In lure coursing, dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate live coursing. A typical lure course is between 600 and 1000 yards long. The course should have a number of turns in order to simulate prey (the jack-rabbit or hare) changing direction in a chase. If a dog is lure focused they will typically follow the lure from start to finish and not run off course. Dogs with some considerable lure experience, termed “lure-wise”, may try to anticipate or “cheat” by attempting to cut off the lure instead of trying to capture the lure using follow, speed and agility. Sighthounds generally have no need to be trained or enticed to chase the lure since the desire to chase is instinctual. However any breed can learn to lure play at a very early age to encourage them to follow an artificial object with enthusiasm. Dogs must be at least one year old to compete; the hard fast turns are tough on a dog’s developing joints and lure coursing before the age of one can cause joint problems later in life.
Lure coursing is only held as a special event at Hog Dog. The course must be set up each time. Watch for times. Cost is $3 a run.
Special thanks to the Whippet Playdate Club for their help in running our events.