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Lure Coursing

Lure Coursing

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This sport is only open to registered sight hound breeds.

Lure Coursing stimulates the sighthound's natural instincts to chase a moving object. The "lure" (a bunch of plastic bags) is tied to a rope or line that is pulled around pullies by an electric motor especially designed for this purpose. The course pattern is irregular and somewhat similar to the way a hare might run in the open field.

The course is laid out before the trial, generally in a fenced field. The course is approximately 500 yards long and usually includes some straight runs and a number of turns. The field is checked for anything that could be a danger to the hounds (holes, etc.).

During the event dogs follow an artificial lure around a course on an open field. Coursing dogs are scored on speed, enthusiasm, agility, endurance, and their ability to follow the lure.

If you have a suitable field and purchase a machine there is no reason why you can’t set up your own courses for fun.

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