Is canicross good for dogs?

Canicross is a safe sport for young dogs because the speeds are moderate and the movements are controlled. The movement is quite linear, unlike dog sports such as flyball or agility. Unless your dog has some severe known health issues, canicross is a fairly safe sport.

Are dog harnesses bad for training?

NO! A wrongly fitted harness can affect a dog’s gait and movement. Several animal professionals, behaviourists, trainers and I would never recommend a harness that goes around a dog’s chest due to how they place pressure on a dog’s shoulder, restrict a dog’s movement and gait.

What do I need for canicross?

All you need to get started in canicross are three items; a waist belt for you, a harness for your dog(s) and a bungee line. There are a few brands and styles out there that all do a great job but we appreciate it can be a minefield.

Can I over exercise my dog?

If they are not used to more than a 10-minute walk or playtime, suddenly expecting more than an hour of activity can set them up for injury and medical problems. If they’re over-extended, they may be resistant to exercise or develop mobility issues, anxiety, and exhaustion/lethargy.

Can all dogs do canicross?

This activity, sometimes called urban mushing, has grown in popularity over the years. Today, this team sport, more commonly known as “Canicross” (canine + cross country), is practiced by all kinds of people and all breeds of dog.

When can dogs do canicross?

Most dogs should not start canicross until they are between one and two years of age, depending on their size and breed. In general, larger dogs take longer to reach maturity, and so shouldn’t participate in canicross until a bit later.

What kind of harness do you use for canicross?

Like other varieties of urban mushing, canicross has since grown to be a popular sport in its own right. Canicross involves a dog (or sometimes two dogs) staying attached to a runner, with the runner wearing a waist belt with a bungee cord that attaches to the dog’s harness.

Do you need a back clip for canicross?

While you certainly can go jogging with your dog on a handheld leash and any old back-clip harness, true canicross involves your dog pulling you. This means that you both need specialized equipment! We’ll go over the best gear to grab further down.

Why do you need waist belt for canicross?

A wide waist belt helps disperse the force of the dog’s pulling so that it’s comfy for the runner. It’s basically an extreme version of running with your dog. Technically this sport requires the dogs to pull, but you absolutely can get started by simply jogging with your dogs and then move into the pulling aspect later.

Which is harness for my dog manufactured in the UK?

Our own DogFit kit is manufactured in the UK. Which harness for my dog? If you are confused by the selection of canicross harnesses available, we can help guide you on a suitable choice for your dog. By completing our >> online form, we can understand a little more about you and your dog and recommend a suitable choice for you both.