Canine Lure Coursing - ENTRY LEVEL
What is coursing?
Do you have a dog that loves to run? If so, lure coursing may be the perfect activity for him! Lure coursing is a sport that involves dogs chasing a lure (usually a fake rabbit or another animal) through an obstacle course.
It is a great way to exercise your dog and also teach him how to hunt. In this short blog post, we will discuss what lure coursing is and how you can get started with it! Lure coursing is a sport that was originally developed for hunting dogs.
There's several versions and distances, course shapes, but the method is the same. Chase a lure attached to string line, that is pulled by machine like Renegade loop lure systems.
COURSING FOR GREYHOUNDS
The greyhound version is big in the UK, Ireland and Australia. It involves pitting 2 dogs against each other with them wearing a traditional red collar on one dog, and white on the other.
A series may consist of 3 round for example. With the winner progressing to the next round until a winner is determined after the final. The Waterloo cup is the worlds most famous coursing event with it's knock-out tournament between sixty four coursing greyhounds from Great Britain and Ireland. Australia also has it's version of this event.
COURSING FOR ALL BREEDS
Today, coursing is enjoyed by dog owners all over the world as a way to exercise their pets and teach them new skills. The goal of lure coursing is to have your dog chase a lure (usually a fake rabbit or another animal) through an obstacle course.
This is a great way to give your dog a workout and also teach him how to hunt. If you are interested in training for lure coursing, there are a few things you need to know.
The easiest method to learn about lure coursing is by watching internet videos, then locating a club near you and visiting the AKC website if you're in the US for example, and if you're in Europe, UK or any other part of the world, simply google search for your national kennel club, and you should be able to discover events in your area.
There's also versions such as Fast CAT and Fast DOG. And usa paws sports like drag racing! These are great to get started, and they usually all have fun days to give it a try without any pressure.
Once you've been to an event, you'll know if you dog will need ongoing training, and even if your dog chases perfect, they should still train so they keep improving.
Once you decide you want to do more training at home, and not just ball games or lunge work, you'll will need some equipment. Obviously you've already found the very best lure builder in the world. But which machine will be right for you? First work out what distance you want to go, and then factor in how many dogs will chase on the course per session. Then think about how many turns the course will have, this will tell you how many field pulleys you'll need.
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In addition to a lure machine, you will need to create a course. There are many different types of courses available online, or you can create your own. You can do a simple drag or uptake, aka a straight run. Or a simple square will force the dog to run almost in a circle.
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