Richard Shawcross- Canicross

Richard Shawcross- Canicross

Chesterfield, Sheffield & Peak District

Hi, I’m Richard

I’m a Human-Canine coach and I have run Peak Dog Coaching in Chesterfield near the Peak District since 2017. I focus my coaching on creating, strengthening and maintaining bonds between human and canine companions starting as soon as the puppy arrives with their new family.

I specialise in laying the foundations of this bond in puppyhood, layering a range of age appropriate activities as the dog matures to adulthood. Once the dog is an adult the human-canine team can commence dog sports and this is where Canicross comes in. Canicross is not just a wonderful sport for maintaining bonds but also creating them where they may otherwise be missing.

I have run with my dogs for over a decade turning to more formal Canicrossing with Gus (a miniature Labradoodle) over the past 3 years since he reached maturity. There is nothing we love more than running across the muddy trails and moors of Chesterfield and the Peak District together to enhance and maintain the bond that we have. Zephee (a Griffon Bruxellois) is 20 months and will be starting to join us at her own pace. As well as Canicross we also like to Canitrek when we want to go a little further a field.

Canicross and Canitrek are sports that really can be open to any human-canine teams. It is important to obtain the correct advice for appropriate kit and coaching to avoid injury and get the best out of both human and canine.

I have undertaken an intensive program with Sporty Paws and am proud to be one of their first certified Canicross Instructors and Ambassador.

I provide 1-2-1 introductory and progression Canicross and Canitrek sessions as well as a Couch to 5k program.

Services Offered

  • Canicross Introduction sessions
  • 1-2-1 Canicross Training
  • Online Canicross C25K Programme
  • Canicross Couch to 5km Coaching
  • Canitrek introduction sessions
  • Canicross and Canitrek Social runs and walks
  • Human-Canine Coaching – Puppy Specialist
  • Canine Body Language Workshops
  • Reactive Rascal Workshops


  • Diploma in Canine Nutrition
  • Certified Canine Body Language and Reactive Rascals Instructor with The Dog Training College
  • Canine First Aid Trained
  • Member of Pet Professional Network
  • DBS Checked

How To Contact

Telephone: 07947 445640




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