Canicross 101: Start Running With Your Dog In 5 Steps

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

By: Stacie Bowers, CPDT-KA

Learn the basics of the growing sport of running with your dog, including the gear needed, how to prepare, and tips for once you're out there running

*This Canicross 101 article is just a guide. You should consult your veterinarian before starting any exercise plan with your dog. You should also closely monitor your dog while running to make sure he/she enjoys it and is not overheating, overexerting or exhibiting an injury.

What is Canicross?

Your new favorite way to run

Canicross is the sport of running with your dog (think cross-country with your dog leading the way). Canicross started in Europe as a way for mushers to train and exercise with their dogs in the off-season. Now this fun fitness activity is gaining momentum in the U.S. as well - and we are SO glad it is.

There are dog-friendly 5K's and Canicross-specific races popping up in the U.S. (heck we did a Halloween themed dog 5K - photo further below).