One thing that I have learned in life is to accept that things are not all black or all white. Life is shades of gray and just because someone sees a different shade of gray than you do, it doesn't mean their shade is right or wrong, its just different. ~ Robyn Dubbert
D Levy did experiments back in the 1930s and 40s predominately. The study too small to tell if valid. Furthermore, I'd be curious what type of "punishment" they used to correct the dogs over food. Somehow, I am not surprised that the softer dogs indulged and then punished came to not trust humans. Children with the push/pull (love/abuse) type parents also fare worse in some research stats than those with cold/abuse.
This coming weekend there is LGRA and NOTRA in Orange County. My mom has the information. I think there is also some racing in December in Orange County. Don't know what the show schedule looks like or if these conflict with any. I do know this time of year is the racing season in So Cal since the parks are available.
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.