Active Paws Initiative

Our Active Paws Initiative is aimed at getting more dogs and owners in East Lancashire physically active together. We currently have two activities in our Active Paws area:

Mantrailing – An outdoor game of hide and seek. You and your dog will work together to locate missing persons in a variety of different locations, and take it in turn to hide for other participants’ dogs. Because your dog will be actively following a scent trail and must work at a steady pace, there is no running involved in this sport. Mantrailing is ideal for those who want to participate in some non-strenuous aerobic exercise whilst providing their dogs with the opportunity to learn new skills and engage in mentally enriching scentwork. All dogs can participate in Mantrailing, including puppies and those with physical disabilities which may exclude them from more intensive dog sports. Mantrailing is always practiced in a group.

Canicross – Developed in Europe as a way of training and exercising sled dogs outside of the winter months, Canicross can be enjoyed at a range of different paces from a brisk walk to a steady jog or, if you’re feeling adventurous, a sprint. You’ll run or jog at your own speed, and gradually build up your fitness as you and your dog learn to work as a team to establish control and direction. Whilst all breeds of dog can participate in Canicross, your dog does need to be physically mature before it can join in. That’s usually between 1 and 2 years of age, depending on your dog’s breed size – a Chihuahua will mature faster than a Leonberger. Canicross can be done in a group or 1-2-1, and once you know the basics you can choose to run by yourself or under instruction of your trainer.

To learn more about each activity you can view their respective pages, or click below to visit the online booking system and arrange your introductory session.