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Canicross is a way for both owner and dog to become healthier and fitter through the use of the outdoors. The name Canicross comes from the two words Canine and Cross Country…….no don’t think about those awful cross country runs at school…..this is fun…. honest!!
Canicross can become a way of life for you and your four legged friend!
To take part in Canicross you do not need experience in running, you could start off doing interval training with your dog (jog for a bit, walk for a bit) and gradually build this up into a run.
The fun part about Canicross is that it can appeal to almost everyone! It does not matter what fitness level you have and you will notice improvements after a matter of days. It also opens the door to making new friends for both you and your dog and provides time to create a special bond with your dog.
All shapes and sizes of humans and dogs welcome!
Please ensure you check with your vet beforehand that your individual dog is fit to take part in this activity.
Dog harness design is also very important, you must use a harness specifically designed for this sport. Incorrect harnesses can cause back problems in your dog. Please look at our Hurtta X Sport and Dragråttan X-Back harnesses.
As with a human, dog fitness needs to be built up gradually and you must be very conscious about hydration levels and weather conditions, particularly during warm weather, remember dogs can’t sweat to cool down! A dog enjoying itself can easily push itself into a state of heat exhaustion.
Note: Dogs can only start competing at the age of 12 months, even training prior to this age is not advised, please consult with your vet.
For more information about Canicross including where to find your local club please follow the link below.
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