What is Canicross?
The term canicross is of European origin. "Cani" signifies your canine companion, "Cross" means to move cross country on foot. Thus, moving cross country on foot with your dog is "Canicross".
Typically, a skijor belt and line is used and attached to the back of the dog's harness as in skijoring. We've got equipment you can borrow until you get hooked and want to buy your own.
Canicross hikes are anywhere from two to six miles in length and are guided by Linda Newman, an outdoor enthusiast and dog trainer. Appointments can be scheduled any time from May through September. The hikes are designed to enable people with interests in dogs and the outdoors to get together, exercise themselves and their dogs, learn to canicross hike and learn about the notable points of various area parks and trails. Your dog does NOT need to be a northern breed dog to enjoy this activity. You are welcome to join us for all or part of each hike. Beginners welcome! You don't need to know how to Canicross Hike to join us. You and your dog will learn as you go!
Various areas in Minnesota's Arrowhead region and from the Points Unknown kennel in Hovland.
By appointment. When do you want to go?
$129/hike per 1 person/1 dog team. Snacks and water for you and your dog are on your own. You must also purchase appropriate park permits on your own. Please print the registration form (25kb pdf) and mail to:
P.O. Box 51
Hovland, MN 55606
Appropriate dress for the season. Comfortable hiking footwear. Small backpack or fanny pack. Canicross/Skijor belt and towline. X-Back Sled Dog harness. Black Ice Dog Sledding Equipment is one of the places you can go for the proper gear. Click "Skijoring" on the left hand column. You will want to purchase a towline and either a standard hip belt or a deluxe seat belt model. A deluxe seat belt is recommended. This piece of equipment is more ergo dynamic. The hip belt fits around your waist and you may end up with a sore back, especially if your dog is a hard puller. Next click on "Harnesses" and you will be shown how to measure your dog for a harness. Don't worry! If you need help just give the folks at Black Ice a call and they will be more than happy to help. If you would like to just give this a try to see if you and your dog like it before investing in gear, we are happy to lend you what you need for a hike or two.
Dogs do not need backpacks if on canicross line. They are helping pull the person carrying the backpack for the "team". If having a dog on leash then a dog backpack is more appropriate and they should only be carrying their own supplies. Water for dogs and people. Dog water dish. Treats. Poop bags. Bug spray for people.
2015 Season Schedule
Points Unknown will provide Canicross Hikes by appointment in the 2015 season. This is a great way to get out and get some exercise with your dog. We've got many beautiful hikes to share. If you don't have a dog and would like to participate, you can borrow one of ours!