DogFit Podcast

Tune into our podcast especially for Canicrossers. In each episode we are joined by a special guest (or two). We hear from professionals, regular canicrossers and also dog and human experts in their field. It's real people with real stories that we love to share with you.
Episode 12: The Joy of running with your dog with Susie Chan
We are delighted in this episode to welcome Susie Chan, one of the most recognisable people in the UK Running Community. Susie took up running in her late 30s, initially be to be a bit healthier and built up from half marathons and marathons and then on to compete in some of the world’s toughest ultra-marathons and endurance races.
We’ve followed Susie for a while, and when she started to include her rescue dog Manny, along with her training we were pleased to see him enjoying free running alongside - and in a DogFit harness too. An inspiration to many, we are delighted to welcome Susie and hear first hand about her run training and trail adventures with Manny.

Episode 11: Canicrossing with Children
Many people may be surprised to hear that children can get take part in Canicross but so long as the right guidelines are in place there is no reason why they can’t. At DogFit we actively encourage juniors to get involved as it’s a fun way to introduce them to running and general fitness. We even sell a Canicross belt that is designed especially for children to fit their smaller hip measurements.
In this episode we’re joined by two of our DogFit Trainers, Steph Bishop and Marianne Mulder. As well as coaching Canicross classes for adults, they actively encourage children to take part. In fact, Canicross is a wonderful hobby that families can enjoy together…and for some children it’s much more exciting running with their dog on the trails than being dragged out on a long, boring walk by their parents!

Episode 10: Faster, Longer, Stronger

For many of us, Canicross is more than just a hobby and way to keep fit; it's a special way to bond with our dogs and build long-lasting friendships with like-minded people. But once we’ve got the Canicross bug, it’s natural to look for a new challenge…that may be to run a bit further or it may be to get that elusive 5k PB! You may even fancy entering a Canicross race.
Well, we're really pleased to have Sarah Gillam joining us in this Episode. Sarah is a DogFit Trainer based over in Germany. Not only is she an experienced Canicrosser, competing at European and International level, but she is a Personal Trainer with a particular passion to help others improve their running, and of course avoid injury! Sarah was ranked number 1 in Germany in 2019 for canicross and is currently top 10 in Europe. As well as loving the 5k ‘speed’ races she also has a passion for the multi-stage mountain events.  She has been running canicross for the last 7 years and before that was running in dogless events on the road and trails up to marathon distance.


 
Episode 9: Pilates for Canicrossers

Pilates has been around for close to 100 years. Founded by Joseph Pilates, a German physical trainer fascinated by the balancing of body, mind and spirit, the discipline is all about strengthening the body, toning the muscles and improving posture and flexibility. This makes it a perfect companion for Canicrossers.
Someone who can tell us more about this highly effective form of exercise is DogFit Canicross trainer and Pilates instructor, Louise Humphrey. She also explains why Pilates is a great form of exercise for Canicrossers and general runners alike.


 
Episode 8: Anxious/Reactive Dog? Welcome to Canicross

Are you interested in taking up Canicross but concerned you have a reactive or anxious dog? 

Do you worry about how your dog will react to the Canicross kit, sounds and smells, not to mention the other people and dogs running ahead, behind and alongside them? Well, experienced dog trainer and DogFit Canicross instructor Christine Barber, is on hand to reassure you that you and your dog can safely and confidently take part in this wonderful sport. She shares her personal experiences and invaluable advice for making the experience a positive one so you and your dog can concentrate on enjoying the trails.


 
Episode 7: Nutrition and the active Canicross dog

We are often asked about the right nutrition for canicross dogs. After all, our dogs are the priority and we want to make sure we are providing the best for them, especially when are upping their activity and distances.

So who better to ask than our friends at Skinners. They have over 50 years of experience of fuelling active dogs, so understand the energy requirements and nutritional support that dogs need. In this episode we chat with Zoe Russell their Nutrition Officer.


Episode 6: 2021 Motivation, Running Form & Canicross Goals

It's a new year, and for many of us that also means a new fitness goal. 

Whatever your goal, there’s no doubt that we can all improve as runners...and much of that starts from the way we run, not just how far and how fast! In this episode of Talk Canicross, we chat to experienced Running Coach and Canicross Instructor Michelle Mortimer.


Episode 5: From abandoned pup to Canicross dog: Sean Laidlaw and Barrie...the story that became a viral news sensation

Heartwarming and inspirational, grab a coffee and have a listen.

Sean Laidlaw was working as a bomb disposal expert in Syria when he discovered an abandoned puppy hidden amongst the rubble. This was just the beginning of what was to turn out to be a life-affirming moment for both of them. Such a heartwarming and inspirational story to hear.


Episode 4: Canicross miles, MS and mental health
 

Take a moment to listen as we talk about MS, mental health and canicross with Cat Everard. 

Just inspirational and heartwarming to hear how canicross has helped in a difficult journey. DogFit Trainer and experienced Canicrosser, Cat Everard, talks opening and candidly about her personal battle with mental health and recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).


Episode 3: Oh Behave!

Join us as we chat with Dog Trainer and Behaviourist, Clare Grierson.

We talk through getting the best from our dogs whilst out Canicrossing. How to keep your dog focussed and challenges that some of us come across when starting out. Claire explains how to work with your dog so you both get the best out of our sport.


 

Episode 2: From beginner to international Canicross medalist - Georgie Lambert

Ever wondered what it's like to compete at top level Canicross?

In this episode we're joined by Georgie Lambert, British, European and World Championship Canicross competitor.

** British Silver Medalist *** European Bronze Medalist *** Ranked 10th in the World 2020

Georgie talks about her amazing journey from a DogFit intro session to competing at top level with her rescue dog Benson. Sharing hints and tips as well as hopes for the future with her new Eurohound, Queen Bee. A truly inspiring story of teamwork and fun times!


SERIES 1
Episode 1: Questions, Questions, Fun & Fears

Answers to all those questions you've wanted to ask!

In our first episode, where better to start than at the very beginning! We are joined by two newbies to the sport, Carolyne Cross and Kelly Satchell. Fabulous to hear from them both and help answer their questions, as well as hearing their first hand experiences.

If you’ve heard about Canicross and want to know more, listen in for all those FAQs that run through your head, before you’ve even put a harness on your dog.



Introduction: Welcome to Talk Canicross