Build your fitness and strengthen the bond with your pooch in our Canicross class! Whether your dog needs to get in shape or you’re the one looking for a sporty activity with your four-legged friend out in the fresh air, this is the class to be part of!
Canicross is a dog assisted sport where you're both connected through a bungee line. Your waist belt sits comfortably at your centre of gravity, so there's a low risk of being pulled over (compared to holding the line in your hand!). Your dog is wearing a special harness that distributes the forces from pulling you across their body. We encourage the dog to pull, and with safety in mind, make sure they respond well to our cues to go faster, slower, turn or stop.
We’ll do a variety of exercises to skill you both up, get your pulse going and make you savvy on the trails. Everything will be adjusted to you as a team, so don’t worry about your fitness or training level!
Canicross Beginners Workshops
Our Beginners Workshop is ideal if you want to see what Canicross is all about. We kit you out and hit the trails for a taster session, talk about Canicross, gear, cues and our Couch to 30 Beginners Course. There is some running involved, but we keep the pace slow and don't go far. Our workshop is fun, light-hearted and gets you moving in the fresh air. Spaces are strictly limited to 4 dogs!
Canicross Couch to 30 Course
In our 6-week programme we get you and your dog fully started with Canicross. We build our fitness together with walk/run intervals and work toward 30 minutes of continuous running/jogging. We also teach directional and gait/speed cues, stretches, strength and conditioning. This course comes with a 6-week training plan and 1 group lesson per week. We will also set up a Whatsapp group for support and exchange.
If you'd like to run more than one session per week with us, please get in touch to discuss available options and prices.
I am not a personal trainer and will be using training plans and exercises that I received during my training as a certified Canicross instructor with DogFit UK and my own experience as a runner. Before signing up to Canicross, please apply good judgement as to your own and your dog's physical abilities. If in doubt, check with your GP and/or vet.
Dogs must be over 12 months old and in good health to start Canicross. For large breeds we recommend to start once they're 18 months old. We will minimise running on tarmac/hard surfaces as much as possible. Therefore, the ground we run on might be uneven.
Equipment can be tried on during our Beginners Workshop or 1-2-1 fitting sessions, so you know what to purchase. You need to bring your own gear to the first session of the Couch to 30 Course! Please fill in the booking form and I'll be in touch.
Equipment required for YOU: running/trailrunning shoes, sports clothing, heart rate monitor (optional), Canicross belt, water.
Equipment required for your DOG: Canicross harness + bungee line, water, poo bags, treats (for stretching at the end of class).
Reactive dogs are very welcome - we just ask that you follow our instructions and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and comfort of those around you.