What is Canicross?
Canicross is the exciting and fast growing sport of off-road running with your dog. Offering a fun, social and highly effective way for you both to get fit. It is also the safest way to enjoy running with your dog – specially designed equipment allows you to run hands free and for you both to run comfortably and efficiently.
The best thing of all about canicross is that you don’t have to be an experienced runner to enjoy the sport. It’s suited to people and dogs of all ages and abilities – though we do advise that your canine buddy is over 12 months of age as growth plates in the legs especially are still forming and too much stress can lead to complications later in life. If in any doubt please seek guidance from your vet.
What you need to get started:
You need just 3 pieces of essential kit:
A waist belt for you: Our technical canicross waist belts with fixed, adjustable leg straps are specially designed for comfort and to prevent any back strain.
A harness for your dog: It is important that your dog has a properly fitted harness – one that sits comfortably doesn’t obstruct their airways. There are different styles depending upon your dog’s size, power and running style. Harnesses used for general walking are rarely suitable.
A bungee running line: This special bungee line attaches the two of you to each other. On end attaches to your waist belt and the other to your dog’s harness. The line helps absorb any shock from the pull of your dog so you get a nice smooth and comfortable pull.
What Paws & Play Offers
Couch to 5k power walking for a beginner and those who are unable to run
Couch to 5k for people who want to start to build up with their running
Improvers for those who can run 5k with or without their dog
Taster sessions which are 1-2-1 involve some inside run through, fitting of the harness and discussing commands for your hound. Followed by a little run outside.
If you think you and your hound would like to have a go at this, you can contact Bridget at Paws & Play. I will link her Facebook page in the comments section of this post.
Her email and contact number are below:
Mobile: 078 09423157