GoPet Small Treadwheel Review: Best Exercise Wheel for Small Dogs

The GoPet Small/Toy Breed Treadwheel At A Glance

We like:

  • Stable and safe enough for pets to use even if they’re unsupervised
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Great for the environment because it’s not electricity-powered
  • Thick matted surface to protect your dog’s paws
  • Training door included in your purchase
  • Your dog controls the treadwheel’s speed
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors

We don't like:

  • More expensive than regular treadmills

Treadwheel specifications:

  • Max dog weight - 25 pounds
  • Dimensions - 44″H x 30″D x 40″W
  • Running area - 40" L x 12" W
  • Product Weight - 42 pounds
  • Warranty – 1-year warranty

Summary of our GoPet Small Breed Treadwheel Review:

This exercise wheel is made especially for small dogs up to 25 pounds. Sure, it may be a bit pricey, but think of how much you gain in return. You don’t need to worry about electricity, your pets can exercise anytime they want to, and it’s obviously going to do wonders for your fur baby’s health!

When you think of exercising your pets, the first thing that comes to mind is probably taking them out for a walk. Or perhaps, if you're usually strapped for time, you’ve thought about buying a pet treadmill.

Obviously, there's nothing wrong with either choice. But did you know dog exercise wheels or treadwheels offer a lot of advantages, too?

When it comes to the treadmill vs treadwheel debate, I firmly stand by my belief that treadwheels are much better investments than regular treadmills. Read this entire review to find out why.


Advantages of the GoPet Small Breed Treadwheel

Favorite feature #1: A ‘green’ exercise machine

Unlike traditional treadmills, pet treadwheels are considered ‘green’ exercise machines. This is because it’s powered solely by your dog, that is, you don’t need to hook it up to your nearest power supply. So, even if you live in a remote area with no electricity, your pets can still use this wheel!

Favorite feature #2: Pets can exercise anytime they like

Some dogs simply have a lot more energy than others. These dogs want to run pretty much all the time while others would be fine with a 30-minute walk every day.

The good thing about this environmentally-friendly wheel is that your pets can get on it anytime they like. There’s no limit – they control the speed and the duration of their workout.

If you’ve got a couple of small dogs, they can even get on the wheel at the same time if they feel like working out together.

Favorite feature #3: Easy on your dog’s knees and joints

One reason why treadwheels are better for your dog’s knees and joints is that they have full control over the machine. Unlike traditional treadmills, they’re at the mercy of whatever speed you’ve programmed it to run. For elderly dogs, this can mean the difference between getting healthy and getting injured.

Favorite feature #4: Training door is great for starters

Dogs not used to the treadwheel are in danger of falling off. Fortunately, there’s a training door included when you buy the wheel, so in the beginning, it’s best to attach the door to the wheel.

Once they start getting used to running on the wheel, you can then take the door off permanently. This way, they can get on the wheel anytime they feel like it.

Favorite feature #5: Gives you more free time

With traditional pet treadmills, it’s highly recommended you keep a close eye on your pet as they can easily injure themselves. However, with a treadwheel, you don’t even need to be at home for them to start using it!

This means you can go to work or go shopping and not worry about your doggo getting on his wheel. This GoPet exercise wheel is stable and safe for pets to use unsupervised.


A Single Disadvantage

Disadvantage #1: Relatively more expensive than treadmills

Well, this machine is great and all, but it doesn’t come cheap. In fact, it’s considerably more expensive than regular dog treadmills. That said, you do get to save a lot more money in the long run. With a treadmill, you’d need to worry about electricity. But not so with a treadwheel since it’s 100% powered by your pet.


Actual User Reviews

Here’s what other GoPet Small Treadwheel owners are saying about this machine:

I love love LOVE this wheel! Back when I had a pet treadmill, I always needed to sit close by to make sure my pug didn’t hurt himself. But ever since I got this wheel, I’ve had so much more free time! I can go wash the dishes or do the laundry while my dog runs on his ‘hamster’ wheel. He’s been using this thing for months and so I don’t have to attach the training door anymore. It’s basically open for him to use 24/7!
I was initially looking to buy a GoPet treadmill or even the Minipacer, but in the end, I decided against it. I saw how my friend’s beagle would run on his wheel without supervision. I wanted that, so I thought to myself the treadwheel would be the best option. I’m so glad I made this decision. My dog got the hang of it after a few days and he’s been running every single day! Without a doubt, this is my dog’s favorite exercise equipment! 
Getting my dog to use this wheel was a pain in the beginning. I think it took him more than a month to finally feel comfortable to use this on his own. I honestly thought about returning this and get the small DogTread treadmill instead, but I’m so glad I waited the adjustment period out. I used treats to encourage him to exercise. In the beginning, he would only run for a couple minutes before getting off. The next week, he’d go for 5 minutes. It was a slow start, but eventually, he got the hang of it. I highly recommend this machine!

Frequently Asked Questions About The GoPet Small Treadwheel

  • How loud is this thing?

It’s not loud at all! There’s no motor that powers this thing, only your dog. It’s very solidly constructed so it doesn’t creak at all.

  • How exactly do I get my dog to run on this machine?

Well, to be honest, not all dogs are going to enjoy using this immediately. That’s what the training door is for. So, put your dog inside the wheel, close the door, and encourage him to walk.. and walk… and walk. Here’s a video of a pup learning the ropes:

  • Is it safe for my dogs to run on the wheel?

Yes, it is. In fact, treadwheels are much safer than treadmills because they have total control over the wheel’s speed. Also, the running surface is made of thick rubber so it will protect your dog’s paws.

  • Can big dogs run on this machine?

Well, the limit is 25 pounds. Anything more than that and you risk damaging the wheel. For bigger and heavier dogs, check out the GoPet Large Treadwheel – this can accommodate dogs up to 150 pounds.


Should you buy this GoPet Treadwheel?

If you can spare the money, yes, this is a great investment. It’s not only great for your pet’s health, but it’s also great for the environment.

Traditional pet treadmills are great too. But in terms of long-term benefits, I’d say treadwheels make the most sense from a financial and pet health point of view!


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