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 and Greyhounds 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 s 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 parents 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.
Puppy 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!