Knowledge Base - Pacing

Natural Pacing
Because canicross depends much on pack and hunting instincts defining pacing ethics becomes difficult. It becomes even more complex in live canicross events as staggered starts by their nature encourages pacing. Another typical example could be running in a Parkrun and your dog is chasing an elite front runner. Additionally it could simply be you are on a social run and happen to be running with a team that have a significant speed advantage. How do you define what is pacing and what is simply the real world ? These are examples where a canicrossing human canine team are in a pseudo natural environment where their inate capabilities are being used in a natural non-exploited way. It is, in effect an unsynthesised structure and running environment
Unnatural Pacing
However there becomes a point where a chase speed becomes artificially increased by unnatural means. E.g. Chasing a bicycle, car, motorbike, ATV, golf cart etc. . In this scenario the dog(s) are placed in a situation where the speed is elevated beyond what would normally be encountered in nature. In effect a synthesised structure that in theory could encourage dog(s) to be paced to exceed beyond their natural capabilities. There could be an argument that the IAAF now use pacing lights in a track event. However the subtlety is that a human can make a choice, a dog would be driven by instinct.  
Although the league is unable to control these situations. Our official view is that natural pacing is an incidental function of typical conditions that occur within the environment, and although not condoned it is simply just part of environmental norms within the sport. On the flip side pacing using unnatural means that is using synthetic or manmade objects to gain an advantage would be considered ‘gaming the rules’ and unsporting. Should unnatural pacing come to our attention, a competitor should expect an appropriate measured censure, or penalty response.


Created : 2021-02-07 11:30:54, Last Modified : 2022-02-08 05:57:38