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Ahead of the pack!

We will guide you through our comprehensive Canicross Coach course with both classroom and practical elements, providing you with all the tools you need to be a successful Canicross Coach.

Once completed, you will become part of our Canicross Coach community and receive ongoing support with your coaching business, including mentoring through a dedicated Facebook group.

Our dog centred, professional, approach will certainly put you ahead of the pack!

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Training course will include:

  • How to successfully get started in your own canicross coaching business 
  • In depth equipment training, including harness fit in relation to the musculoskeletal demands of different dogs 
  • Dog behaviour in the context of canicross 
  • Dog welfare in detail 
  • How to manage your groups (Taking a dog and runner centred approach to sessions) 
  • Planning routes and risk assessments
  • Running safe and successful sessions 
  • Practical sessions to ensure you are confident
  • An introduction to the Canicross Coach programmes (tried and tested templates for you to use for those just beginning to those wanting to step up to competition or events. )
  • Comprehensive Training Manual of over 300 pages to access and refer back to
  • A branded T shirt and sports headwear
  • A FREE online Dog first aid training course run by one of the top Veterinary Nurses in the UK,  to be completed following the training weekend in your own time

Meet your instructors and founders of canicross coach

Dawn Crook-Richards

Dawn Crook-Richards is well known in the Canicross community as the owner of CaniX, organising the oldest and largest National Championship in the UK alongside the CaniX Fur Nations. She has competed in canicross for over 13 years, both in the UK and abroad, in addition to being a founder member of Canicross Somerset. Moreover, she has 20 plus years of teaching experience, including adult education, with a special interest in Outdoor Education, where she holds NGB recognised qualifications. She is also an approved LiRF from UK athletics, and is level 3 and 4 qualified in Sports Massage.


Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas runs K9 Trail Time,  known as the leading canicross retail business within the UK. Emily founded the Cotswold Canicross group, organises the only UK Dog Triathlon with her Tri Dog team and is proud to be a representative for the British Sleddog Sports Federation, the National governing body for all dog powered sports. As a competitor herself for over 12 years in canicross, bikejor and dog scootering,  she brings with her an extensive knowledge of equipment and a passion for dog health and welfare. In addition to this Emily is qualified in Canine Hydrotherapy, giving her a solid understanding of canine physiology and musculoskeletal dynamic. Emily is also an approved UK athletics LiRF and qualified in both Sports specific and canine First Aid.

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