When I invested in my canicross kit it was with the primary intention of running with my dogs, and that is what I’ve mostly used it for.
But it wasn’t until I went on my first ‘sheep filled’ holiday with the dogs, that I realised just how marvellous the kit is simply for hands-free lead walking!
Up until I started doing canicross, any holidays to places such as The Lake District and Wales – two of my favourite walking and hiking destinations – consisted of over eager dogs, keen to explore their surroundings, pulling constantly at their leads. But, not wanting to take any risks with the sheep, it meant there were few places I could let them off the lead. So I put up with a strained arm and shoulder instead!
Over the last few years, whilst on subsequent trips, I have put my canicross gear to excellent use and replaced this for their ordinary leads. The dogs are much happier…and so are my shoulders! It makes for a much more relaxed and stress-free hike all round.
Yes, there are walking lines you can buy, but if you have a particularly strong pulling dog or you need to walk more than one dog at any one time, the canicross kit gives you that bit more comfort and support; the waist belt sits on the top of your bottom so you don’t get any nasty jarring to your back and the bungee line gives extra cushioning from the pull of your dog. The dog’s harness is excellent quality and designed especially for dogs that pull so you can rest assured that both you and your dog are using quality equipment that will last.
One of my favourite places to visit is The Lakes and, with three dogs on tow, packing the canicross equipment has been the best thing my husband and I have done.
So my advice is, don’t dismiss investing in canicross kit because you don’t run. There are other good uses for it, and if it makes life easier for you to go hands-free walking without the stress of holding a strong pulling dog by the lead (or even if you just want the luxury of being hands-free) then it’s seriously worth considering.