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Building dog’s confidence with Firepaw Slatmill

Building confidence in a dog using a mechanical Firepaw dog treadmill (“Slatmill”) involves a gradual and positive approach. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Familiarization

  1. Introduce the Treadmill: Let your dog see and sniff the treadmill while it’s turned off. Offer treats and praise to create a positive association.
  2. Positive Reinforcement: Place treats on the treadmill and let your dog walk on it while it’s stationary.

Step 2: Slow Introduction

  1. Start Slowly: Turn on the treadmill at the lowest speed. Allow your dog to stand on it without expecting them to walk. Reward them with treats and praise.
  2. Short Sessions: Keep initial sessions very short (1-2 minutes) to prevent any fear or anxiety from developing.

Step 3: Building Comfort

  1. Gradual Increase: Slowly increase the speed and duration of the sessions over days or weeks, based on your dog’s comfort level.
  2. Stay Close: Stand next to your dog during sessions to provide comfort and reassurance.

Step 4: Positive Reinforcement

  1. Reward Consistently: Use treats and praise consistently to reinforce positive behavior.
  2. Encouragement: Encourage your dog with a cheerful tone, and make the experience fun.

Step 5: Regular Use

  1. Routine: Establish a routine to build familiarity and confidence.
  2. Monitor: Always monitor your dog’s body language and behavior for signs of stress or discomfort.

Tips for Success

  • Patience: Every dog is different. Some may take longer to adjust than others.
  • Consistency: Regular, consistent sessions will help build confidence over time.
  • Positive Environment: Ensure the environment around the treadmill is calm and free from distractions.


  • Fearful Behavior: If your dog shows signs of fear, slow down the process and give them more time at each step.
  • Professional Help: If needed, seek help from a professional dog trainer who has experience with treadmills.

By following these steps, your dog can gradually build confidence and enjoy using the Firepaw dog treadmill.



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