My conditioning topic for this month involves a way that you can take your dog jogging and/or hiking, have them leashed, but helping you with some of the work.;O) It's a sport called canicross! Essentially, your dog is contained in a sledding style harness (this is MUCH different than a weight pull harness or even a run of the mill regular dog harness, so be sure to differentiate), while you are in a skijoring harness, and the two of you are connected via a tow line that contains a bungee in it somewhere. Once everyone is hooked up, off you go!This is something that you can do with your dog while out walking, jogging, hiking, or just strolling around any where. Make sure that your dog is under good voice control if you're around other dogs. Other people may not be as appreciative if your dog rudely goes up to their leashed dog(s).
Also take into consideration the current physical shape of your dog. While this isn't a strenuous pulling exercise, it is a little more effort than just going out for a walk. Slowly build your dog and yourself up to whatever your goal may be. Most likely you should be more concerned about where you are physically. With the added power of a dog helping you along. You may be moving faster than you're used to and going longer distances than you're used to. Especially if you have a dog that really likes to pull! So try not to overdo it your first time out. And watch out for squirels!LOL
The company that I prefer to get all of my equipment from is Alpine Outfitters. There is a woman who is sort of local that works with the company and she has custom fit both of my dogs for their harnesses. I don't want to elaborate on this too much right now because I'm planning on talking more in depth about pulling sports next month.:)