Line Length – The Long and Short of it

I’m often being asked by new canicrossers what length of line they should buy, as K9 Trail Time stocks a wide range of bungee lines in a variety of lengths. The reason that we offer so many choices is because everyone prefers different things and as with everything, what suits one person and their dog will not suit another.

For example I have always preferred to run my dogs with a slightly shorter two dog line than the average and have opted for the Bono two dog canicross line for racing two dogs.

http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/bonos-two-dog-canicross-walking-line.html

The line is made of tough webbing, it has a grab handle so you can hold them if need be and it’s a good length for racing, not being too long as to cause issues with tripping other people on the course. The Bono two dog line is approx 2 metres stretched.

The Bono Two Dog Line is one of my favourites and a best-seller

The Bono Two Dog Line is one of my favourites and a best-seller

I have also been using the Arctic Wolf Canicross Line for running and racing one dog events because it’s extremely lightweight and being 2 metres when stretched, it meets all UK and European racing standards.

http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/arctic-wolf-line.html

The Arctic Wolf line comes in 3 different lengths in single and now 2 different lengths in a double version

The Arctic Wolf line comes in 3 different lengths in single and now 2 different lengths in a double version

When the rules about running dogs at Parkrun changed I decided to investigate a much shorter line and that was when we started stocking the Bonos’ line, which is the shortest line available at approximately 1.2 metres. I now use this line frequently with my dogs because it has a handy grab handle and is much easier to keep your dog under control in a crowded situation. That is the biggest advantage of a short line and whilst I don’t think it’s ideal for racing, as you need to allow your dog to be out in front, the Bonos’ line is certainly the best length for crowded situations and where you need to keep your dog close to you.

http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/bono-canicross-walking-line.html

I also use the Bonos’ line now with my husky cross, as she prefers to run by my side the majority of the time and with a longer line this can mean it drags on the floor and has even been known to trip me up!

Bono's Line or the 'Parkrun' Line

Bonos’ Line or the ‘Parkrun’ Line

The Arctic Wolf line as mentioned before also comes in a Parkrun length and a new release for 2016 is the Non-stop Park Run Line which is also a much shorter length, designed for when you need that extra control.

The Non-stop Line has been developed over the last few years and now has elastic bungee the entire length of the line, making it one of the best bungees available and is particularly good for strong pullers.

http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/canicross/canicross-lines/non-stop-running-line.html

The newest line from Non-stop is elasticated the entire length in all versions

The newest line from Non-stop is elasticated the entire length in all versions

However, as most of my training runs are off road and through fields and wooded areas, I have also been using the longer lines such as

the Howling Dog Alaska

http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/howling-dog-line.html

Howling Dog Alaska Line

Howling Dog Alaska Line

and the Canadog Lightweight Line

http://www.k9trailtime.com/shop/canadog-lightweight-line-1330.html

Canadog Lightweight Line

Canadog Lightweight Line

The longer lines allow the dogs more freedom when we’re training to run to the side of the track and sniff at patches of grass, giving them the option to behave more like they are on a normal walk than a run. I like to make sure that my dogs aren’t always racing in harness and can differentiate between when we should be focused for racing and when we are either doing a longer distance run or are simply having a ‘fun’ run!

So you can see that the different lengths of lines suit different situations and it comes down to a variety of factors to determine which length will suit you and your dog best the majority of the time.

My dogs enjoy the freedom that a longer canicross line gives them

My dogs enjoy the freedom that a longer canicross line gives them

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4 comments on “Line Length – The Long and Short of it

  1. Claire says:

    My Bono line was an awesome training line for my new dog – it gave me closer control so he could learn his commands.

  2. Fiona says:

    Love the Bonos lines I can now run safely on our country lanes.

  3. […] 4 – Connect yourself with a bungee line – A line with bungee in it will help to absorb the shock of your dog tugging to chase any wildlife you may come across. There are different lengths available to suit different situations and environments but for some more guidance see this past blog: https://k9trailtime.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/line-length-the-long-and-short-of-it/ […]

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