Answers to All Your Questions
Canicross is cross-country running while attached to your dog. It originally started as a way to train sled dogs in the summer season when there was no snow, but now it's a popular sport in its own right. You wear a running belt, your dog wears a running harness and you're attached with a bungee line. Typically your dog is out in front, giving you a boost by pulling you along.
Cani-hiking (or canitrail) is just like canicross, using the same kind of equipment, but at a slower walking pace. Perfect for going hands-free over longer distances, or those who prefer to hike over running.
DO I NEED TO BE AT A CERTAIN FITNESS LEVEL TO TRAIN WITH ACTIDOG?
You don't need any previous running experience to get started, just the ability to walk at a brisk pace for about 30 minutes. Then you can decide, with support from us, on increasing your distance, your pace, or both.
WILL I BE ABLE TO DO IT WITH MY REACTIVE DOG?
Yes! In fact, many reactive dogs benefit from learning to canicross. Reactive dogs can gain focus and learn to channel their nervous energy into sports like canicross as it gives them a job to do. And as a bonus, unlike other sports like agility or flyball, you're always attached to each other.
I'VE GOT A BIG STRONG DOG, WON'T THEY PULL ME OVER?
You're more likely to be pulled over when walking your dog on collar and lead than if you're canicrossing or cani-hiking. By wearing a hip belt, your dog's pulling power is perfectly balanced at your centre of gravity. And with bungee lines, you have a built-in shock-absorber for when your dog pulls. When you book an Actidog session, you'll get expert guidance on selecting the right kit and using it well.
WILL LEARNING CANICROSS ENCOURAGE MY DOG TO PULL ON WALKS?
No! If you're using different equipment and commands in the different activities, your dog should pick up when it's time to pull versus walk nicely at heel. At Actidog, we can teach you the techniques and commands to help with this.