Canicross Instructor Course


Are you passionate about Canicross and want to work with dogs for a living? Or maybe you already have your own dog business and want to add a unique dog sport to your existing services? We can give you the knowledge, skills & equipment required to launch your own successful Canicross business!

This course will provide you with everything you need to begin running Canicross training sessions for your clients and their dogs and how to structure future sessions for their progression. The course includes your very own Instructor starter kit bag worth £450 (RRP), available in a choice of 5 colours. This means that you are suited and booted ready to launch your Canicross business as soon as you complete our course!

2 Day Intensive In-Person Training
Instructor Starter Kit Bag Worth £450
Tried & Tested Strategies & Templates

Our 2 day Instructor Course Includes:

  • In-person 2 day course including a mixture of both theory and practical
  • Instructor Kit bag worth £450 RRP including the full range of sizes of Sporty Shorty harnesses, a Sporty Paws 1m & 2m Canicross line in a choice of brass snaps or carabiners, and a Sporty Paws S/M and L/XL waist belt all in your very own kit bag. You can even choose the colours of your harnesses, belts and lines.
  • Tried and tested business strategies and templates
  • History and background of the sport including Canicross safety
  • Deep dive into the different harnesses, bungee and waist belt styles and their features
  • How to measure up correctly for a Canicross harness
  • Warm up & cool down routine pre & post Canicross run
  • Introduction to Canicross command training
  • How to run a Canicross introduction session from enquiry through to practical session.
  • How to structure a Couch to 5K Canicross programme
  • How to set up a Canicross club
  • Hands on practice with both your own dog and other course attendees
  • Common troubleshooting problems
  • Instructor handbook
  • Instructor T-shirt
  • Use of the Sporty Paws Certified Canicross Trainer logo
  • 1 months free access to our Instructor Guild for on-going support, advice and benefits after the course. See full details below.

The completion of this 2 day Canicross Instructor Course will enable you to become a Sporty Paws Certified Canicross Instructor.  The full course cost is £650

Your Instructor

Hi I’m Emma, 
Head Canicross Instructor at Sporty Paws, Dog Sport Specialist and running buddy to my rescue Collie X Husky, Blue.

With 7 years experience working in the dog industry, 4 of those as a Certified Canicross Trainer coaching pet dogs and their owners in the sport, as well as running a successful, busy dog training business specialising solely in dog sports (not just Canicross!), I can assure you that you’re in safe hands with me as you start your own journey as a Canicross Instructor. I’ll be sharing my knowledge, experience and tried and tested strategies and templates so you leave the course feeling confident in how to set up and deliver Canicross Training to pet dogs and their owners.

I first started Canicrossing back in 2016 as a focus during a difficult time in my life. I quickly fell in love with exploring the countryside with my dogs and the feeling of just ‘being in the moment’ spending time together. Canicross soon became my safe haven to escape daily stresses and clear my head and most of all, my dogs loved our adventures too! The Canicross addiction stuck and I now regularly run up to 10 mile distances with my rescue Collie X Husky Blue and also try our paw in the odd race here and there too.

After experiencing the benefits of Canicross myself first hand, in early 2018 I went on to qualify as a Certified Canicross Trainer so I could share my passion for the sport and safely introduce other dog and owner teams so that they could get the support and guidance needed to have the confidence to get out running together with their dogs too. Since then, I’ve successfully set up and ran both 1-2-1 and group Canicross coaching as well as my own Canicross club in North Yorkshire.

In 2021 I became Head Canicross Instructor at Sporty Paws and co-founder of the Sporty Paws Certified Canicross Instructor Course which has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to set up and run your own Canicross Training Business.

I’m a big believer that anyone can take part and enjoy Canicross and that it’s not about how far or fast you can run, but about how much fun you have along the way together. I look forward to helping you spread this message and the unique sport of Canicross to dog and owner teams in your area too!

The Venue

Our Instructor course is held at the beautiful, private venue of Allerton Castle and grounds in North Yorkshire.

Allerton Castle has great direct links being just 5 minutes off the A1. Allerton is situated just a 15 minute drive from the local towns of Boroughbridge and Wetherby and is also within a 30 minute drive of the cities of York, Harrogate and Ripon for accommodation for the course. There is even a campsite just a 2 minute drive from the venue too!​

To find out more about Allerton Castle you can visit their website HERE.

After The Course…

We welcome you to become a member of our Instructor Guild. For £20 per month you get the following:

  • Access to Sporty Paws Head Canicross Instructor for on-going support and advice

  • Online Q&As / workshops for continued personal development opportunities covering both Canicross and business related topics

  • Access to our private instructor forum to connect with other Instructors

  • 15% Instructor Kit discount at Sporty Paws through our loyalty scheme

  • 10% discount for your clients to use at Sporty Paws

  • Opportunities to trial and test Canicross kit

  • Business listing as a Certified Instructor on the Sporty Paws website

  • Discounts on further courses like Pet First Aid and Human First Aid


  • Who is the course for?

    You must have basic Canicross experience and have a willing dog in harness.

    This course is ideal for anyone wishing to offer Canicross training as a new business venture or as an additional service to an existing business. Alternatively it is also suitable for Canicross Clubs and Groups who want a representative within their group who is trained to correctly fit equipment and teach the correct methods

  • Will I need to bring my dog on the course?

    Yes, the course is a mixture of both practical and theory so you’ll need to bring your dog to the course.

    Your dog needs to be comfortable running in harness and be happy to settle in your vehicle during the thoery parts of the course. The venue is private and your vehicle will be parked closeby whilst we do the classroom sessions. You’re welcome to check on your dog at any time. The maximum length running route during the course will be a 5K (or less) route.

    If you’re unable to bring a dog, please contact us prior to booking on to the course so we can see if we can make alternate arrangements for you.

  • Is there a payment plan available?
    Yes! Please get in touch with us to discuss this further.
  • Is overnight accommodation included in the course cost?

    No. You will need to arrange your own overnight accommodation for the duration of your stay.

    Our Instructor course is ran at the beautiful, private venue of Allerton Castle and grounds in North Yorkshire.

    Allerton Castle has great direct links being just 5 minutes off the A1. Allerton is situated just a 15 minute drive from the local towns of Boroughbridge and Wetherby and is also within a 30 minute drive of the cities of York, Harrogate and Ripon for accommodation for the course. There is even a campsite just a 2 minute drive from the venue too!

  • Does this course include lunch?

    No, Lunch is not provided within the course cost. You will need to bring a packed lunch each day, however, refreshments will be provided at the venue.

  • Will I need to buy kit after the course?

    You will receive an Instructor Starter Kit Bag worth £450 retail value in with the course cost to enable you to get started with your introduction sessions. Your kit bag includes 7 different sizes of Sporty Paws short Canicross harnesses, 1m and 2m bungee lines and 2 waist belts. All in a colour of your choice.

    Please note: Not all dogs will be suited to one harness style due to their running style/needs, therefore you may need to purchase additional kit after the course to add to your kit bag to accommodate your clients needs.

  • What age does my dog have to be to attend?

    Dogs must be fully grown to participate in Canicross due to it being a high impact sport. This is to avoid damage to the dogs bones, joints and growth plates whilst they are still growing. Dogs are typically around the age of 1 year to 18 months depending on breed size, sometimes even up to 2 years in giant breeds. Check with your vet prior to starting if you are unsure.

Upcoming Dates

January 2022 – FULL!!

Mon 24th & Tues 25th
Allerton Castle,
North Yorkshire
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March 2022 – 6 SPACES LEFT

Thursday 10th & Friday 11th
Allerton Castle,
North Yorkshire
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October 2022 –

Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th
Allerton Castle,
North Yorkshire
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November 2022 –

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th
Allerton Castle,
North Yorkshire
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 by Darren Cutler on SportyPaws - Dog Sports Equipment & Training

For someone relatively new to Canicross, the course was great in providing the knowledge needed to go away and confidently set up a range of Canicross classes and services.

The two days were relaxed, informative and provided an opportunity to learn from a variety expertise in dog related areas.

It’s also great to know that you have ongoing support from people that clearly know their stuff, and the classroom wasn’t too shoddy either!

 by Anna Roberts on SportyPaws - Dog Sports Equipment & Training

After doing a previous course this one was undoubtedly better with it being 2 days you covered a lot and in detail for those who haven't measured for a harness or don't feel confident in it will gain the knowledge and HANDS on experience in this which is vital. The location makes you feel special. I enjoyed the meeting of new people and love the support you receive in building a better business. I totally recommend this course.

 by Rachel Ferbrache on SportyPaws - Dog Sports Equipment & Training

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about canicross and how to advise new canicrossers on the correct harnesses for their dogs.
Emma has a wealth of knowledge and presented the course in a very informal manner.
Emma is very friendly and patient and answered all our questions to her best ability.
I feel confident now in advising clients about their dog’s harnesses and waist belts.

 by Laura Compton on SportyPaws - Dog Sports Equipment & Training

This has been a fantastic course in an amazing venue. Emma has distilled as much of her knowledge as possible into the two days, and I now feel confident in fitting kit, advising clients on appropriate equipment, and running my first classes. Emma is friendly, approachable and patient and she teaches in a way that makes the subject completely relatable even for a novice. As well, the kit that comes with the course is everything I need to set up as a Canicross instructor and will give me a great start until I can build a larger collection on my own. Nobody looking to start running their own Canicross classes will regret booking this course.