Dog-Powered Sports

You may already enjoy adventures with your dog or you are a beginner looking to get started in some more outdoor time with friends, dog-powered sports could be your next sport! Meeting our dog's physical and mental energy needs and giving them a job, can help reduce attention-seeking behavior (like barking and pawing) and boredom-related behaviors (like counter-surfing, digging, inappropriate chewing, and pacing)! Dog-powered sports allow people and their dogs to get out together and navigate trails as a team! The dog runs out front and is given verbal directions to slow down, speed up, turn and more! And no matter the size of the dog or your fitness level, there is a speed at which you can get involved from walking and hiking all the way up to wheels! So who doesn't want to be able to get fit with your dog and improve their behavior all while developing your relationship and having fun? The benefits and fun of dog-powered sports are endless!

Dog-powered sports can be enjoyed in many capacities depending on your goals and your fitness levels. 

  • Cani-hiking: dog-powered hiking. Take your adventures at your own speed and explore some new trails. We are all surrounded by beautiful scenery! Come learn about how wonderful and enriching cani-hiking can be!

  • Canicross: dog-powered running. From recreational running to local 5k races and sanctioned races, you and your dog can feel the need for speed on foot together!

  • Scootering: dog-powered scootering. Enjoy gentle trails with your dog at their speed while having the stability of wheels underneath you.

  • Bikejoring: dog-powered biking. Bikejoring is for adventure-seekers and high-energy dogs! From flat and gentle trails to mountain bike trails, learn how to navigate trail obstacles as a team for adrenaline-pumping fun!

We can help you and your dog get involved in dog-powered sports with both private lessons (via virtual learning or in-person) and online group classes. Have questions? We are here to help!

Trainer Chelsea and Lennon racing towards the finish line with husband Tyler and Lucy close behind at Lodi Dryland Challenge 2020.

Students Yasuyo and Chewy in a local canicross race blasting off the start line to a podium finish!

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Pawsitive Futures Trainer and Owner Chelsea Murray shares her love of dog-powered sports and positive reinforcement training techniques on her podcast Pawsitively Dog-Powered.

Pawsitively Dog-Powered is a podcast that dives deep into the real world of positive reinforcement training and dog-powered sports. If you’re like me, your life revolves around your dogs and you can be found on the trails every chance you get. We never know what challenges we might encounter while running dogs, but knowing you’re not alone, helps! Join us here for inspiring stories and positive reinforcement training tips so that you can have a better time chasing tails on the trails.

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts!

Trainer Chelsea has also been able to share this sport and related training on some other platforms. She was featured on the podcast Pure Dog Talk and Dogs and Deadlifts to talk about dog-powered sports. 

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"When I signed up for your first class a few months ago I was not sure it was going to be useful. My dog is very driven and loves to pull, I can run pretty well already, we were already doing quite well and I thought that simply running and occasionally giving a command would get me where I wanted to get. I quickly realized I was wrong. We took a step back and worked on our foundations during class. I quickly started seeing a difference on the trails."

-Elena and Baloo

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"We learned so much! It was more than I expected. Kuumba not only caught onto the left and right commands quick we learned how to put the harness on. Before I was in front of him and he'd glare at me the whole time. Now it's part of the fun and he's a willing participant to get into it. I'm also a lot more confident going out which seems to have translated to him. Cause I started out with a spaz who wouldn't stand for the harness and was running all over the trail and after cats. Now I've got a 'controlled' spaz whose excited for the harness and speeds up past distractions most of the time. People in our local club are asking almost every time we run where he learned so fast, cause it was a dramatic transition in those couple months."

-Kelsey and Kuumba

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"Chelsea is absolutely amazing! I took the basic dog sports online course. The information is broken down, well organized & she demonstrates with her malamutes. It’s just like being in person but better because you can watch it over and over again. Chelsea is so encouraging . I highly recommend Pawsitive Futures. Thank woo so much!!!!

-Mimi and Athena + Finn
 

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"The classes have been helpful with the weekly online meeting and video feedback from our trainer Chelsea. Hendrix has been able to quickly pick up on direction cues, get comfortable with wearing the harness, pass low value distractions, slow down, stop and speed up. There's also a ton we learnt about caring for the dog's wellness such as exercises, paw care, nail care etc. which are important as a part of the sport and would have been hard to know about if not. Chelsea has been great in giving us feedback and helping us surely learn the nuances. She has also been helpful with customizing and sharing specific tips for training based on observing Hendrix and how he progressed through the program. Glad to have taken both the beginner and advanced classes to build a good foundation to start with!"

-Sneha and Hendrix