About Us

Cani-Fit, the original dog and human fitness company!

We’re based in Scotland but train people from all over the world.

Cani-Fit originated in 2011 after founder Lindsay realised there was a gap in the market for people who want to improve their fitness, exercise their dog and train their dog in sled dog sports. Cani-Fit has grown from strength to strength; going from Lindsay training other people’s dogs, to today’s enthusiastic team of leaders taking classes across Scotland.

We deliver top quality fitness training classes teaching you and your dog how best to Canicross, Cani-Hike, Bikejor and Scooter. We host events, races and are also the founders of Ruff Dugger!

As well as training newcomers and experienced runners alike, we also deliver professional training courses and help others become leaders in the field.

Cani-Fit have a huge wealth of knowledge and experience with National/World Champions in sled dog sports. Training, running with and developing dogs’ fitness is something we live and breathe!

We hope to share our passion with others and educate how best to work with your dog for the long run.

If you are thinking of getting fit with your dog, then as we say at Cani-Fit… Just Dae It!

The Team – Our Instructors know fitness and dogs!

Lindsay Johnson

Lindsay has been involved in Sled dog sports for 9 years (where she met Mr Cani-Fit). Struggling to find a training club that would allow her to train with her dog to get race fit, she decided to set up her own. With the help of a couple of canicrossers locally Cani Sports Scotland found its feet. Spending more time training, racing, learning, mushing in Canada, training others – than actually working she soon realised it was time to take the plunge and offer a service no one else was offering – fitness training for the human and dog! And so Cani-Fit was born in 2011.
Accomplishing canicrossing 96 miles of the West Highland Way, winning several national championships and taking podium in 95% of races she has attended, it is safe to say her own Cani-Fit experience has gone from strength to strength. She has Suko to thank for a lot. He has been the ultimate teacher, mentor , training partner and pal!
“Now we have Mini-Fit (Evan), I cannot wait to see what the future has to bring”. Just Dae it!

Keith Johnson

Keith has been involved in Sled dog Sports for over 20 years now, with more experience than you can shake a stick at he is the UK’s most successful musher – his achievements are yet to be matched. Cani-Fit has kept his interest in the sport, kept him fit, moved him from running big teams to single or double dogs in Scooter/Bikejor and the odd attempt at Canicross when his ankles allow. It has also given him a lot of hard graft, setting up, clearing up trails and covering classes when Mrs Cani-Fit had the cheek to take maternity leave. Keith plays a massive part in the business with creative ideas on dog training, trail designing and lesson structure. He enjoys a cake and some time off which he has been promised on his 50th Birthday! In his own words “Cani-Fit has been some grafting , but has brought me something better than my three World Championship Gold Medals, my wife and son.”

Linzi Melville

My name is Linzi and my dog is Indie. Some of you may know me from cani-cross races and CSE. I’ve cani-crossed for a few years and love running with my dog as my teammate! We’re looking forward to helping you learn and love cani-cross!

Joanne

I’ve always enjoyed running but I’m a recent convert to Canicross. I got Daisy, an energetic rescue collie and started attending my nearest Cani-Fit class – it’s really helped her socialise. I’m fitter than I’ve been for years, because it’s a class I really can’t wait to do every week. We enjoy it so much that I wanted to bring a class to my local area. So that’s what I’m doing.

Andy Cochrane

I was introduced into the world of Cani-sports by my wife who took our rescue dog Daisy along to develop their bond, exercise and socialise her. I began going to classes borrowing a friends dog and immediately loved it. Earlier this year we rescued Ed a very high energy pointer cross and with time and patience he is developing into a great Cani-sport dog. Along with running we have tried scootering and bikejor and hope to race at this for the first time this year. I have learned loads at the classes and now hope to be able to educate and encourage others into the sport. Ed is the perfect partner and we have both become faster and stronger training together.

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Brian Stirling

I first came along to Lindsay’s taster session and absolutely loved it. From there on I’ve been all over the country at different races and events and now after four years going to classes, I recently took part in the Cani-Fit leader course. So looking forward to joining the team and teaching others.

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Fionn Innes

I was introduced to Cani-Fit through a friend, who suggested I give it a go with my dog, Dino. I’ve never been a runner, but since attending my first Cani-Fit class in September 2017, I’ve been absolutely hooked. Dino and myself are now fitter than we have ever been before, and I’ve now found a sport that I’m excited and enthusiastic about. I wanted to bring Cani-Fit to my local area, as I’m passionate about my town and our many green spaces, and would love to get more people out having fun with their dogs and making use of the fantastic trails on offer. Cani-Fit has been a complete game changer for me, and I hope to bring along my enthusiasm and drive for the sport to my classes.

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Amy Bissett

I’ve been coming to Cani-Fit for about 6 years now with my little small but mighty Maisie. We love canicross, bikejor, agility and also do a bit of mountain biking, swimming, paddleboarding and just generally adventure together! As well as doing lots of behind the scenes Cani-Admin we originally trained as canicross leaders about 4 years ago but are now looking forward to helping those that are a bit less confident to get into biking with their dogs

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Heather Hopkins

I started canicrossing in January 2017. I had a rescue dog that couldn’t be off lead and I wanted to exercise him in a way that also used his brain and built his confidence. I attended Cani-Hike classes first then moved on to running. Prior to that my last competitive run was at school sports day circa 1979. I’m 5 foot high and way wider than I should be so not your typical runner’s physique! I run with my pointer cross Rory. He is a live-wire and absolutely loves it. My Hound boy Meikle is more laid-back and enjoys the Cani-Hike class more. At the end of the day I have tired, contented dogs.

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Steve Barnett

I’m Steve Barnett, I was first introduced to the sport in 2015 after seeing photos of a friend taking part in a race attached to her dog! Curiosity getting the better of me I asked her what she was doing and was met with the reply “Canicross”

Intrigued by this I did some research and visited an event with my Border Collies Holly and Cassie where we were able to try out kit and give it a go. I was completely “blown away” by it, but more importantly my girls loved it too.

Up until this year I ran a two dog team, alternating one dog with my Romanian rescue dog Gina, and this year I started my GSP Tilla in the one dog category. Since taking up the sport my fitness has improved, I have had more fun and quality time with my four girls and have made loads of great friends around the UK.

I now want to help others to experience the same bonding with their dogs and have as much fun as I do with mine.