Canicross for Dogs

canicross for dogs


What is canicross?
Canicross a dog sport that involves running cross country, off-road with your dog. It is a great method for keeping you and your dog fit while exploring the outdoors together.

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Video of Canicross

( the race starts at .49 seconds so you fast-forward to that part since she doesn't speak English.)

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What is the purpose of canicross?
Running outside with your dog maintains a healthy lifestyle for you and your dog and enables you to spend quality time together. Dogs can be excellent running partners because they are dependable, always ready, and will adjust their pace to yours.

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Can any breed canicross?
While a healthy dog of nearly any breed can run, dedicated canicrossers prefer fast sporting breeds. The leader of canicross is the German Shorthaired Pointer. However, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Pit Bulls, Jack Russell Terriers, and Labrador Retrievers are also resolute, reliable, eager, and highly trainable running partners. Herding breeds are also ideal choices because they are responsive to commands and fast.

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What equipment is needed?
Special equipment is not required to start canicross. However, a padded canicross harness for your dog allows him to pull from his chest, reduces his chances of injury, and permits him to associate the harness for pulling and a leash for walking. A canicross waist belt enables you to latch the bungee line and padded dog harness safely to your waist.

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Are there organized events?
There are many regulated and competitive international matches, each with various levels, classes, and distances. Canicross is well known in the UK and most European countries. It is just getting started in the United States.

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How do my dog and I get started?
There is no special training required for this dog sport, although it is ideal to ensure that your dog is healthy enough to run for long distances. Make sure to check with your vet before starting canicross. To meet other members in your area, check for local events and clubs. Some include:

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