Our Ambassadors

We are very proud to introduce our DogFit Ambassadors

They are passionate about spreading the Canicross joy as much as we are through their Instagram channels and on social media. Follow their Canicross adventures.

@chewybarkerwoof

Bio from Melissa: Canicross has helped me in more ways than one. I am getting out there in my car and driving to the class (those who know about me and driving will know I get anxious) I did find my leggings get a little tight after lockdown 1 but a few hill sessions with Emma and Chewy soon sorted that out. I feel my running has just got better distance wise and I get to train with my favourite runner Chewy!

Bio from Chewy!: My Tuesday night Canicross sessions have helped my human so much.

@chewybarkerwoof

@sprocker_oclock

I’m Katie, a 28 year old lawyer from Yorkshire. I have two crazy sprocker spaniels, Ted and Mabel, and I am definitely a self-confessed crazy dog lady. In 2020, I decided to take up the Couch to 5k programme. Ted and I did this together and we really enjoyed it. I felt like we really bonded and it was such a huge achievement for us (especially me as I couldn’t even run for a bus before!).

After completing the programme I decided that I wanted to level up and get a bit more serious with running. I met a Dog Fit ambassador in a local park and trialled some kit. Ted took to it straight away and we placed an order. Now he gets so excited when I get his bright orange harness out!

@sprocker_oclock

@benson.bees.adventures

Georgie Lambert, British, European and World Championship Canicross competitor.

Benson The Brave a Collie|Spaniel, 8 year old Furbaby
QueenBee a Scandinavian beauty Hound

** British Silver Medalist **

** European Bronze Medalist **

** Ranked 10th in the World 2020 **

@benson.bees.adventures

@river_staffsky

River and I are fairly new to the canicross world, and so far we love it. River being half husky means she has a lot of energy to burn. This is the perfect sport for her as well as for me. She drives and motivates me to become fitter with her. It has created such an amazing bond between us, setting goals and hitting targets. We started off with minimal gear, slowing upgrading to more suitable harnesses and equipment. This has made it so much easier for us to run more comfortably. What I enjoy the most about canicross, is seeing how happy and excited River gets. She loves it so much and I enjoy seeing my girl content and doing what she enjoys most. River can also be reactive towards other dogs. Canicross has been an escape/distraction, in order to focus that energy on something else, allowing her to concentrate more on her running than other dogs.

We would like to eventually run alongside other dogs in order to encourage the idea of other dogs not being that interesting and that running and ignoring is much more fun and better option. This is something we are hoping to eventually build up to.

@river_staffsky

@cocker.spanielle

Whilst lockdown came with many challenges, it also motivated me to make the most of my 1 hour of exercise a day at the time.

For Christmas 2020, I got my first full Beginners Canicross set. I’ve found it difficult to keep up with regular running, but the thing I absolutely love about it, is as soon as I bring out that running belt and harness, Elle knows that it’s time to RUN. She’s a different dog compared to our usual walks! I feel so in tune with her. I run, she runs. I stop, she stops. I turn, she turns. She’s a brilliant little pup who just loves canicross, and I genuinely don’t think I’d have gotten into it if it wasn’t for her!”

@cocker.spanielle

@springerspaniel_adventures

My canicross journey started about a year ago with dogfituk who kitted me out with all my gear! I then joined a local canicross club and me and Fergus well and truly got the bug, he’s a natural and would go all day if he could!

He’s made running so much more enjoyable and purposeful for me now and has it strengthened our bond no end. I’m Looking forwards to getting back into full fitness and hopefully a few races later this year!

@springerspaniel_adventures

@withmooseandme

Our canicross journey only took off in January of this year thank to DogFit. Moose and I had run together before but I hadn’t heard of canicross. Over the last 6 months we have completed 5 DogFit virtual canicross runs for charity, joined and regularly run with new friends at our county canicross group, as well as run in our first canicross event. None of this would have been possible without the guidance and support of the DogFit team. Canicross has been a saving grace for Moose and I. Our bond is stronger, and we are fitter both physically and mentally. The ultimate goal is to keep running, keep spreading the canicross love and encourage others to join, because anyone and everyone should canicross!

@withmooseandme

@thisgirlcanambassador

Rocket is just over 2years old and we started our Canicross journey together 14 months ago with a Pooch to 5k (as I like to call it ... ha ha) with run walk and building up his stamina. I had found you all at DogFit via a simple google search for kit and I’m so glad I did. I knew Zero about the sport and was able to learn about kit and canicrossing because as you can imagine I had sooo many questions. I didn’t know anyone who canicrossed but had been in touch with my local Canicross group called Essex Tail and Trail who we now trailrun with regularly.

Luckily for me, Rocket absolutely loves to run and gets really excited when I get his kit out! From the very first run I have described it as ‘exhilarating’ and I love that we can hit the trails and rivers locally to where we live whenever we want. It’s such beautiful countryside here and so it’s an absolute pleasure to be able to get out into it. It’s been such a huge and enjoyable learning curve but one that is so simple in the respect that ‘it’s just running with your dog’. Rocket has learnt commands and control and I have learnt about Rocket. I’ve never owned a big dog before and was apprehensive to start running with him, but I’ve discovered that it’s safe and has created a wonderful bond of trust and fun for us, and there are just so very many benefits for our health & happiness. What’s not to like !

@thisgirlcanambassador

@noa_and_melody

We started canicross as a fun way to get myself and the dogs fit. We love going for runs in the evenings and are slowly building fitness back up as we have to take a break from canicross while we moved house. We are now living in an area with some lovely places to go running which we love exploring! Canicross has been a great confidence booster for the dogs, especially Melody who is nervous around other dogs. My goal is to do some races eventually and to have lots of fun!

@noa_and_melody

@justbeingenzo

Hi, I’m Vaneeta and I belong to Enzo, my grumpy but adorable 3-year-old German Shepherd Dog. Three years ago, I would never have envisaged me doing any kind of exercise, let alone running – I don’t even walk to the corner shop.

But Canicross has always intrigued me, especially as Enzo has pre-existing health conditions (none of which would stop him from Canicross but do impact our diary), he is also people reactive and I had read of the benefits of using Canicross as a way to help with his reactivity. 

Enzo is the centre of my world and everything I do and have done since we brought him home almost 3 years ago now has and still does revolve around him. 

@justbeingenzo

@bradleyandpatrick

New to Canicross but not running . I’ve completed many distances and I’m currently training for my 1st marathon - virtual London Marathon in October.

We got our spaniel puppy Patrick because we lost our young chocolate Labrador very suddenly last year in lockdown.it was a very difficult time .

One thing that kept me going was waiting for our cheeky and full of life spaniel to be old enough to run with and start a new adventure along side my running.

We live in north Lincolnshire countryside and have access to woodlands behind our home and we can’t wait to join our local social canicross runs .

@bradleyandpatrick

@bella_the_lurch

Hi, I’m Jamie and I rescued Bella in April 2020 at the age of 11 months. I very quickly learned she loves to run but cannot be let off lead. After hearing about CaniCross at the start of 2021 we decided to begin our journey in CaniCross and looking into CaniHike. DogFit advised us on a suitable harness and of course we had to select the colour red!

We have completed several training sessions to teach Bella to pull and for me to learn running with a dog! Bella already knows left and right turns. We look forward to progressing in CaniCross, sharing our experiences and being ambassadors for DogFit.

@bella_the_lurch

@rikergoeswoof

Riker and I started our canicross journey with a cheap waistbelt and bungee line, excitedly bought from ebay as soon as the vet said Riker could start running at 12 months. We did a few parkruns before lockdown hit, but the cheap kit meant I had no control and Riker could drag me in whatever direction he chose while we were out. I hated it and ended up hating running with him. Once Riker turned 2 years old, he really seemed to settle down so I decided to buy a dogfitUK starter kit and try again. It changed our runs together - I have lower back support and I can control his running more. Riker and I jeff our runs - 30 second run, 30 second walk, and repeat. I'm a slow runner and he's a fast runner, so this gives me a chance to catch my breath. We're planning to enter our first races together later this year and I'm so excited to see how my boy does!

@rikergoeswoof

@dougthespringadorable

Doug is 4 yr old Labrador cross springer spaniel who has a passion for adventure!
We were recently introduced to canicross by a friend and haven’t looked back! To begin with, I ran with a rope tied round my waist and we trotted along together. After trying out my friends canicross kit, I could see all of the benefits.
I no longer felt like I was constantly about to fall over! Since then, Doug and I run once or twice a week and love it! It’s such a great bonding time. We also use all of our canicross equipment when we go hiking.

Often Doug will have to be on a lead and the harness keeps us both attached, whilst keeping my hands free to take photos! It’s a win for us both!
So far we have competed in one canicross event but I cannot wait to do more as things start to open up! We absolutely loved the first!

@dougthespringadorable

@chaseandshaggy

Hi my name is Emma and I have two rescue dogs Chase and Shaggy. I used to compete in track and cross country until a hip injury which caused me to massively felt out of love with running. That was until we rescued Shaggy in 2018. I started looking at activities I could involve him in and came across canicross. Running gives him something to focus on and an outlet for all his energy. Chase is dog reactive and spends most of the time on the lead.

I found DogFit’s website and I’ve never looked back. This has been an absolute life saviour in making adventures with both of them enjoyable. I have just started trail running with both of them on the Peak District moors. Canicross is such a fab way to safely exercise reactive dogs and I’m so glad to be on our own canicross journey.

@chaseandshaggy

@loki_therommiedog

After suffering the loss of my beautiful fur baby Pippin early 2020, (she had been with us for 12 years and is dearly missed everyday) my life was missing a key piece.
I happened upon a rescue centre not too far away from us and a sad looking dog kept cropping up in my news feed. We visited the centre and out came this sweet, skinny black and white dog named Albert. We adopted him and Albert become Loki. He came home with us on March 1st 2020. Now this dog was a springy, energetic super fast dog and had to be exercised ALOT! Super intelligent and ready to learn. I started to jog with him and soon realised running was his thing. He is very prey driven and loves a chase but never catches anything. He is also very picky with which dog he wants to be friends with so on lead walking/ running was essential. Combining my running with his exercise was literally made for us! This dog was my absolute saviour and all though not a ‘lockdown puppy’ he kept me sane through the homeschooling.

Loki saved me from total heartbreak and helped me rebuild my relationship with running (after loosing my running mojo earlier in the year) If I didn’t have him, no doubt I’d be in a dark place. He’s my best friend and I truly believe he found me.

@loki_therommiedog

@rubytuesday_thehwv

It’s easy to fall in love with Canicross!
I started running 4 yrs ago, after always saying I wasn’t a natural runner. Then, along came Ruby. When she reached 18 months I contacted DogFit & my journey started. I had a fabulous 1-2-1 with DF Trainer Cat Everard, who introduced me to everything & we’ve not looked back!


I purchased my kit that same day through Dogfit and their knowledge & sizing for my dog was spot on. It’s so inspiring to complete the monthly charity challenges, it gives us something to work towards and something to give back 🧡.
At 48 yrs old, my journey is just starting & I can’t wait to see where it takes us.
My aim is for Ruby & myself to run an Ultra in the next year! It’s so much fun & challenging too and a subtle way to get fit whilst having a good time. We love the DogFit family, we’re proud to be part of it as ambassadors.

@rubytuesday_thehwv

@the_journey_of_jinx

As someone who loves the outdoors and runs to socialise and let off steam. I chose Jinx (patterjack x border terrier) last year as I wanted a dog who was full of character, tough, stubborn and could join me on my adventures. Jinx and I have been running together since May and we started our Canicross adventure with a DogFit taster session with the lovely Michelle and Poppy.

Since then we have been working our way through the DogFit Coach 2 5K. Canicross allows use to work as a team to explore the trails of Manchester.

@the_journey_of_jinx

@cani.runner

I’ve been a runner for few years now and I started my canicross journey as soon as Mila was old enough, so about a year ago, but thanks to this we had a lot of time to train getting used to the running harness, pulling and enjoying the time spent running together. We now run short and longer distances, I love the special bond it created between us and the joy that canicross brings to her and me.

When not canicrossing, we enjoy canitrekking and recently are working on doing some kayaking and paddle boarding together. We are also expecting our new arrival soon - another GSP and Mila’s sister!

@cani.runner

@k1162

I'm Kate and I run with my Collie-Lab Flash.

We're new to Canicross having started in January 2021 and have learned together from the very beginning, like with everything we've done.

@k1162

@adventuresof.picardy.indiana

I'm Laura and this is my picardy spaniel Indy. We started canicross in lockdown as a way to get into the great outdoors. Not only has it improved my mental and physical health, it has given me another way to improve my bond with Indy and we absolutely love our time canicrossing together.

We have particularly enjoyed taking part in the DogFit monthly challenges - Indy is very proud of his rosettes!

@adventuresof.picardy.indiana

@coffee_run_paws

I started doing canicross with my dog Panda as he has a very high prey drive and can rarely be let off the lead. He is extremely energetic and gets very overstimulated on walks and I realised that he needed a safe way to burn off all his energy - I am so glad we discovered canicross!

I have always enjoyed running but I couldn't imagine hitting the trails without Panda now. Canicross has also had a really positive impact on our bond and his behaviour - he is much more focused when we run together and I can't wait to see where our canicross journey takes us.

@coffee_run_paws

@vegan_fit_mumma

Hi I'm Karen and this is my boy Butch,he is a rescue from Crete and started life out as a street dog.

He is now a family dog who has fully immersed himself as a canicross dog.

@vegan_fit_mumma

@merlin_the_dog20

My background is triathlon so finding time to train and be with my best friends led me to Canicross. As active spaniels Merlin and Taffy both need a lot of exercise and we frequently run 3 or 4 times a week.

Taffy has run for a couple of years and made it to half marathon distance, whereas Merlin is fairly new to the sport as he has just turned one but is a natural at it.

@merlin_the_dog20

@baiandblue

Our first Ambassadors Bai and Blue, who have been with us right from our launch in 2015.

Bai the gorgeous GSP and cheeky whippet Blue. They love Canicrossing with their owner @alexiabooker and have always been incredibly supportive of DogFit.

@baiandblue