Release your dog's potential
Release your dog's potential
01×06: Nick & Joy | Never give up on your dog
Even the best dog trainers have problems sometimes! – What you see on social media is not real life. Everyone that has multiple dogs has scuffles, has fights from time to time. Don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you failed as a dog trainer. It just means you have more work to do, which everyone does, say Nick and Joy Weis.
According to ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year in the United
States, and there are millions of dogs waiting in shelters for a forever home.
For some, it’s a bit harder to find new families than others. There could be
many reasons for that, but a common reason is that they are too demanding. You
guys often end up with these dogs. Why?
NICK: We got into
dog powered sports because as a kid, I always wanted a malamute. We ended up
getting a malamute that had been returned because he was too high energy. The
family couldn’t handle him. So it was my opportunity for us to get a malamute.
We got him, and he was going to destroy our house. We had to find something to
keep him from destroying our house. We were not going to give up on him.
started in canicross for that reason. I just started running with him to burn
off energy so that he could get the exercise he needed to be a good dog. That
just let us see that there was really a need for high energy rescue dogs to
have a place that – they need a family where they can burn off that energy and
be the good dogs that they really are deep down inside.
But it can be quite hard to find that good dog sometimes. Do you have some tips
and tricks to share?
NICK: The biggest
tip, really, is exercise. In the U.S., we have a saying, “a tired dog is a good
dog,” and that’s really it. It’s about getting them the exercise that they need
to find that inner calmness that they all have.
Is this often underestimated when somebody gets, for example, a malamute or a
husky or a border collie, the level of activity these dogs need?
NICK: Absolutely. In
fact, almost all of our dogs have had homes before us where someone got them
and underestimated how much work they were going to get.
example, the dog that Joy ran with in the first World Championships that we
competed in was a dog that someone applied to a husky rescue. The rescue said,
“Your life is not right for a husky.” They said, “Too bad, I want a husky
anyway.” They went out to a different shelter, adopted one. Called this rescue
back and said, “Hey, you were right. We can’t handle a husky, but we adopted
one, so here. Please take him.”
really need to understand that huskies and malamutes and many other breeds out
there require a certain lifestyle. You have to make a commitment to that
lifestyle. If you’re not an active person, don’t get an active breed.
And you are quite active with your dogs. You’re doing canicross with them, and you
have done quite good. We are at the World Championships in Sweden right now,
and you have been running with one of your rescue dogs.
JOY: Yes. His name
is Oso and he is a husky mix. We adopted him several years ago from a shelter
in Oklahoma City, and he’d just had this third birthday.
we adopted him, no one wanted him. All of the people who had come to look at
him and see if he was right for their family took one look at him and said
“absolutely not,” and walked out the door. He would destroy wire crates. He had
had a couple surgeries with stitches and had ripped those out and tore up his
cone, had to have a muzzle. He was just sort of a mess, and people thought they
really couldn’t handle him.
came across him and we talked about it and talked about it, and we decided he’s
the perfect fit for our family. We have never had one problem with him because
from the moment we brought him home, we started running with him.
01×05 : Tessa Philippaerts | Canicross: Best tips when running with a dog
If you like to be active with your dog, canicross is the perfect sport for you! Everyone can do it – both proven runners and people who have never participated in competitions before. In this episode, Multiple World Champion Tessa Philippaerts from Belgium shares her tips on everything from how to get started to what to remember at a competition.
JEANETTE: Today’s guest was a Top 5 track and field athlete in Belgium.
Now canicross is her main discipline, and today the three-time world champion
will share some tips and tricks. Tessa Philippaerts from Belgium, welcome.
TESSA: Hi. Welcome.
JEANETTE: Thank you. First of all, can you tell us a bit what is
TESSA: Canicross is basically running with your dog, but you’re connected to
your dog. The dog is not free-running, and the dog is wearing a special type of
harness in which he can pull freely, and he’s connected to the runner by this
elastic line. The runner is wearing a special type of belt. Usually they run
basically anywhere they want. They can go off-road, they can run a little bit
on the road.
JEANETTE: So it doesn’t need too much equipment. This is basically
something everyone can do.
TESSA: Yeah, everybody can do canicross. It’s really easy. You just need
basic equipment and a pair of running shoes, and then you’re good to go.
JEANETTE: How did you come into the sport?
TESSA: I was doing track and field from when I was 7 years old, I think, and
I always hated to do the long distance running training that I had to do by
myself. I really liked dogs, but after our last dog died, my father said, “No,
we do not really want to have a new dog anymore. It’s so much time.” So I kept
on nagging and nagging and nagging to get a new dog. My father saw I was
struggling with my training and he said, “Yeah, maybe if I can buy you a new
dog that can join you on your training runs, will you then go and do it more
often?” I was like, “Yeah, of course. Of course I would love to have a dog to
join me on my runs.”
We basically started to look online for which type of dog fit in with
our lifestyle, and we stumbled on the whippet, because they’re pretty calm in
the house and they’re active whenever they’re outside. They’re not the typical
canicross dog, but by then I didn’t know anything about canicross, so it was
After a while my father said he was looking on the internet, surfing,
and he found this sport where you can run with your dog. He was like, “That’s
something for you, canicross. Would you like to try it?” I said, “Yeah, we can
go one day and try it.” So one race somewhere in Belgium –There we started.
There was this small stand standing outside where they have all this equipment
hanging and you could try it out, or you can buy it. We just bought instantly
everything because I thought it was nice for running at home anyway.
Then we did the race, and I thought it was so much fun – even though my
dog didn’t get anything about what she had to do. But yeah, it was so much fun
to run with my dog. I remember I finished last place, but I didn’t care because
it was so much fun. After that day, I think we went to every possible race.
Then we got really stuck with canicross, and we got better and better during
the years, so that was really cool.
JEANETTE: You also got more dogs.
TESSA: Yeah, because I think after two years of doing canicross, my father
said “This is actually so much fun. Can I borrow your dog?” Of course, “No.”
Then he was like, “Okay, then maybe we can buy another dog.” So we
bought a second whippet. Then he started to race as well with her.
From then on, we started to get more dogs after my whippet got injured
when she was 4 years old. I was so sad. I remember I was just so sad, because
she was actually really good for a whippet running in canic
01×04: Trude Mostue | First Aid
Do you know what to do if your dog gets a paw cut, suffers from diarrhea and vomiting, or eats a plate of chocolate? Veterinarian Trude Mostue shares her best first aid tips.
01×03: Tom Andres | No leash, no trouble
JEANETTE: Today’s guest is Tom Andres from Germany. He is doing sprint and middle distance. Can you tell us a bit about how everything started?
01×02: Eli Beate Sæther | Agility, physical training and mental strength
JEANETTE: Today’s guest is one of the world’s best athletes in agility. With her Shetland sheepdog Zelda, she placed third in this year’s European Open, and they have been on the podium at the World Championship two times. Eli Beate Sæther, welcome.
01×01: Dallas Seavey | Building a team
JEANETTE: Hello and welcome to the first episode of our brand new podcast! We`re starting with one of the best mushers in the world. He won the Iditarod 4 times and broke the record 2 times. When he’s not training or racing with his dogs, he is sharing his philosophy on how to build a team with everything from athletes to business leaders, and today he will share it with you – Dallas Seavey, all the way from Alaska – welcome to Norway!
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