat ground. This form of exercise for a dog is wonderful for sniffing and moving of the joints but it is at human speed on flat ground, which limits your dogs exercise and energy burn. Our treadmills have an incline system built in, if you dog wants to walk, they can walk, but if they want to run, they can run as fast as they want to. These treadmills also reduce the amount of weight on the dog’s front shoulders.
The workout on these treadmills is also a mental workout. This mental workout provides your dog with physical exercise that your dog controls. This workout is mental because your dog is being exposed to new situations which are engaging. Your dog must learn to trust the equipment and operators. Your dog must learn how the treadmill operates by which i mean that your dog must learn to start and stop the treadmill. Your dog must also learn balance. Through in some confidence and your dog is now ready to run on a slatmill treadmill.
We get our slatmill treadmills from Dog Trotter USA out of Virginia. These machines are made of an aluminum chassis and use a bearing-rail system which allows for a free-spinning belt. There is a disc braking system and additional belt locking. Dog Trotter is our choice as the only long sustaining dog treadmill manufacturer in the United States.
Slatmill treadmills are an amazing mental and physical workout for your dog. This exercise is only meant as a supplement to your dog’s normal exercise routine. Never let your dog workout on a slatmill treadmill or any treadmill without supervision.