Lure coursing is a humane sport that makes use of a lure—usually a plastic bag, that is pulled by a motor around a course of pulleys. If you are interested in seeing a video of dogs lure coursing at Courteous Canine, Inc go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOv7JeO8GI8&feature=youtu.be
As you can see, the dogs chase the “lure” and have a blast doing it. Courteous Canine, Inc. offers two levels of lure coursing classes:
- Introduction to Lure Coursing
for dogs that have never lure coursed before or who are needing more exposure to get optimally addicted. This one-time class lasts 90-minutes and is limited to 8 dogs. Class costs $30 per dog.
- Intermediate Lure Coursing
for dogs that are consistently following the lure or actively competing. This one-time class lasts 90-minutes and is limited to 8 dogs. Class costs $30 per dog.
Lure Coursing private instruction is also available at our usual rates of $55 per hour and $30 per half hour. Half hour sessions are recommended if you are coursing one dog.
We recommend that you have your dog checked by a vet and cleared for lure coursing as it is a high speed activity.
Lure Coursing Competition
The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers lure coursing for all breeds of dogs including mixed breeds. To learn more about the AKC program visit: http://www.akc.org/events/lure_coursing/. AKC offers a titling program for lure coursing dogs.
The United Kennel Club (UKC) also offers a lure coursing program that includes titles. Some unusual breeds are registered by UKC enabling them to earn titles for lure coursing. For more information visit: http://www.ukcdogs.com/
There are many groups forming across the United States for the lure coursing addicted and Courteous Canine, Inc. is open to hosting competitions, club practice sessions or providing demonstrations.
We will allow dogs that know each other well and are friends to course together. Pictured here are an Aussie with her housemate Golden Retriever. Courteous Canine, Inc. uses plastic pulleys for added safety. Metal pulleys can cut feet. In addition we set courses where string angles are all well over 90-degrees.
Letting your dog watch while another dog courses is a great way to get her interested. Above left two housemate Cavaliers coursing together and surprisingly the usually slower one is dashing out ahead!
Lap dogs are often passed over for dog sports but Cavalier Sammy and Papillion Bella beg to differ, both dogs are thoroughly enjoying trying to “get it”.
Some dogs learn to pull the string off the pulleys to enable them to “catch” the lure. Courteous Canine, Inc. Instructors will disengage the motor when this happens. For safety dogs are not allowed to stand on the string prior to the motor being activated. Please keep all humans and dogs clear of the string when lure coursing is in process.
We look forward to lure coursing with you and your dog!
Happy lure chasing, The Staff of Courteous Canine, Inc.
Lure Coursing Safety Notice
Prior to Lure Coursing please obtain permission from your vet that your dog is healthy and fit enough to play. Lure coursing is a highly intense activity. If your dog has a history of liver or kidney damage, or has a history of heat stroke, exhaustion, or any other serious medical condition, do *not* lure course your dog!
We recommend Sight Hounds such as Whippets, Greyhounds, and Dobermans be limited to coursing during the months of November through February preferably early in the day when it is cooler.
Dogs that have pushed in faces may *not* be suitable for Lure Coursing, please check with your vet and recommend you book Lure Coursing early in the morning.
*All dogs* need to walk the course prior to chasing the lure, ensuring that dogs and owners see the set up and the location of trees, fencing and the Lure Boxes.
Please look for signs of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration at all times. Labored breathing, staggering, vomiting and runny stools can all be symptoms of a dog that is overheating. Dogs with a history of overheating during intense activity should *not* lure course. If your dog is possibly overheating please note the time of the onset, the vet will need this information!
More signs of overheating are: “feverish” feeling in armpit and inner thigh areas, sticky gums, excessive drooling, bleeding gums, excessive panting, a white tongue, a change in body shape to accommodate heavy panting, wobbly legs, collapse, delirium, vomiting, any unusual behavior. If you observe any of these signs in any of the dogs please immediately notify your instructor!
We recommend that owners monitor their dog’s respiration rate and body temperature as instructed by their vet. A body temperature of more than 102-degrees for large or medium dogs is commonly thought to be unsafe and requires medical attention small dogs usually have higher baseline body temperatures. Know what your dog’s normal body temperature is so you can identify overheating.
Please immediately report to your instructor any dog that you think maybe getting too hot, including your classmates dogs.
If your dog gets overstimulated while watching Lure Coursing, please ask your instructor to provide you with a zen panel, this will block your dog’s vision and may help you keep them calmer.
Immediately report to the instructor if your dog or any dog is *not* drinking water. Dogs drinking water is essential to providing a safe lure coursing experience.
Baby pools and hoses are located in various places at our facility. Please ask your instructor to show you where they are located. We can provide cool wet towels if needed.
Thank you for helping us keep your dog’s Lure Course experience, fun and safe!