Wednesday, 10 October 2018

When your dog goes deaf on the downhill *aaaaaargh*




Laird!!! Oh my god we’re going to die!!!!”

*peep peep peep* whistle sounds

Finally the big beast slowed down and looked back at me with a face of innocence.

Beside him was a puzzled collie, who has been diligently slowing down when asked but was quite unable to stop the tank that is Laird on a mission.

Apparently our recent return to running (so many illnesses and accidents this year) plus a few days of hiking as a team in the Lakes last week has cemented the idea of working in harness for Laird.

Which is a good thing, kind of.

Rather than just pootling along beside Freya, or only getting keen on pulling when there were other dogs to chase, Laird has apparently decided that this is a “proper job” and requires dedicated effort.

But alongside the new improved focus has come less control. A LOT less control!

That’s okay, because he’s still a newbie canicrossing dog and we have more structured training sessions planned.

But I am so very glad that I shoved my whistle into my running vest on Saturday, and that it broke through the fog in Laird’s brain because I really can’t run that fast for very long yet!

Morag, the Big Yin and the Ultracollie

What’s going on locally?

Dalby Canicross Race - Sunday 28th October

Laura and I are hoping to shake off the curse that has plagued our races this year so fingers crossed we’ll see you there!

York Canicross Classes (Tuesdays @ 7pm)

If you’ve ever fancied trying to run with your dog, or taken part in an intro workshop but failed to make it a regular habit, why not sign up for our weekly Canicross Classes!

You can book just one or two classes, or grab the whole ten week block and get a discount (use this code COMMITEDCANI-X to get one session free).

New to canicross? You MUST attend week 1 for an intro and kit fitting.

Classes start Tuesday 16th October, 7pm

You DON'T have to be super fit or running far to join in, but you WILL need a headtorch!

Location (postcode)
Skills focus
Week 1
16th Oct
Heslington YO10 5EW
basics & running in the dark
Week 2
23rd Oct
Wheldrake Woods YO19 6BG
trail technique & passing
Week 3
30th Oct
Huntington YO32 9RE
consistent pulling
Week 4
6th Nov
Welburn Woods YO60 7ED
hill techniques
Week 5
13th Nov
Knavesmire YO23 1EX
race protocols, start line and sprints
Week 6
20th Nov
Heslington YO10 5EW
Commands, directions
Week 7
27th Nov
Wheldrake Woods YO19 6BG
Technique and directions on narrow trails
Week 8
4th Dec
Huntington YO32 9RE
Pace changes and building speed
Week 9
11th Dec
Clifton Ings (Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride) YO30 5XZ
Consistency and pacing
Week 10
18th Dec
Knavesmire YO23 1EX
Mock race!

Canicross Classes

Saving Yorkshires Dogs 5k Tough Mutter

5 k obstacle walk/run with option to take your dog. Not a canicross event but canicrossers are welcome.
Sunday 14th October, Camp Hill, Bedale.
Application - email

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