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Xtra Dog offers a choice of products very popular with cani-cross competitors and a number of competitors choose and recommend Xtra Dog. We offer buynowsuitable cani-cross harnesses (a multi-sport shoulder harness and the Zima X-back harness made in either fleece or foam), collars from the Spiffy Dog and Adanac ranges, cani-cross lines, belts with optional leg straps and. Calming Coats for dogs that get very excited are brilliant for cani-cross dogs after they have run, as are Tellington TTouch wraps. Our cooling coats will cool a dog after they compete, and finally don't forget that every cani-cross dog loves a toy to play with.

Cani-cross is the sport of cross country running with dogs (canine cross country) Originating in Europe as off-season training for the mushing (sledding) community, it has become popular as a stand-alone sport all over Europe, especially in the UK. Cani-cross is closely related to bikejorring, where participants cycle with their dog and skijoring, where participants ski rather than run.

Canicross can be run with one or two dogs, always attached to the runner. The runner typically wears a waist belt, the dog 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.

Originally cani-cross dogs were of sledding or spitz types such as the husky or malamute, but now all breeds have begun taking part including cross-breeds, small terrier breeds to large breeds such as rottweilers and standard poodles. Not only can all breeds run, but people of all ages and abilities can take part, including children and the disabled. Some breeds are very well suited to running at steady pace over a long distance. Cani-cross is now not only a great way for the runner to keep fit, but great for the dogs too. It encourages people and their dogs to take part in outdoor activity and meet other like-minded individuals.


Canicross events

In March 2008 CaniX UK ran the first ever cani-cross event at Crufts, Over 100 runners and their dogs took part in the event. Cani-cross events are held all over the UK and Europe by sled dog organisations, by cani-cross clubs and also many running events will allow runners to participate with their dogs. The European Canicross Federation (ECF) can be contacted for more information on events held within Europe. Distances vary, with events held to cover distances from 1 mile up to 28 miles or more. In the UK contact CaniX for details of how to get involved in cani-cross in the UK.

 

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