Thats great news. Can't wait to see the pics.
Thank you so much for this information...Very helpful!Max was the same way at first. This is what the trainer had me do. It helps to have two people when you get to the point of starting the belt. I also have Max hang out in the room with me when I'm on the treadmill in the mornings. The first time I tried to get him on it we backtracked to the point of him hiding at the top of the stairs as far as he could get from the treadmill. I had to build his trust back with baby steps.
1. put it on a wall so that one side is blocked
2. give him treats for getting on the treadmill or even getting near it. Depending on how nervous he is do it a couple times a day for several days
3. give him treats for sitting near the treadmill while it is beeping and running. get him used to the noises. have him in the room while you use it.
4. tell him to get on. one of you block the side and hold his collar. the other kneel in front and coax him and hold treats
5. start slow and don't force him but give little nudges to get him walking.
6. give a command to get him to jump thru the front (not the side or back) only after it stops. Make him wait so that he doesn't anticipate that and do it on his own.
7. do short little sessions and "throw him a party" ie: yay! good boy! each time to make it fun. play for a few minutes and try again.