Have you decided to get (back) into running? How about inviting your dog on your outings? Here are some reasons why you should try out and start canicross (running with your dog)!
The good thing about your four-legged friend is that they'll always be up for a walk. You can count on them to give you a boost if you're lacking motivation, whatever the weather or time of day!
Combine Business and Pleasure With Canicross
Your dog needs to go out every day and you need to exercise regularly to unwind and stay fit and healthy. Canine cross country, or "canicross" for short, allows you to kill two birds with one stone: looking after yourself and looking after your best friend. As a bonus, synchronizing your workout sessions with some of their weekly walks will save you time.
Improve Your Stride
During a canicross session, the dog sets the pace by leading the way in front, attached to their owner with a bungee line. If find that your dog moves faster than you, you'll need to challenge yourself and accelerate to keep up with the pace. This is an excellent way to improve on your endurance.
Run With Your Dog to Venture Further Afield
Forget those walks around the block! Canicross will require you to look for longer circuits and break the monotony of your usual walks. Opt for lovely patches of nature away from the town. Look for some fresh air and somewhere with an energizing atmosphere! Explore new playgrounds; you'll both love it!
Enjoy a Special Moment Together
You may have noticed: your dog loves spending time by your side as much as they love stretching their legs. Combine the two and your pet will be delighted! Running with your dog is also a great way to bond with them. United by the effort you put in, your outdoor trips together will bring you closer every time.
Get to Know and Understand Each Other Better
Canicross connects owners to their dogs both literally and figuratively. Such an activity can only work if both are attentive to each other as well as focused. This requires a bit of training. In particular, your pet will have to get used to the canicross equipment, learn to follow your instructions and keep a steady pace. In turn, you will have to guide, encourage and reward them. Ultimately: a great bond!
Important: Canicross is not suited to all breeds. For example, short-legged or short-nosed dogs and puppies under one year old must make do with more peaceful walks. Good health is also required to eat up the miles safely. Consult your vet to find out whether or not your loyal companion is healthy enough for running!