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Canicross Club Runs

Canicross

Fun, exercise and bonding
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What is Canicross?
Canicross is a slightly insane process of hooking yourself up to your dog and running off across fields, through mud, water, and up and down hills.


Started by our European cousins to keep their sled dogs fit over the summer months, it took off as a sport in its own right and has become a rapidly growing sport in the UIK.


So how does it work?
The runner wears a running belt, that offers a comfortable way of securing your dog to you and keeping your hands free for running. Your dog wears a special running harness, that allows freedom of movement and comfort for them to pull. The two (belt & harness) are connected together via an elasticated line, preventing any jolting or dragging of the lead. This allows your dog to run with you and assist your running by pulling.

The effect is simply great fun, your dog will love it and your bond will grow even stronger.

Who can take part in Canicross?

​Anyone can take part in canicross. 
There are no age restrictions for fun / training runs, and our runs are all about fun,

You do need to be healthy and capable of a 30-minute brisk walk, to take part. Runs will be tailored to a groups capability, so no one will feel embarrassed or get left behind.

If you wish to go further and enter a race (yes you can take this insanity to another level!) then most organised events will impose restrictions for certain distances or classes. Care should be taken to ensure you are aware of the proposed distance of a run before taking part.

​What do you need:

You do need to be healthy and capable of a 30-minute brisk walk, to take part. Runs will be tailored to a groups capability, so no one will feel embarrassed or get left behind.

Your dog needs to be over 12 months old and healthy and they should be fitted with a harness so that they can pull you without discomfort.

You will need suitable clothing, such as cross-country trainers and sports attire, that will keep you appropriately warm, dry and or cool. Clothing will get wet and dirty so please wear appropriate attire.

You should bring refreshments for yourself and your dog, as they will require a big drink after!

                       

What type of dog can I use?

Canicross welcomes any breed or cross breed of dog,  No dog is more suitable to have great fun at this sport. Most dogs love it and you wont stop that tail from wagging!
There is usually a two-dog maximum for any one runner, however we would always recommend starting with one, until you gain experience and confidence. Competition rules state that dogs should be over the age of 12 months for canicross and we strongly recommend that these guidelines are adhered to during all fun / training runs.

For longer distances (anything over 10km) we recommend that dogs must be aged 18 months or older.  If in any doubt, you are advised to seek veterinary advice before undertaking strenuous distances with a young dog. Breed specifics should be acknowledged and owners are responsible for their dog’s welfare.
Bitches in season are not excluded from taking part; however, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that adequate precautions are taken and that they acknowledge full liability.  
Any fouling must be cleared away and disposed of responsibly.

What equipment do I need?

We have a lot of equipment available for you to try and borrow at our taster sessions, however there are lots of options and choice for equipment for both dog and runner.

 

The basics are:

  • A running belt

  • A running harness for your dog – this should be fitted for your specific breed and shape.

  • A bungee cord (elasticated lead)

 

Dogs should wear a suitable harness and be attached to their handler by a line containing some elastic to act as a shock absorber. These lines should not be longer than 2 meters when fully extended and a waist belt is strongly recommended for handlers.

No head collars, choke chains or flexi leads are permitted. Muzzles should be used when required by the dog; however they must be the open, basket type, through which dogs can drink and take treats.

Runners should not wear shoes that could be dangerous to their dogs. Shoes with metal spikes are strictly forbidden.

What is a Canicross Taster?
This is a brief introduction into the basics of the sport. FItting harnesses to both you and your dog. Basic calls and signals for your dog, a brief warm up with your dog and a short run.


The session will take around 30 minutes, however attendees should arrive 15 minutes early to be fitted with equipment.

So how does it work?
All you need is you and your dog, we will provide everything else you need for the session.

You must register for any course so that we can confirm your place and provide the relevant information prior to attending.

Our sessions are led by a qualified instructor who will be on hand to assist and guide you around the course.

 

Will I be fit enough to take part?

You do need to be healthy and capable of a 30-minute brisk walk to take part.

we run gently for 30 seconds and walk for 60, to ensure everyone stays in a group and don't get too tired.

In total we cover approximately 2KM.

What about my dog?

Your dog needs to be over 12 months old and healthy.

 

If your dog requires additional space, this can be accommodated.

 

What equipment do I need?

We will provide everything you need for the initial 'Taster' session, so just your dog's regular collar / harness and lead etc. that you would use when walking on a lead.

 

No head collars, choke chains or flexi leads are permitted. Muzzles should be used where required; however they must be the open, basket type, through which dogs can drink and take treats.

Runners should not wear shoes that could be dangerous to their dogs. Shoes with metal spikes are strictly forbidden.

You should dress appropriately for physical exercise and for the weather conditions. We will be running on fields so you and your dog may get wet and muddy.

Canicross Couch to 5k

Getting started!
Continue to Enjoy
Fun introduction to the sport

What is a Canicross Couch to 5k?
This is a 6 week course designed to develop you and your dog from regular walkers into 5k Canicross runners.

The course gently developes the amount of running week on week, to build your capabilities, fitness and skills with your dog, to sustain a 5KM run safely and in control.

Broadly based on the couch to 5K running development course,  this works on development of you and your dog. Running with your dog is different as you help each other achieve your goals, which is way more fun than going solo!

Each session lasts around 60 minutes, however attendees should arrive a few minutes early to be fitted with equipment as required.

Attendees will need to practice during the week to get the most out of the course.

What equipment do I need?

You will require a full set of Canicross equipment for the course.

You can hire equipment from us initially, but it should be a goal to get your own to continue practicing.

You should dress appropriately for physical exercise and for the weather conditions. Trail running shoes are recommended for additional grip and support.  We will be running on fields so you and your dog will get wet and muddy.

Runners should not wear shoes that could be dangerous to their dogs. Shoes with metal spikes are strictly forbidden.

What is a Canicross Club Run?
These are runs organised by a Canicross Club, which allow canicross runners to attend and join in.

They are hosted a various locations for varied terrain and conditions and will have different distances.

Each run will be open to club members and communicated through the club group on facebook, publicising the location, distance and time.

 

This is a great way to continue the sport, develop your skills and meet like minded people while having a lot of fun.

 

How do I join?

You can join a club by requesting membership and paying a small fee to cover annual membership (insurance & admin). each club have their own rules and run locations and there are more and more clubs starting each month.

PSH Canicross Club

We will be forming a club very soon and organising social runs. Once we have a few more people interested we will start hosting runs in and around the local area. If you are interested just get in touch and we will keep you posted. Our runs will be based on fun and enjoyment and we ensure no one gets left behind. More details to follow.

Canicross Taster