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A completly new competitive sport that has exploaded onto the scene.
Cross Country Running with a dog! Runners are attached by a body belt and lead, which is attached to their dog by way of a back harness.
Dog walking will never be the same again.
Popular in Europe for some years, CaniX made its UK debut in the Forest Of Dean in 2003, since when it has become very popular amongst dog owners across the UK, being included on the Crufts 2008 itinerary at the NEC for the first time.
CaniX can be undertaken anywhere you can walk or run your dog freely. Competions are run anywhere suitable for a standard Cross Country running event.
Canix caters for all shapes and sizes, any breed and all fitness levels — canine and human. Humans from the age of eleven and dogs from the age of one onwards can enter. At some events, uncompetitive short courses are set for under elevens to enter.
CaniX events include vision impaired entrants running with a human guide, hearing impaired entrants running with their hearing dogs, people who have had a triple heart by pass, 10km/ marathon/ ultra-endurance athletes.
Cani-cross is a brilliant way to get out in the fresh air and spend quality time with your dog. You and your canine chum can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings and get into shape at the same time with an invigorating workout.
CaniX is an ideal activity for athletes wanting a training partner, children, have-a-goes and all of those that just love to do things with their dogs.
Although you can run with your dog on a collar and lead, Most choose to harness their dog’s pulling power and chase instinct with a dog running harness, waist belt and cani-cross line. This is more comfortable for both you and your dog and gives you extra assistance (handy for the hills).
No special equipment or training is needed. You can start today, go out for a training run and enter cani-cross races with your dog on collar and lead.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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