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Lure Coursing

Above Photo courtesy of Alan Muldawer

The following is excerpted from the Lure Coursing Rules handbook:

"The American Kennel Club offers Lure Coursing Tests and Lure Coursing Trials in order for sight hound breed owners to evaluate the working abilities of their hounds. These events are artificial simulations of live game or open field coursing. The purpose of the Lure Coursing program is to preserve and develop the coursing skills inherent in sight hounds and to demonstrate their ability to perform the function for which they were originally bred."

 Ridgebacks love to run and typically have a high prey-drive. This makes them great candidates for lure coursing. In short; Lure coursing is a fun competitive, outdoor sport for sight hounds, where the dogs are run in braces of three (each wearing a different color), after a lure on a predetermined course. It is fun for the dogs and amazing to watch your dog running at full speed after the lure. My dogs love the lure and I encourage puppy owners to get involved in Lure Coursing.

There are currently two national organizations who hold sanctioned Lure Coursing trials:

The American Kennel Club, and the American Sight hound Field Association (ASFA).

You can teach your puppy about lure coursing from a young age.

Lure Coursing is good for stimulating the mind and provides a good source of exercise. In training a new puppy, I use a long buggy whip, which can be easily obtained from a feed store, tack store or Tractor Supply company. I tie a white plastic bag onto the end of the whip and "play" with the puppy. I never wear them out with it and always stop before they get tired and while they are still wanting more. I do this for several weeks and try to eventually get the puppy to an organized practice.

Some Photos of our Dogs Lure Coursing...

The two photos above show an excellent example of the double suspension gallop that sight hounds are known for. At full extension and fully gathered, all four feet are off the ground. The double suspension gallop was once thought to be unique, among dogs, to the sight hounds. This has been proven otherwise. Although it is thought to only be unique to dogs.