Canicross belt

Winterson Sports Belts

I started using a belt when I was going trekking with my dogs many years ago. At first I started using a simple trekking belt (1 pocket and 2 water bottles). I attached 2 straps to each side of my belt and my two first dogs were able to heel,  one dog on each side. With that belt I was doing a little running still with the dogs at a heel position. That belt was not made to withhold the pulling of strong dogs. 

After a few months I started searching for the perfect kit. After buying different product I realized that some product were not made for what I was doing. 

You have to ask yourself some question if you are shopping for a canicross belt. How much you want to pay?  What are you going to do with your belt?  What type of sports are you going to do with that belt? Canicross, skijoring, trekking, cani-walk.

Is one belt going to be enough for you or will you need a couple of belt for different sport? A trekking belt is different from the canicross belt but if I would have a choice of only one belt then I would go with the canicross belt.

What size of dog is going to be attach to that belt? I know it sounds funny but yes you can do canicross with your chihuahua. If your dog like it why not? But you have to remember to stay behind your dog and respect his speed. I know your dog doesn’t have the capacity to pull you but make your dog believe he can. Your dog will be so happy. 

Another important part of a belt is where you attach your bungee line. Some attachment have a ring that slide from side to side and some are fix with a ring or a hook. The attachment with the ring is nice, so when the dog goes to the left of the right it is not your whole pelvis that will shift, the ring will slide left and right. An attachment that is fix is usually more for combined & relay skijoring race, easier/faster to reach for the bungee line. In an emergency the line can be detach rapidly with a hook.

 Also belts are build to be single or double traction. Double traction help scooping the whole bum area. Good if you have a strong dog. Double traction are not the best if you are going to be using your belt for skijoring especially with skate skies, it might cause friction on the side of your thighs and the bum area when doing the skate motion. 

The Coby belt with leg straps

The belt is padded

How many dogs are going to be attach to that belt?  1 or 2 (or 8 chihuahua)You have to be able to control your dog , to be able to make your dog stop on a penny. 

How much money are you willing to spend on that belt? Is comfort your priority? Are you going to need some pocket? If yes, big or small?  In mu pockets I like to carry my phone, ID, some first Aid Items for me and my dogs, poop bags, water, collapsible bowl etc.

The running belt by Non Stop

Are you going to need water for you and your dog? Or are you going to use this belt only for racing where you are going to go from point A to point B and water for you and your dog is not going to be needed.

A belt can be constructed with different product such as straps, waterproof material, mesh, buckle, ring , zipper, reflective strips, rope, bungee and padding.

A big sturdy belt buckle for safety

A snap inside the pocket to keep your keys safe

A trekking belt will not have the straps that pass between your legs which prevent the belt to move up into your lower back when the dog pull.

A canicross belt will have two straps that pass between your legs. Those two straps should be ajustable and place at the right places if you know what I mean haha Those straps will keep your belt in place on your hips when the dog pull.  If you are a men I would advise you to try the canicross belt and make sure you try the straps that goes between your legs and also have your dog pull on the strap where you attach the line because that is where there is some problems sometimes. 

Where are you going to wear that belt on your hips or around your waist?

This is the Slender belt from Winterson Sports great for trekking, 1 large pocket, 1 bottle holder pocket, also padded

The perfect belt will absorb shock at the right area. Depending of which type of belt you are looking for, the tension will be at the lower back section for a trekking belt or at the hip for a canicross belt.

The belt should feel comfortable. A good belt should have multi-point adjustment. Some belt come in different size also. A good belt should be wide especially if you have a good size dog.

Shoulders, elbows or middle back sore, maybe a belt would help you when you walk your dog. I know that there are many of you that don’t walk your dog anymore because of those problems. It is simply wondeful to be handfree. As long as your are able to handle your dog’s weight.

The best is to try them up if you can.

Pockets on belts are always situated in your back. 

Important!! For the human and for the dog. The human should be seen by a doctor prior starting an exercise program, ask him if the program will be appropriate for you. Same thing with your dog. You should see the vet about the new exercise program that you will be starting with your dog to know if it will be appropriate.

Christianne Tremblay

Click on the logo to access the shop

This article cannot be reproduced or published without the consent of the author

© Copyrighted Christianne Tremblay 2015