Climbing summer temperatures can make it both unpleasant and dangerous for owners to exercise their dogs outside, but a new company, RunBuddy Mobile, has created a convenient solution.
The air-conditioned trucks of RunBuddy Mobile are rigged with treadmills made for giving four-legged family members a powerful mental and physical workout.
About 14 years ago, founder David Lopez began adopting pit bulls scheduled to be euthanized for behavioral reasons. As he was adopting them, he started running the dogs on treadmills for exercise so they could release more energy and have calmer temperaments.
After moving to Arizona three years ago, Lopez began partnering with the non-profit group Arizona Search Dogs. He started training the dogs in the search-and-rescue teams of fire departments to run on the treadmills.
Lopez has improved his canine workouts by using self-propelled treadmills. These treadmills allow dogs to stop immediately if they want to and control the speed themselves, making for safer runs.
RunBuddy Mobile was officially launched in May, and Lopez now owns two treadmill trucks, each with five self-propelled treadmills.
Reduced anxiety, depression, aggression and weight are all health benefits Lopez said he has seen in dogs after they train on the treadmills. He said the benefits of his treadmill workouts outshine the daily routine walks most owners give pets.
“People have said they’ve never seen their dog in this good of shape,” Lopez said. “It’s that constant, repetitive motion of the treadmill where they’re not stopping to…
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