Instead, the sidewalks and parks are a sea of mud. Your fur-baby has little legs and even the shortest walk down the road ends up with wet, muddy fur and a bath for the little angel. Not great, especially when on a tight schedule to get to work.
But you also have another problem. Your dog may be little but he's not lacking in energy. If he doesn't get out to stretch his legs then he's liable to divert that unspent energy into mischief. So far this winter he's stripped wallpaper off the walls, chewed the edge of the window sills, and dug a hole in the carpet. You're not sure who's going to snap first: You or the dog.
Then a wonderfully simple solution presents itself. What if you were to train the dog to use the treadmill? It's a real light bulb moment and you can't think why it hasn't occurred to you before. The practicalities, however, are a little different. For a start, the dog bolts at the sound of the motor... Oh dear. Is the idea a runner after all?
However, all of these issues can be overcome, when you take things slowly and introduce each part of the puzzle individually, making sure the dog is confident and at ease before moving on to the next stage.
Ideally, site the treadmill somewhere with a view, rather than facing a blank wall. Most dogs will instinctively avoid running head first into a wall, so being able to see where they are going helps with training.
In addition, you will need: