”Our dogs are very much multipurpose dogs. First and foremost, they are our pets and family, but they are also working breeds and they need to work. When our oldest Large Munsterlander was a puppy, he was very driven and very energetic. He needed an outlet for that energy before he was able to focus on other training. He used to love running but he didn’t always have the best recall and so once he was old enough, we got him in to canicross.
WHAT IS CANICROSS AND BIKEJOR?
Canicross is the sport of running with your dog pulling you a long. It derived from how the long-distance sled teams would train their dogs in the off season, but it has become a very large and popular sport in its own right.
With Dill it was an outlet that took the edge off so we could then do his gundog training, however, it soon became apparent that he didn’t enjoy doing the gundog training as much as he enjoyed running in harness. We stopped doing the gundog work with him and concentrated on the canicross. Our eldest dog, a little springer x setter, had already been racing in canicross when we got Dill and soon after we got him, she also competed in a novice bikejor class.
Bikejor is the sport of off-road biking with your dog pulling you. Personally, we would never attach a dog to a bike before they have learnt everything they need to learn about the sport whilst canicrossing. This is just because you have more control when you are running compared to when you are on the bike.