dogPACER Minipacer Treadmill Review: Best Mini Treadmill for Dogs

The dogPACER Minipacer Review At A Glance

We like:

  • LCD display
  • Run speed from 0.5 to 7.5 MPH with 0.1 MPH increments
  • Weighs only 61 pounds so it’s quite portable
  • Pre-programmed exercises
  • Competitively priced

We don't like:

  • Fixed incline (non-adjustable)
  • Flimsy side railing
  • Warranty is only available for 110V markets

Treadmill specifications:

  • Max dog weight - 55 pounds
  • Dimensions - 42″L x 21.5″H x 28.5″
  • Running area - 38" L x 16" W
  • Product weight – 61 pounds
  • Running speed – 0.5 to 7.5 MPH
  • Incline – 4.5 degrees (fixed)
  • Electric – 110V (important for warranty)
  • Warranty – 1 year on parts and craftsmanship, and lifetime warranty for frame

Summary of our detailed dogPACER Minipacer Treadmill Review:

The dogPACER brand has a reputation for manufacturing pet treadmills at excellent value. Similarly spec’d treadmills from other manufacturers would cost an arm and leg, but not this treadmill. So, if you’re looking for a good-quality mini treadmill for dogs at an affordable price, this is a great buy!

Taking your dog out for a walk every single day is probably fine if you’ve got tons of free time. But what if you can barely muster the energy to go out after coming home from work? And if you’ve got a family to look after, walking the dogs regularly can seem like a herculean chore.

If you’re looking for a solution, here’s one: try getting a dog exercise equipment like a pet treadmill. If your dogs don’t weigh more than 55 pounds, then the Minipacer may fit your pet’s exercise needs.


Advantages of the dogPACER Minipacer Treadmill

Favorite feature #1: Adjustable speed

Small dogs have short legs. It’s therefore important that you get them walking at a slow speed at first. The slowest speed setting on this machine is 0.5 MPH which should be slow enough for most small dogs.

If you think your dog’s ready to go from a slow trot to a fast one or even to a full run, you can adjust the speed easily. The good news is the increments go up by 0.1 MPH only, so it’s not too fast or too jarring for your dog.

Favorite feature #2: Light enough to move around

61 pounds isn’t too heavy. If you need to transfer the treadmill to some other spot, it should be quite easy to do. Plus, it’s also got transport wheels at the back, so you can just lift it up and push it to where you want to move it to.

Favorite feature #3: LCD display

The LCD display is a nice addition to the treadmill. It’s relatively small, but it’s got all the basics covered. You can easily see how much time has elapsed, what the current speed is, the distance covered, and even the calories burnt.

Favorite feature #4: Pre-programmed exercises

There are 3 exercise settings – P1, P2 and P3. Each one lasts for 30 minutes. P1 is the most basic one (goes up to 3 MPH) and P3 is the most advanced (up to 6 MPH). Selecting a pre-programmed exercise is great if you don’t want to manually adjust the speed every few minutes.

Of course, you should always keep an eye on your pets while they exercise. If at any time you see them struggling on the treadmill, stop the machine so they can catch their breath.

Favorite feature #5: Competitive pricing

This treadmill may cost a few hundred dollars, but it’s still relatively inexpensive. This machine offers excellent value for your money. If you think it’s frivolous to spend money on a pet treadmill, you can always take your dogs out for a walk (it costs nothing but time).

But think of the opportunity cost – you could be spending your dog-walking time doing something else that actually earns you money! So, I think getting a treadmill is a good investment for pet owners.


A Few Disadvantages

This is a great treadmill, but it does come with a few cons.

Disadvantage #1: Non-adjustable incline

The bigger dogPACER LF 3.1 has an adjustable incline but not this one. If incline is important to you, you can always buy the LF 3.1 but it is more expensive. An alternative solution would be to put the treadmill on an inclined surface (just make sure it’s stable though).

Disadvantage #2: No warranty for 220V markets

Yep, you read that right. dogPACER only has warranty for 110V markets, so if you live in a 220V country, you’re out of luck. In that case, a treadmill from another brand would be preferable. I recommend you check out either PetZen’s DogTread PZ1701 or the GoPet PetRun PR700 treadmill.  


Minipacer Actual User Reviews

Here’s what other buyers are saying about this popular dog exercise machine: 

I’ve got a couple of shih tzu’s. They’re lovable and cute, but they can get aggressive with each other when bored. I hated the mess they’d leave in the house when they’ve been cooped inside for too long. So, I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy this machine to hopefully calm both of them down. They weren’t fans in the beginning, so I had to tie their leash to the crossbar on top. After about a week, they finally got the hang of it. And now, I don’t need to tie them up. When I say ‘treadmill time!’, they run to the Minipacer and wait for me to turn it on! And yes, they use the machine at the same time (they’re small enough to fit with no problems).
I searched wide and low for the best mini treadmill for dogs, and this machine caught my attention. This may be a bit over my budget, but I also couldn’t afford the GoPet treadmill I was initially looking at. I’m on disability, you see, so I needed to find a way to get my King Charles Spaniel some exercise every day. I saved up for this thing, and I’m glad I did. My dog actually listens to me now and he’s so much more cuddly, especially after he goes on the treadmill. Thank you dogPACER for making such a great product!

FAQ's on the Minipacer Mini Treadmill for Dogs

  • Is it easy to get my dog to use the Minipacer?

It depends on the dog, really. But for the most part, you need to take it slow. You can check out this video on how to teach your dog to run on the Minipacer:

  • Do I really need to put up the side panels? It looks hideous.

No, you don’t. You can remove it if you don’t like it. But I think it’s best to leave it on at first, so your dog knows the boundaries and they don't fall on the side. Once your dog’s used to the treadmill, you can remove the panels.

  • My pup is already at 40 lbs. When he grows up, he’ll probably weigh as much as 70-80 pounds. Would you recommend this treadmill?

The max dog weight for this treadmill is only 55 pounds. Sure, your pup can use this now, but when he grows up, he’ll need a bigger treadmill. I recommend you check out the dogPACER LF 3.1 instead.

  • Can I get my 2 dogs to run on this thing at the same time?

Sure, if they both fit comfortably on the running belt, this shouldn't be a problem at all. Also, make sure their combined weight don’t go beyond 55 pounds. Else, you risk damaging the treadmill!

  • Is it okay to leave my dog unattended on the treadmill?

No, it’s not okay. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. So, always stay close and keep an eye on your dog.


Should you buy the dogPACER Minipacer treadmill?

If you have dogs that weigh less than 55 pounds, then this is a great pet mini treadmill to buy. Your dogs will love the minimum speed of 0.5MPH. For more active dogs, they’ll have fun with the 7.5 MPH max speed.

At the price it’s selling for, I think this machine offers great value for your money. So, yes, I think you should definitely consider this Minipacer when you go buy a pet treadmill!


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