What is Lure Coursing?

IMG_5623Sighthounds are dogs that were bred to chase game by sight rather than track game by scent. Lure Coursing is a humane performance event for hounds that duplicates the chasing of game and is great exercise for the dogs and a lot of fun for dog owners and the dogs. You will know how much we love it when you attend an event and see the owners struggle at the starting line to hold their dogs back until the starter announces the release. We just can’t wait to get after that lure.

Currently the breeds accepted at lure coursing events are Purebred Afghan hounds, Azawakhs, Basenjis, Borzoi, Cirnecho dell’Etna, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Ibizan Hounds,Pharoah Hounds, Salukis, Sloughis, Scottish Deerhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and Whippets. Limited Stake Breeds chart Polskis, Galgo Espanols, Magyar Agars, Peruvian Inca Orchids, Portuguese Podengros, and Silken Windhounds. Lure Cousing events are sponsored by American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA), Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), and American Kennel Club(AKC).

A local club that is licensed by one of the three sponsoring organizations hosts a coursing trial. You can find these local clubs by visiting the sponsor’s websites at www.akc.org (click on performance events, lurecoursing/clubs) and www.asfa.org (click on member clubs).

You need to practice your dog and get the dog certified to run in a trial so check with the club to see if they will have certification/practice runs at the trial. Some other things to remember:

· Get good directions, these events are not easy to find.

· Bring a lot of water and a water dish for your hound.

· Purchase a quick release for the leash.

· Bring a chair and shade for the car. The day is long. Some Clubs have lunch available.

· Bring some great gourmet dog treats.

· Wear layers of clothing since the weather can change from cold to rainy to warm very quickly.

Dogs run against their own breed and if they win their breed will run against the other breeds to determine the best in the field that day. The dogs earn points toward titles. Jane (we both live with the Baker of those great gourmet dog treats) and I have our Lure Coursing Championship Titles. Please do not tell Jane I said this. Jane is better than me in Lure Coursing but I am the best at straight racing.

Get involved and have fun, it is a blast.

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