Canicross, running alongside your dog in a linked harness, is increasingly popular.

Lisa Lindblom has experienced the joy of running with her sled dog since she was six years old. Today, she lives just outside Östersund with the mountains as a backdrop. Four to five times a week she is out running with her dogs pulling her, on skis in winter and running during summer.

Canicross – an important form of exercise

– I make sure to get my training when the dogs train, says Lisa.

With a new junior dog in her small training group, she has set her sights on the World Cup in sled dog racing on skis. This takes place 2021 in Sweden. Lisa believes that the new dog will be in the shape of its life which is why Canicross is an important form of training in the summer.

Lisa Lindblom is pleased that the interest for Canicross (exercising with a dog in a harness) is increasing. She feels there is a big difference between running with her dog in a harness, rather than on a leash.

– With the harness, the dog can activate all muscles – not just the neck muscles that do most of the work when on a leash.

Get started with Canicross – Lisa’s 3 best tips

Here she gives us her three best tips on how to get started with Canicross training:

  1. Do not make it harder than it is. Put on the harness and see what happens.
  2. Try to wake the dog’s desire to pull. This can, for example, be achieved by triggering the dog’s natural instincts or finding like-minded to train with.
  3. Take small steps. Try to run shorter distances with the dog to begin with. Gradually, you can increase the distance and pace. If you want the dog to practice pulling, you can, for example, attach a weight behind the dog. It can be a tire or a sandbag so that the training becomes even more challenging and fun.
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