Canicross with Rescue Dogs – the beginning of our journey with Rescue Remedies

Posted by Gail Walker, 23rd October 2016

Anyone who already participates in canicross doesn’t need me to tell you just how amazing this sport is on so many levels; from the social and fitness benefits to the special bond you form with your furry best buddy 🙂

But one of the biggest advantages is that you can still run your dog without letting them off the lead!

My three dogs, a Rhodesian Ridgeback Cross called Red and two Staffordshire Bull Terriers called Sidney and Winston, are all rescue dogs.

Whilst I can let them off the lead in many situations, it’s certainly not the case where there is cattle or areas with ‘hot spots’ as I call them – where they are prone to run off after a scent or anything moving! Most situations then 😉

Canicross has most definitely come to my rescue…not only has it meant that my dogs can still enjoy a good run and burn off some energy but it has saved my arms from three determined, strong pulling dogs!

 

DogFit are supporting Rescue Remedies

 

Many of our customers come to us with rescue dogs or dogs that simply cannot be let off the lead for whatever reason.

These dogs have never had the chance to enjoy a proper run.

However, since discovering canicross our customers have never looked back as it has been such a positive change in both their lives and those of their dogs’. Some have literally been in tears to see their dog smiling and having so much fun!

So we know canicross helps our own dogs, but what if we can also help other dogs in less fortunate positions? 

Running with rescue centre dogs

 

At DogFit it is our mission to bring the fitness and well-being benefits of canicross to as many people and their dogs as possible….so it shouldn’t stop at our own clients!

What about all those dogs waiting patiently in rescue centres – those dogs who rely on limited lead walks a week and don’t get anywhere near the amount of exercise our own dogs get?

This is just a small step but we have started supporting our local rescue, Rescue Remedies, by taking some of their dogs out for a canicross run. 

 

Canicross with rescue dogs

Harrison’s first go at canicross 🙂

 

Running with rescue dogs in Surrey

Poppy Power 🙂

 

A walk is great of course but to be able to give a dog a good run – especially the younger, more active ones – is a brilliant way to help them expend some energy and allow them to simply enjoy the feeling of running, something they wouldn’t ordinarily get to do.

Interspersed with walks to build up their running stamina and plenty of cuddles (this is just as important as they are deprived of human contact much of the time) means these dogs get just a taste of what our own dogs get on a regular basis.

 

canicross running with rescue dogs

Bruce on his first canicross outing!

 

In helping with their exercise regime, we are hoping that it will not only assist in keeping the dogs trim and stimulated while they are at the rescue home but also lead to them finding their forever home….as we all know, a stimulated, loved and well exercised dog is a happy dog 🙂

 

Rescue Remedies dogs doing canicross

There’s always time for cuddles on our runs!

 

Running with rescue centre dogs

The Lovely Leo 🙂

 

About Rescue Remedies

Established in 2006, Rescue Remedies is a very small, nonprofit, internet based rescue. They mainly cover the South East of England and rely completely on just a few dedicated volunteers – they don’t have any paid staff or a call centre. With nothing in the bank, they take on dogs first and work out how to pay later, living from month to month in hope. They take on around 80-90 dogs at any one time and are renowned for coming forward for the dogs which would ordinarily have difficulty finding homes. What’s more, they don’t discriminate on the basis of breed, age or health.

For more information about the great work they are doing or to volunteer as one of their much sought after dog walkers/runners visit their website at http://www.rescueremedies.co.uk/about-our-rescue/. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/676797962392764/

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