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Home Journal Learning to run with your dog: Canicross
We discussed Canicross as an activity, the ideal kit, cues, and the range of benefits, before heading out on a run with our dogs. It was the perfect way to start a Sunday morning! 

Clare has shared with us her top tips, along with answering questions on all things Canicross.

What is Canicross? 

It’s off-road, hands-free cross country running with your dog, originating from dogsledding and skijoring. It is suitable for all ages and abilities.

 What kit do I need?

  1. A good, well-fitting harness for your dog that is designed for Canicross.
  2. The correct length bungee lead to connect you and your dog, which is designed to absorb any shock from the pull.
  3. A well-fitting waist belt for you. It is important that the running belt sits on the top of the hips, rather than around the waist. 

How old should my dog be in order to start running?

As with any dog sport, your dog should be one year of age, but take into account the size of the breed. It is also a good idea to seek advice from your vet before starting. 

Can any breed take part?

Yes, if the dog is old enough, healthy enough and willing enough.


Why is this Canicross a good idea?

It increases fitness and stamina, along with being a bonding and training opportunity for both you and your dog.

My dog is fearful of other dogs. Would Canicross be good for them?

If this is the case, then Canicross is excellent as it increases confidence for both you and your dog – new experiences and positive associations.

My dog cant be let off the lead. Does this work with Canicross? 

This gives your dog the perfect opportunity to run and enjoy running, as well as to gain some of the benefits of being off the lead.

 

Additional information

For more info about Canicross, visit DogFit.

Find out about your nearest social running group:
Canicross London Facebook Group
East London Canicross Facebook Group

 

 

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