Gone are the days where most houses have large back yards and the family dog can run freely. As outdoor spaces are getting smaller and people are working longer hours, often household dogs struggle to get the exercise they need. I must admit I'm a little uncomfortable with the idea of a super-sized mouse wheel, but for the family pet it may just well be a great solution for keeping active and happy.

Similar to the idea behind the Fit Fur Life Treadmills (but with a much cheaper price tag), GoPet is a North American company that manufactures tread wheels for the family dog.

The durable metal tread wheels are available in different sizes to suit your dog breed and can also come with a separate exterior cover to keep your pooch safely enclosed.

The idea is that while you are away you dog will remain entertained by running safely on the wheel.

Maybe one day we'll see an updated version where the energy from the wheel can be used to power a light in the dog's kennel or keep its bed warm at night.

Tread Wheels are available from GoPet starting off from US$375. The company also sells dog treadmills modeled on the human variety starting at around $540.

Via ChipChick