Beagles are known as very active breed, so you need to exercise with them. Since Frost loves to run, we spend a lot of time running with him. Running next to bike, longboard, roller skates or just simply jogging together. That’s why last year we came across canicross – the sport of cross country running with dogs.
Today we would like to share with you some information about canicross. Maybe it will help you decide if you would like to do someting like that with your pooch. This year our first canicross event was at Stirnu buks (Roe buck) local trail running event that takes place in different cities in Latvia.
Little about canicross
You can run Canicross with one or two dogs, always attached to the runner. The runner typically wears a waist belt, the dog wears a harness and the two are joined by a bungee cord or elastic line that reduces shock to both human and dog when the dog pulls.
This type of sport requires special equipment for you and your dog since it’s all about comfort and safety for both dog and human. Daily, we can see how dog owners go for a run with their dog, but we don’t think about the right gear for that. If your dog runs beside you, then it’s ok, but if he likes to pull you, then I think there is definitely special gear required.
It’s always a pleasure to see Frost all exhausted and resting at home for couple of days. It’s the main reason why we love to attend all kinds of physical activities with him. Canicross was just perfect for that since Frost loves to run. We thought about going on trail hunting to teach him to use his nose properly, but that just wasn’t for us.
Running next to a bike, longboard or roller skates was an activity for three of us, but there was something I liked to try just with Frost, to be in contact with him without any wheeled equipment. Running is something I do from time to time, it just helps to clear your mind after long and stressful day at work. Since my job requires sitting by the computer all day long, then exercise is definitely required after that.
As I said – it’s something I like to do from time to time. If two years ago I finally got some results and could feel that I can run without a problem, after years of suffering from asthma attacks, then now I slowly adjust after some other health issues that I got just recently. It’s still a long journey to get where I used to be, but there is no rush if you do something for fun.
There is always some part of me that feels sad that I can’t run as fast as Frost wants, but I learned that we should both just take these events as a chance to adjust slowly and enjoy them for fun and that wonderful feeling after a run when you feel exhausted, but happy about it. It sure takes off some negative emotions too.
You should try it
If your dog is active and you like to be active too, then I recommend you try it. Just try it and see if it fits your desires and fills you with the positive emotions. There are so many sport activities you can explore with your dog and be sure of it – your dog would be thankful for participating in them.