Club DogRunnin

We exist to promote, encourage, and develop recreational and competitive harness dog sports teams in the sports of canicross, bikejoring, skijoring, and kick sledding. We believe that within every dog and every human is an athlete and adventurer. We strive to develop dynamic teams of dogs and their humans creating stronger bonds through athletic endeavours achieved in partnership with each other. Our club is a sponsored affiliate of DogRunnin. Club DogRunnin is a member club of the Maritime Association of Harness Dog Sports and the Canadian Association of Harness Dog Sports.

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Canicross/Bikejoring/Skijoring/Dog Sledding 

Canicross is the sport of running with your dog. Bikejoring is the sport of mountain biking or cyclocross with your dog. Skijoring is the sport of cross country skiing with your dog. These on leash activities are an evolution of mushing, a traditional sled or harness dog sport. At club runs we will cover distances of 3-6km on each run and meet Saturday mornings at Long Lake Provincial Park for canicross. Throughout the month we also meet up for training of other harness sport disciples as is seasonably possible. 

 

Club DogRunnin FAQs

Do I or my dog need to qualify in any special way to join?  The most important thing is that you have a desire to be out and active with your dog. These are group activities, for your dog's enjoyment it's important that they feel comfortable being in large groups with other dogs. Many people are eager to start running canicross or bikejoring with their dog right away however we suggest you wait until 8-9 months to introduce your dog to running and at least until they are 12 months before building mileage beyond 2km. We also require you participate in an introductory coaching session (either private, semi-private or group) before joining in group runs and training to ensure the safety of everyone participating.

Do I need any special gear? For canicross we recommend a hands free system (canicross belt & bungee or hands free leash) and running harness for your dog. Not sure what to get? Our club members will happily point you in the right direction. For trail running though the run is off leash, we ask you bring a leash on the run. We recommend you invest in a pair of well fitting running shoes (trail running shoes are even better) and apply paw balm to your dogs paws prior to each run. We also recommend you bring water and a bowl for your dog as well as flip flops for yourself for after the run. We do have a few club owned harnesses and hands free systems that can be borrowed at group runs so you and your dog can safely participate before you aquire your own gear.

Is there any reason my dog and I couldn't join? We do recommend you let your vet know you plan to be running regularly with your dog. As long as there are no medical reasons for why your dog shouldn't run they are welcome. Remember, prolonged running is never safe for puppies. For young dogs until they are about a year old too much running on unnatural surfaces like concrete can cause long term damage (safe running timelines can differ from breed to breed, we cover this in our Into to Canicross course). Sometimes your vet may discourage prolonged running, usually this is to discourage prolonged running on concrete or asphalt. If you and your dog have received this advice, clarify as natural, ungroomed trails or crusher dust trails may be safe option for them. 

Does this club host or participate in dog friendly races? Yes. Events we're helping to plan, sponsor or host will be shared by our social media pages. We are planning our own dog friendly races so stay tuned for more details by subscribing to our newsletter

 

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