Dosing Instructions

A lot of CBD dosage is “it depends”.

It depends on the problem being addressed, weight, metabolism, activity level, health condition, etc.

Start at a low dose and gradually increase every 5 days.

Dogs under 20 pounds start with 1-2 DROPS (not DROPPERS) per day and work upward.

1 full DROPPER = 10mg hemp extract

20 # dog = 1 full DROPPER / day
40 # dog = 2 full DROPPERS / day
60 # dog = 3 full DROPPERS / day
80 # dog = 4 full DROPPERS / day
100 # dog = 5 full DROPPERS / day


The pet health forum is founded to discuss the components of the DOGGYTREAD PROTOCOL, which are raw diet, plant medicine, and treadmill therapy.

The (late, great) Doggytread dogs Chico and Gidget.


One of the cornerstones of the Doggytread Protocol is the used treadmill. It is a humble and often overlooked piece of exercise equipment which, until now, has not been recognized for its full potential.

His symptoms included yelping in pain after long periods of rest, walking with stiff, straight back legs, and sometimes losing power in his hindquarters entirely making his butt hit the ground. No fun for anybody.

In addition to a change in diet, the first used treadmill was acquired from the online classified ads. It was dusty, but functional, designed for human beings, and acquired for a purchase price of $5.

Within a few weeks, Saint Chico’s hip stiffness began to go away.

The gentle incline of the treadmill made his little “doggy buns” stronger.

His knees and ankles started moving properly.

Saint Chico lived for an additional five years and his doggy buns worked well right up until his last day.

What kinds of dogs can benefit from treadmill therapy?

Older dogs with arthritis
A treadmill provides gentle, predictable exercise for older animals with stiffness.

Dogs convalescing from surgery
Knee replacements, hip replacements, dogs
wearing the “cone of shame” can all benefit from this gentle form of physical therapy.

Dogs prone to hip dysplasia
The hips are the largest joints in the body. The gentle, steady, uphill gait of the treadmill can potentially prevent, reduce or reverse hip inflammation.

Athletic dogs
Just like any athlete, doggies needs to warm up before
strenuous exercise.

Rescue dogs
Treadmill therapy gently rehabilitates inactive connective tissue and muscles after long periods of confinement.

Service animals
Dog owners that may be alter-abled or mobility impaired.

Dogs in urban areas
Treadmills provide consistent, predictable exercise
for doggies in areas where open spaces are scarce.

Reactive dogs Dogs that are reactive to people or other animals can be exercised in the privacy of your home.

Doggytread Treadmill Therapy General Guidelines

Provide space in front of the treadmill to stand. (Also, your dog won’t think it is walking into a wall.)
Never go faster than a slow or medium pace.

Keep the training sessions short.

Watch to see if your dog looks stressed or unhappy. If your dog spooks, it can take a very long time to reverse that aversion.

Give the dog a “marker” to let them know when they’ve succeeded. We will use “Yes!” as our marker, followed by verbal praise and treats.

Reinforce the desired behavior immediately with a “Yes!” (marker) followed by verbal praise and treats.

Timing is important. The bigger the training milestone, the bigger the treat.

“Everything is a trick.”
Your interactions with your dog during this time are 100% positive and reinforced by a high-value treat of your choice.

Pepperoni is excellent for training (and pizza). Extremely fragrant, lots of fat and salt. Who doesn’t love that?

If your dog isn’t happy, back up to an earlier “trick” until it is comfortable.

Never tie or leash your dog to the treadmill.
Watch for wide, stressed eyes and a tucked tail.

Never leave your dog unattended on the treadmill.

A comfortable walking speed on a gentle incline is what you want. Start slowly and include lots of treats.

A slower speed on the treadmill will prevent injury and negative associations with unpleasant experiences.

The “Tricks”

The dog receives a treat every time it completes a trick.

Don’t place a timetable on when you think your dog should be progressing to the next trick.

Focus on sharing positive and enjoyable moments with your best buddy.

The magic happens when everyone is having fun!

Trick #1: Going Potty

It’s no fun to play when you have to pee or poop, so don’t forget to let your doggy out to relieve themselves before a treadmill session.

Reinforcing this behavior with a treat makes for quick trips!

Trick #2 Doggy looks at the treadmill

The treadmill is not yet in the house. Perhaps doggy accompanied their human on the ride to get the treadmill. Perhaps the treadmill is outside in the bed of the pickup truck.

Where ever the treadmill is, doggy finds it to be an EXCITING PARTY and is given the HIGHEST VALUE TREATS the second your doggy sees the treadmill.

This makes a big impression on your doggy and lays the foundation for happy, cooperative, 100% positively reinforced training sessions.

It’s a pepperoni party! Everything is fun!

Trick #3: Doggy approaches or stands next to the treadmill

**** Treadmill is not yet turned on ****

Place treats on the edges of the treadmill for your doggy to find. Allow them to “discover” the treats next to and on the edges of the treadmill.

Every dog is different. Each one has its own comfort zone for stimulation and it is important not to force the dog on to the treadmill and create negative associations.

Some dogs may hop right up and start walking, others may take a bit more time to warm up to a new object in their space.

Shorter training sessions a couple times a day is preferable to a single longer session.

Your dog is the bees knees, it’s true!

Doggy has already learned three “tricks” if they’re standing next to the treadmill. Keep up the good work and the positive pepperoni reinforcement!

Trick #4: Doggy gets up on the treadmill

**** Treadmill is still turned off ****

You get the picture. Your dog thinks of the treadmill as a giant pepperoni dispenser.

Allow your dog to climb on, sniff and explore their treadmill.

You can place toys and treats on the treadmill to be found later.

Feed the doggy its meals on the treadmill.

Yay treadmills!

Trick #5: Doggy hops on and off the treadmill on command

**** Treadmill is still turned off ****

Put treats up on the treadmill itself and ask the dog to climb aboard.

Dog hops on the treadmill.


The JACKPOT is a major milestone and deserves major rewards!!!

Handfuls of treats, lots of hugs, verbal praise, YOUR DOGGY HAS HIT THE JACKPOT!!

Continue to hop on and off the treadmill for practice and to make the dog comfortable with the activity.

Keep it fun.

Keep it playful.

Don’t move too fast.

You’re doing great! You must really love your dog.

Trick #5: Sushi Belt Doggy Treats

**** Treadmill is moving very slowly ****

The treat is placed on the edge of the slow moving belt and the dog eats it off the moving belt.

“Sushi belt” style of treats is continued.

Treats are gradually moved closer to the center of the belt, and the dog must reach further and further to get rewarded.

**** Treadmill is still moving very slowly ****

Your dog will eventually hop on to the moving belt to be rewarded.

Practice hopping on and off the moving treadmill to make the dog comfortable with the activity.

Give your doggy a JACKPOT for hopping both on and off the treadmill!

Give yourself a jackpot (pepperoni?) for getting this far! Great work!

Trick #6: Doggy is walking on the treadmill

Adjust the treadmill platform to a gentle incline and never go faster than a slow to medium walking pace.

Your doggy may need you to stay next to them on the treadmill at that point.


When the training session is over, deliver the JACKPOT.

Lots of praise, lots of treats, make it a big deal!

CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve taken a big step toward a HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, LONGER life for your dog!

Keep up the good work!!


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