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The Dog Treadmill – when it’s too cold/wet to go outside

In case it’s very cold and wet outside or you are not feeling well, a dog treadmill might be the right gift for both you and your dog. Of course, taking your dog out for a walk (or run) is the most ideal thing to do at least once a day, there might be circumstances when you can’t fit it in your schedule.

A dog treadmill can give a dog a great workout and ensure your dog maintains a consistent exercise regimen. Dog treadmills have been shown to provide increased muscle definition, toning, improve vitality, increase life span and help curb destructive behavior or excess energy often associated with the lack of regular exercise.

Here are a few Dog Treadmill models to check out:

The DogTread
The Small DogTread features a pet-friendly design, whisper-quiet motor and training guidelines that make it easy to train small dogs quickly. It is portable and easy to store or transport anywhere you go with your pet. Perfect for small dogs and small spaces. Includes the DogTread K9 Fitness Program with instructional DVD containing a 30 Day Step-by-Step Training Program and a 2 year warranty.
dogpacer-dog treadmill dogPACER Dog Treadmill
Made for dogs weighing from 1 to 179lbs, the dogPACER treadmill provides a more than 71″ x 16.5″ running surface, a whisper-quiet motor, patented folding technology and customized running programs. The running speed is 0.5 to 7.5 MPH and has an adjustable incline (5 – 9 Degrees). 1 year warranty on all parts and 3 years on the frame.
Go Pet Petrun Dog Treadmill GoPet Petrun For Dogs Up to 44 lbs
The PetRun PR700 Dog Treadmill for dogs up to 44 lbs and is easy for your dog to climb aboard, walk and run without fear or shyness. This dog treadmill is foldable making it easy to store and features a silent driving system for quiet operation, wireless remote controls and a safety lock system. The PetRun Dog Treadmill has push button controls which provide gradual increase and decrease in speed.
GoPet PetRun PR720F Dog Treadmill GoPet PetRun Dog Treadmill for Small to Medium Dogs
The GoPet PR720F Dog Treadmill is designed for dogs up to 132 lbs. If there is a snow or thunderstorm outside, this is a great way to give your dog some exercise. It has an  air cylinder auto-fold that makes it easy to store when not in use.

GoPet also has dog treadmills for medium, large and extra large dogs (up to 175).

So if the weather is just too bad outside, go ahead and get your dog (and perhaps yourself) on a treadmill. A great way to stay in shape and still be able to eat all those holiday meals and treats!

GoPro Fetch – Seeing from a Dog’s Point of View

GoPro FetchWe’ve seen a number of very cool videos capturing the world from a dog’s point of view and we wondered how did those owners mount the cameras on their dogs?

Well we’ve come across a product which will let you affix a camera to your dog. With the GoPro Fetch you can mount it to capture the world from your dog’s point of view.

The harness features two mounting locations for a variety of perspectives: the chest (for bone-chewing, digging and front-paw action) and your dog’s back (for over-the-head shots of running, jumping and play). Quick release bases make attaching and removing the camera easy.

GoPro Fetch Harness

The GoPro Fetch harness is made of washable, water-friendly material so your dog can swim, play and get dirty without a worry. The soft, padded construction, including at all adjustment points, keeps your dog comfortable.

Fully adjustable to fit small, medium and large breed dogs from 15 to 120 lbs (7 to 54 kg). If desired, the chest mount is removable to accommodate smaller dogs.

This video does a great job of explaining the product:

The Dog DNA Test – What Breeds Make Up Your Dog?

Dog DNA testIf you are one of those heroes that went to the pound or animal shelter to adopt your dog, you might be wondering – what breeds is my dog made out of? Maybe you’re just curious or perhaps you want to identify any potential health issues or disease predispositions based on their breed mix?

What we were surprised to learn is that your dog’s physical appearance is largely controlled by a small number of genes. These genes can have both recessive and dominant variants and the variants that are present determine the visible effect on physical traits seen.

As a result the presence of various breed signatures does not guarantee that the dog will look like all detected breeds. The wonder of genetic inheritance can be seen as much in dogs as it can in people. So what you see perhaps is not what you actually have…

Since you can’t totally guess your dogs breed ancestry based on looks, we researched some great DNA testing options for you. [Read more…]

Automatic Dog Doors – So Only Your Dog Goes In & Out

Dog DoorsFor all those lucky dogs that have backyards, balconies and terraces, there’s a tech innovation for dog doors. Normal dog doors let your pet in and out of the house, but also give access to other pets to come in and out of your home. This clearly opens some security issues. Now you can get an electronic dog door, which only opens for your dog and automatically locks once he passes through the dog door.

How Does It Work?

The PetSafe dog door “SmartKey” attaches on your dog’s collar and has a range that is adjustable up to 3 feet. The SmartDoor reads a unique signal from the SmartKey on your dog’s collar and triggers the flap to unlock. After your dog passes through, the dog door will relock again automatically. When the SmartDoor no longer senses your dog’s SmartKey, the flap automatically locks back into place. Animals without the SmartKey are not able to enter. You may have a total of 5 SmartKeys in use at one time. In addition to the automatic mode, you can also manually set the dog door to “locked” or “unlocked.”

The pet door itself has a Plexiglas flap, and is tapered to create a tighter, energy efficient seal.  The two layer polycarbonate door is weather resistant and prevents discoloration from the elements. It’s also offered in two sizes: small and large.