They just loved it even Thorn, ok! he hasn't got the speed or the nice galop of the 3 other, but still is looking for the lure, even among the dogs near the track.
Timbo was jumping in the high grass not to lose sight of the lure, that was really funny, even if it was slowing him down.
Valhi almost got the lure during the run, she is more taken by lure coursing than racing that's for sure.
Eos loves it as much as racing, the first round wasn't that good, I think she was trying to understand why the lure wasn't going round and turning so sharp.
Basenjis are really hunting dogs, and that should be kept in mind by breeders!
Paul and Bill, have an oval track dog, Chiro, #1 basenji in NOTRA last year, he too does not do well at lure trials. He rather races the bunny than catch it.
It does not appear Chiro will do so well in NOTRA this year, too many trails canceled due to a lack of whippet entries. Go figure.
I agree, "Basenjis are really hunting dogs, and that should be kept in mind by breeders!"
Laurie and I have not posted any of our show results, brags, etc. The dogs we breed are fantastic show dogs, not just lure. A properly built basenji is ideal for a fast agile courser, add the hunting instinct, good temperament, and health. This is the cornerstone to any good breeding program, to produce balance dogs beyond just balance or excellence in one aspect.
There are a few things you can do to prepare your dog. The best is to play with her with a lunge whip.
This is a buggy whip, (horse tack shop), strong fishing pole, etc. Approximately 6' long, with 6' of strong cord tied to it. And on the very end, tie a white plastic bag (tall kitchen sacks)
I'm not a big fan of using fur, as some lunge whips are sold.
Now the fun, use the whip to move the bag about on the ground. It's a game, catch it. It's important for you to challenge her to catch it. Move it about her feet. After a while it will be challenge to keep it away form her. You do need to let her succeed, if she can not catch it, she’ll give up. Always end the game after 10 minutes or less, leaving her wanting more.
Do not play when there are distractions, or it’s to hot. We add this later after she has strong desire to rip up those plastic bags.
One done, you probly be cleaning up pieces of plastic.
The true test, is when you can come home and leave a plastic grocery bag on the floor with ice cream, and she attacks the bag, and leaves the ice cream alone. 🙂
Way to go, Max!! See, all that energy is there for a reason!
I love Max; he's beautiful and funny. LOL, one day I joked to Darren, "Don't you think Max and Jazzy would make beautiful puppies?". I think the look I got resembled this, ":eek: " Poor guy. I love doing stuff like that to him.