For those that don’t know, I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and last year, we had a record year for snowfall. I love snow. Adore it. But it was an absolutely absurd amount of snow.
As you can imagine, this presented some problems for those of us with high-energy dogs in need of exercise.
I tried everything. Fetch with a ball meant losing 30 or so balls in the snow before I gave up. Bought a frisbee, sent it sailing into my neighbor’s yard on the third toss. Couldn’t bike, couldn’t run, couldn’t even walk – that’s how deep and persistent the snow was.
And it was a very. Long. Winter.
After all that, I swore that I wouldn’t get caught out again without a way to at least take the edge off of my dog’s energy levels.
Enter: my Christmas present to myself this year, the DogPacer LF 3.1 Treadmill.
Disclaimer: I do not in any way, shape, or form, speak for DogPacer, nor are they paying me to tell you anything. Sad day, I know.
I purchased my DogPacer through All K-9, though it shipped directly from the manufacturer in Nevada.
I ordered it right around December 20th and received it on December 26th – not a bad turn-around time for the Christmas season!
I have to admit, I was genuinely concerned about the assembly process. I am NOT handy (there are many, many stories I could tell to demonstrate this point, but please just take my word for it). I am NOT handy or strong or even particularly coordinated, so the building of anything generally makes me break out in a cold sweat.
I was pleasantly surprised. This DogPacer shipped in just a few pieces, and it only took me about 15 minutes to get it up and running. It is decently heavy, though, so I needed a second person to help me move it around a couple of times.
My second big concern was how difficult it might be to convince my dog to cooperate. Again, I was pleasantly surprised when he took to it almost immediately.
I’ve used my DogPacer almost daily since it arrived, and it’s been fantastic so far. It seems solid and well-built, and it isn’t any louder than any other treadmill I’ve ever encountered.
Bonus – my dog adores it. I say “Treadmill!” and he hops on and waits for me to start it up, tail wagging.
Obviously, this isn’t a replacement for mental stimulation, training sessions, or other forms of exercise.
But I didn’t purchase it to be any of those things. I purchased it to fill in the exercise gaps when we can’t go outside due to ice, mud, snow, sub-zero temperatures, etc… And, thus far, it has fulfilled this role beautifully.
Disappointingly, we don’t have any snow currently and it is a balmy 45 degrees Fahrenheit outside. But! When winter does finally decide to arrive, all of my dog friends are going to be so jealous!
I would definitely recommend the DogPacer treadmill for all dog owners that might ever find themselves in a situation where exercising outdoors isn’t an option for whatever reason. I’m definitely a fan, and I don’t at all feel like an insane dog-lady when I tell people that. 😉