ABOUT LURE COURSING
What Is Lure Coursing
Lure Coursing is a Sport, where a dog is allowed to use their natural instincts and run or chase after something. Lure Coursing is a simulation of a rabbit (the lure) in flight from the predator (the dog) which is chasing after it. Live rabbits have been replaced by white plastic bags which are moved through the coursing field by means of a string at ground level with pulleys controlling the direction. The lure makes sudden turns, veers off in various directions and often does the unexpected as a rabbit would if pursued.
The object for the dog is to course the “bunny” until it completes the pre-determined pattern till it comes back home (where the owner is waiting). The lure operator ensures that the lure always stays slighly ahead of the dogs until the course ends.
Lure Coursing In Australia
In 1990, the first lure meeting was held in Queensland, by a hard working little committee, which later on went on to become the Queensland Lure Coursing Association. This club was the first of it’s kind in Australia and was the first club to include all breeds of dogs. Sight hound fanciers had run days before this, but it was for sight hounds alone and was held only as fun days.
Today Lure Coursing is held in most states and is slowly coming under the banner of Australian Lure Coursing Association. All breeds of dogs compete and they compete against themselves and other dogs in their breed.
Each dog is judged on;
Enthusiasm – do they want to do it,
Follow – are they following where the lure is or are they just going for a run,
Agility – how do they get around the course, how are they’re turns,
Speed – how quick are they going,
Endurance – do they maintain the same speed all the way around the course.