Canicross means running cross country (on trails) with your dog in harness. Sounds straightforward enough, right?
You could just grab some shoes (and a harness & leash) and head out the door with your hound. But just like with regular running, starting without preparation or wearing badly fitting kit can quickly lead to injuries and spoil your fun. Worse still, it can turn your dog off the idea altogether.
We’re not just asking our dogs to run with us or near us, we’re asking them to learn a whole new set of skills and behaviours. Doesn’t it make sense to train this stuff carefully just like you’re going to build up your fitness?
Morag has been canicrossing with her own dogs for over ten years now, and along the way she has qualified as a professional dog trainer, community running coach, remedial human & canine massage therapist and more. In March 2017 Morag successfully completed the Hardmoors 55 mile ultra with Freya-UltraCollie.
If they can do it, so can you!
NEW Workshops Sun 22nd April 2018
Introduction to Canicross REACTIVE DOGS (10am, 11am and 1pm)
Running with your dog can give you a sense of freedom especially if your dog can't usually go off lead.
Giving them a job to do can help with anxiety and frustration, plus the exercise helps to drain excess energy.
The best way to learn is in a very small group with just one other reliable dog as a model. We can do harness fittings calmly, no need to work round other dogs and people. Then we go out together to work on your skills, and help your dog learn to concentrate.
Our Reactive Dog Canicross Sessions are ideally suited for anyone working with one of our behaviour team, or another qualified behaviourist, who wants to take up this transformational sport.
Apply through the link below, or email us through the enquiry form to discuss!
Introduction to Canicross GROUP WORKSHOP (2pm - 5pm
Don’t waste precious time buying harnesses on the internet, only to return them when they don’t fit your dog properly.
We offer a specialised introductory session where you and your dog will be fitted with the right kit and try it out on the trails with us. We’ll help you teach the basic commands to your dog or dogs, and get you running together as a team.
Book your kit fitting and introduction to canicross workshop here:
Tutors: Morag and Laura are keen canicrossers, and qualified community running coaches with Run England. They have the knowledge and practical skills to help you love canicrossing with your dog!
Safety note: Running in harness at human speed is quite different to the kinds of running that dogs do off leash, so please consider a thorough vet check before starting and follow a good couch to 5k type training plan even if you already run frequently.
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