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Hello everyone.
Hope to get some advice with getting my 2yr old Labrador adjusted to the carpet mill.
I'm having a big issue getting him to understand that pulling on the harness is the way to get the machine moving, as he has spent the first 2 yrs of his life being totally aware pulling is not allowed (I don't walk him on the harness and he great loose leash walking) how do i get him to understand on the carpet mill pulling is needed.
He was extremely scared getting on it the first time, shaking ect. We have moved past that now but he will just sit on the carpet mill and refuse to pull.
I mean I get it from his perspective but how do i get him to understand pulling is ok on the mill but not anywhere else.

Thank you in advance for any help.
 

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What's a carpet mill? So far as I've known, it's a place that manufactures carpets, and Google didn't help me find anything different.
 

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Teaching him to pull against it off the mill might work.

What's a carpet mill? So far as I've known, it's a place that manufactures carpets, and Google didn't help me find anything different.
It's a type of manual treadmill.
 

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This is a carpet mill. Like a dog powered treadmill, strap them in a harness and let them go....well that's how it's supposed to go
 

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So he's' not really pulling anything. He walks and that makes it go?

A total digression - my mother used to tell me how when she was a child, they used the family dog on a treadmill setup to churn butter. And every time they were ready to start, the dog hid. My own only hide when they see the Dremel I use on nails.
 

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It's got more friction then a slat mill so he does have to pull against the harness to make it work.
 

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I have to ask...Why?

I must say it looks mind numbingly boring..
One reason health clubs put running machines and bikes near windows is so that people have something to look at while running nowhere... Maybe if you gave him something to walktowards?
 

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I have to ask...Why?

I must say it looks mind numbingly boring..
One reason health clubs put running machines and bikes near windows is so that people have something to look at while running nowhere... Maybe if you gave him something to walktowards?
Exercise options in bad weather, for one. Also, if the dog really likes to run, and the owner doesn't have the time or safe space to let them run, the dog can run. Some dogs love them, especially higher drive, higher energy dogs.
 
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Exercise options in bad weather, for one. Also, if the dog really likes to run, and the owner doesn't have the time or safe space to let them run, the dog can run. Some dogs love them, especially higher drive, higher energy dogs.
Oh ok .. I've never seen anything like that before. it might do for George but I think we'd have to hold a lamb chop or a rabbit or something in front of it to get him to actually run.
We normally just track around the countryside regardless of the weather.
 

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Oh ok .. I've never seen anything like that before. it might do for George but I think we'd have to hold a lamb chop or a rabbit or something in front of it to get him to actually run.
We normally just track around the countryside regardless of the weather.
Wish I could just track around the countryside, that seems nice. Not an option where I'm from lol
 

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Wish I could just track around the countryside, that seems nice. Not an option where I'm from lol
I do realise that we are incredibly lucky living where we do. Some of the places we walk are UNESCO world heritage sites. Thats probably why I have never seen a treadmill for dogs. ..
 
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