When you go to a dog park you will probably see a few of us dogs running around chasing each other. I am lucky in that I have a two acre back yard that my mates and I use to behave like nuts (when it is not too hot) and take turns chasing each other. As you may know we deerhounds were bred to hunt deer in Scotland and now our neighbors get mad if we chase down their Bambi, so we behave like good citizens and just chase each other.
If your dog is very competitive and loves to run another option is straight racing. The Large Gazehound Racing Association has organized racing events where we race against the same breed on a 200 yard straight grass track. If you win against all your breeds you get to race against the winners of the other breeds and finally might become the Field Champion for that day. Winners earn points toward titles. I think it is great fun and have earned enough points to become a GRC(Gazehound Racing Champion) and almost have my Superior Gazehound Racing Championship. Everyone loves to win but just as much fun is the day outing with 100 other dogs who all love to run as much as you do. I think our owners have a lot of fun also.
If you are interested check out www.lgra.org to learn if there is a club in your area. Eligible breeds are Afghan hound, Azawakh,Basenji, Borzoi,Chart Polski, Cirneco dell’Etna, Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Woofhound, Magyar Agar, Pharaoh Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound, and Sloughi. If you have a smaller breed such as a Whippet check out NAWRA, WRA, and CWA.
In a future post I will tell you about another exercise option called coursing but right now all this talk of running has me hungry for a gourmet dog treat.