Pooches pounding the Dragon's Den treadmill

PUBLISHED: 09:41 25 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

Little Revel End Kennels have installed the new Fit Fur Life treadmill

Little Revel End Kennels have installed the new Fit Fur Life treadmill

PAMPERED pooches in the district can now go walkies without getting their paws wet with the latest in canine technology at a local kennels. Little Revel End Kennels and Cattery in Redbourn has installed a specially-developed dog treadmill which was featur

PAMPERED pooches in the district can now go walkies without getting their paws wet with the latest in canine technology at a local kennels.

Little Revel End Kennels and Cattery in Redbourn has installed a specially-developed dog treadmill which was featured on BBC1's Dragons' Den.

The Fit Fur Life Treadmill attracted an investment of £100,000 from entrepreneur and multi-millionaire James Caan on the show.

Just like their human owners in the gym, the apparatus allows dogs to walk at various speeds on different inclines, helping them to build up muscle tone and fitness.

Triche Williams, owner of the kennels which has a canine training centre, said that the treadmill was particularly useful in exercising dogs recovering from accidents or surgery as well as increasing agility in dogs which were used for showing.

She added that owners were also putting their overweight dogs on the treadmill to trim a few inches off their waistlines.

Rhoda Burdett, the kennel's manageress and specialist trainer, said: "Many people don't walk their dogs fast enough to build up a good level of fitness and tone up their muscles. That's where short but regular - say three times a week - sessions on the treadmill can help dogs get fitter."

She added: "All the dogs - from dachshunds to Great Danes - who have used our treadmill seem to have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are always keen to use it again.


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