Why don’t you try running to keep fit? 

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Canicross Running with your Dog – Image by Pocketjfr (Own work)
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I have to confess, in the past when I have been asked this question I screwed my nose up at the thought. Seriously, me…running!

That was until dogs were thrown into the mix! I have been introduced to the world of Canicross and I have to say, I love it! If you are unfamiliar with what canicross is, it’s essentially running with your dog attached to you! There’s fabulous websites that sell all the gear you’ll need! It’s getting to be a rather popular sport, with race weekends being held throughout the UK. So if you fancy it, there are prizes to be won!

I’m so lucky where I live, as I can quite literally go running with one of my dogs from my doorstep through our beautiful woods. I would recommend that you run on trails and moorland only. Softer ground will help to reduce injury to your’s and your dog’s joints. The secret is to go with it, don’t hold back and let the dog pull you forward and run! I will also suggest to build the distance you run gradually, don’t over do it to begin with!

Since my first canicross experience I have become hooked! Getting out and about and improving my fitness has had such an amazing effect. What’s more, it doesn’t really feel like ‘normal’ exercise as it’s really, very enjoyable!!! 

lauren langmanAbout the Author: Lauren Langman is responsible for the design and development of all Devon Dogs classes, events and workshops. She competes in Agility at Grade 7, the highest rank of competition in the British agility arena. She regularly competes and wins at top agility events in the UK including Crufts and Olympia, and has represented the UK at World Agility Championship level on many occasions.

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