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
It’s off road, hands free cross country running with your dog originating from dogsledding/ skijoring and is suitable for all ages and abilities.
What Kit do I need and why?
A good well fitting harness for your dog that is designed for canicross
The correct length bungee lead to connect you and your dog which is designed to absorb any shock from the pull.
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 to start running?
As with any dog sport your dog should be 1 year of age but take in to 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?
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
For more information on Canicross visit the DOGFIT website and you can find out about your nearest social running group below.