Cross country running with your dog. Your dog should be in a harness so they do not pull from a
neck collar and attached to the runner by means of a line (usually around 2 metres in length)
then attached to a running/walking belt leaving the hands free for running.
Whether the dog is out in front pulling hard or just by your side, it’s great exercise for
both human and dog. Canicross races are held in their own right all over the UK, although CC
classes are also held as part of many other organisations races.
Riding a bike with your dog running and pulling out in front. The dog should
wear a suitable harness and be attached directly to the bike with a tugline.
Most people use a bikejor attachment of some type to guide the line away from
falling into the front wheel, in case it should slacken. ‘BKJ’ classes are extremely
popular, as it’s relatively easy to get set up and start training with your dog.
Similar to Bikejor, other than a purpose built scooter is being used instead of a bike. A harness
and line are used to attach the dog/s to the scooter and if the scooter does not have a brushbow
(curved piece covering the front wheel) most people fit a bikejor attachment to keep the tugline
away from the wheel. Again, these are very popular classes for competing with 1 or 2 dogs.
Rigs are often 3 or sometimes 4 wheeled, they come in many different designs but have a
a few common features. They are generally very stable and used for running two or more
dogs (1 dog for certain freight breeds) Harnesses used with rigs are generally X back or
H back type, due to the lower attachment point on a rig when compared to a Scooter/Bike.
From traditional wooden sleds to more modern materials such as carbon and aluminium the
Sprint sled is probably the most common type used by UK Mushers, as most of our races are
shorter in distance. That is of course when we are lucky enough to have snow good enough
to allow us to use one. Races further north naturally offer more opportunity to
compete on snow, but in any case practice makes perfect!