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Canicross - Intense Running Activity

What is Canicross?

Canicross is the sport of cross country running with one or two dogs, attached to the runner. Canicross was originally developed as form of training for sled dogs, during the summer months. For amateur use, Canicross runners typically wear waist belts, while the dogs wear a harness, and the two are joined by a tug line with bungee to reduce shock. If you’re looking to try higher-performance Canicross, we recommend our lighter Canicross belt and often no bungee cord. The intention is keep both dog and runner light. This particular style of cross country builds trust between runner and dog. Most medium to large breed dogs can participate in Canicross.

Recommended Equipment:

We recommend Canicross runners use the Neewa Canicross Belt for the best performance. Your dog should wear a Neewa Perfect Fit Harness. You should connect your belt to the harness using a Racing Tug Line with Bungee or Racing Tug Line (without Bungee), depending on your level of experience and skill.

Neewa Canicross Belt is Lightweight and Fits Snugly

When you're running for a long distance and you need to keep a steady pace, it's important that your belt does not impede your movements or wear you out. The Neewa Canicross Belt has been designed in collaboration with professional Canicross athletes and trainers and is compliant with all regulations.

Neewa Perfect-Fit Harness fits all breeds and provides comfort

The special X-back design of the Neewa Perfect-Fit Harness ensures uniform distribution of pressure over the dog’s entire body and provides more room around the rib cage, to allow better breathing. This feature is very important for Canicross, because dogs need to run for long distances and can take advantage of all their muscles evenly. Its wide neck and 8 adjustment points allow a comfortable fit to dogs with large heads and of all sizes.

Neewa Racing Tug Line is perfect for Canicross

Canicross requires strong and light equipment and the Racing Tug Line is exactly what you need. We recommend you start using the Racing Tug Line with Bungee, for increased comfort and then move to the Racing Tug Line without Bungee, which is lighter and allows you to achieve even better performance.

What's good about running with your dog?

Running with your dog is a healthy activity for you and your furry friend. It can be done with most breeds, young or old, and no special skills are needed.

It is good if you start in the early stages of the dog’s life because it helps to build up confidence and creates a stronger bond between you and your dog. It also helps to improve some dogs’ behavior problems caused by lack of exercise and stimulation. It also helps to reinforce the dogs’ immune system.

Running with your dog is a trendy sport and is a great way to make friends for you and your dog.

What are some good reasons to start running with your dog?

Dogs are very social creatures, and they depend on their human for a lot of support whether it be physically or emotionally. Having activities that involves your dog helps to strengthen you and your dogs bond.

Running with your dog is a great way to have fun, exercise, and bond at the same time. The race between you and your dog eventually allows the dog to satisfy an innate instinct, decisive for his mental well-being, especially if he lives in the city. A dog has no way to vent his or her basic needs.

Any animal is likely to incur behavioral pathologies and go out of control if they are cooped up and not able to run and exercise.

Where can you run with your dog?

You can run with your dog anywhere! Examples: You can run on the mountains, on the beach, on the boardwalk, in the snow, and even on the street!! Running with your dog is a fun and free activity.

What do you need to run with your dog? What equipment is needed and why?

The number of people dedicated to this activity has been steadily growing in recent years. We always see people running with their dogs in the parks, in the mountains, in the woods, on the beach, but most of the time they are not using the correct equipment.

The choice of equipment to use is crucial, as you do not want to cause any damage to your dog physically or health wise.

The standard collar is absolutely NOT recommended as it makes it more difficult for your dog to breathe and is likely to cause damage to your dogs’ neck and windpipe. A harness with comfort fitting support is recommended for this activity.

The leash is the physical link between us and our dog. It is a means of communication through which we pass all of our tensions, physical, and emotional, but for running, it is better to choose a lead cushioned belt with a 5 inch bungee tug line, which also gives you the advantage of having your hands free!

Your dog will be well connected to you and this set is elastic and flexible so it will not cause any damage to your dog OR your back!


The same care that we use to safeguard our health should be used for your dog as well. Always get approval from your veterinarian, start with gradual workouts, choose the right equipment and adequate paths, and have respect for those who run around you.

Can they do it all, or are there contradictions?

As we go to the doctor before starting a sport, it is best to have your dog checked by a veterinarian to make sure your dog is healthy enough for this sport, and to see if and how much work can be done. It is better to start running with your dog when they are a puppy, before their physical and joint development comes to an end, the end of the first year of life, but after a certain age you should not force it too much.

Gradually train with your dog and always be very careful to check on the welfare of your dog, which does not speak, but can give us clues about its status and if they approve of this new activity together. 

Using resistance while running should be considered so you and your dog can avoid stress. On hot and humid days make sure you have an ample water supply for you and your dog to avoid heat related complications.

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