AT A GLANCE
If You Have A Dog, You Have A Teammate
Have you ever had a moment where you and your dog are working together, as a team, to accomplish something there is no way either of you could do alone? Harness dog sports (also known as sled dog sports) are an activity where a dog or dogs and their human work together to propel themselves forward along a trail.
Practicing harness dog sports gives us an opportunity to create an incredible bond with our dogs. Club DogRunnin exists to promote, encourage and develop harness dog sport teams in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A completely volunteer run organization, Club DogRunnin is a member club of the Maritime Association of Harness Dog Sports and the Canadian Association of Harness Dog Sports. Our members receive memberships to both of these organizations.
This is the sport of cross country or trail running with your dog. It is an evolution of mushing and while typically a dryland sport, it can also be done on snow. Canicross is a 1-dog sport and is a great way to safely introduce your dog to harness dog sports.
Trail running shoes, pulling harness, hands free leash or canicross belt and bungee line of no more than 2m (6.5ft).
Kicksledding is a 1 or 2 dog-powered sport that requires the human athlete to kick while the dog pulls. It requires balance and physical exertion. Care must be taken in selecting the appropriate sled for your goals and your dog(s)' ability and size.
Gear Required: Kicksled, pulling harness(es), bungee line of no more than 2.45m (8ft), neckline if running more than 1 dog, brake, snow hook, & helmet.
Skijoring is a dog-powered sport in combination with cross country skiing. Skijoring competitively uses the skate ski technique. It is a complex sport working with 1 or 2 dogs that requires mastery over both basic harness dog sport skills and skate ski technique.
Skate skis (no metal edges), poles, boots, bindings, pulling harness, neck line if running 2 dogs, hands free skijoring belt & bungee line of no more than 3m (9.8ft).
Scooter is 1 or 2-dog dryland harness dog sport that involves the use of a scooter specifically designed for dogs to pull and requires the human athlete to kick and steer.
Gear Required: Scooter designed for use with dogs, pulling harness(es), bungee line of no more than 2.45m (8ft), neck line if running 2 dogs, & helmet.
Bikejoring is the sport of dog-powered mountain biking. It is an evolution of mushing adapted for dryland but has also have become popular in winter with fat bikes designed for snow covered terrain. Bikejoring can be a 1 or 2 dog sport.
Gear Required: Mountain bike, helmet, pulling harness, bungee line of no more than 2.45m (8ft) without tension, neck line if running 2 dogs, & bike attachment.
Using the same techniques and equipment, cani-hike as the name suggests is the combination of hiking + harness sports. Cani-hike is a great option for off season fun as it can be enjoyed safely year round.
Trail running shoes, pulling harness, hands free leash or canicross belt and bungee line of no more than 2m (6.5ft). In the winter on snow, add snowshoes to protect the integrity of the trail grooming.