Hi there. It Desmond again. Hope you are enjoying your spring. I just got back from a road trip to see my human grandparents, Eric’s Mom and Dad. We took a road trip to Tennessee. I had not seen my grandparents. The trip also gave me the chance to run in my first Lure course race. We traveled to Nashville where I got to meet more of my family. I got to meet my Aunt Margret, Richard, and Sara. They even came to the Lure Coursing event with my grandmother, Gail. So I had a great support team for my first event.
What is Lure Coursing? Let me see if I can explain. Lure Coursing is an event where dogs chase an artificial lure across a field, following a pattern that is meant to simulate chasing a live rabbit or some other live prey. A typical lure course is between 600 and 1000 yards (548 to 914 meters) long. If a dog is lure focused they will typically follow the lure from start to finish and not run off course. Sometimes 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. The dogs must be at least one year old to compete.
Got it? If not, here is a video to help bring the point home. So I entered a Lure Course event put on by the Nashville Dog Training Club. But I had to qualify to run in the real races. So I entered a Lure Course Qualify Test, QC. I ran against another Rhodesian Ridgeback around the course. They wanted to make sure I chased the lure (i.e. plastic bags) and not the other dog. I passed with flying colors.
So I have completed in my first Lure Course event and received my JC title. I also placed third against all the other Rhodesian Ridgebacks in my class. A good start for my first race. Sorry, but I need some of oxygen. Three races in one day is a little exhausting. I racing my next lure course race in a couple of weeks in Reidsville, NC. The event is being put on by the Mid-Atlantic Hound Association of Central NC
Until next time.
PS: A special thanks to Nashville Dog Training Club and Marino Caro for their assistance.
PSS: I got to chase a real rabbit a couple of days after the event in our backyard. The rabbit did get away. I would never hurt “Bugs Bunny”