From the American Sighthound Field Association website:
Lure Coursing is a performance event developed in the early 70's by Lyle Gillette and other California sighthound fanciers who hunted jackrabbits in the open field, which risked the harm caused by barbed wire fencing. They invented lure coursing as a safer, more controlled sport for sighthounds that would recreate the physical requirements of open field coursing, allowing them to continue testing the functional abilities of their sighthounds. The hounds chase plastic bags on a course laid out to simulate escaping game.
But many dogs love the thrill of the chase – not just sighthounds. And that’s why we created the Lure Coursing Fanatics Club! It doesn’t matter if your dog is a Chihuahua or a Great Dane or a mix of anything in between – if they love to chase things, they will LOVE Lure Coursing! And even if you think they won’t – many people are very surprised when their dogs go nuts for the lure!!
At our events we've had many breeds run the lure - Cocker Spaniels, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Labs, Malamutes, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dalmatians, Great Danes, Scottish Terriers and many more ... plus many mixed breeds! We've had a few Sighthounds stop by as well.
We don't care WHAT breed your dog is - they can give it a try and see if they become Fanatics, too!
Our course is run in a fully fenced 2 acre field on our property. Our field is mowed weekly to keep down the weeds and give the dogs a nice even surface for running. We always 'walk the line' before we start coursing to make sure there aren't any hazards - especially when we run our equipment at other locations. The only dog(s) allowed in the field are the ones running the course. A dog can run alone or with a friend - it is up to the owners. We are experienced in running many different breeds - even the super fast sighthounds.
It's not just about chasing the lure. It's about having fun SAFELY! Safety is our #1 rule. If we don't think it's safe for a dog to run - they do not run. Puppies are treated differently than adults but even a pup as young as 8 weeks can give it a go! Our vet is located just 10 minutes away and has an off-hours emergency service (if something were to go wrong). We also keep a First Aid kit handy for minor cuts and scraps.
Our course is approximately 200 yards long - shorter than a regulation course for sighthounds but long enough for dogs to have fun!
Want to see the action? Check out the Dogs In Action page for photos and videos of dogs running the lure and having a blast!