Ever worry about B running off during lure coursing?


  • Lenny has done lure coursing before but always with his breeder. Now that we're far from her, I want to continue him with the lure coursing. I went to one event with her before I left Michigan and it looked like great fun! I was surprised that the course was not fenced in. Lenny did fine, chased the lure the whole time and then pounced on it at the end while we nabbed him and put his leash on. There's an event next weekend that I could go to, but I worry that he'll run off! Like, what if he sees an ACTUAL squirrel?

    Anyone else have problems/concerns w/ B's running off while Lure coursing?


  • Very few people have had dogs run off…but it has happened....

    I don't worry about it too much, because either my dogs are completely nuts on the lure...or won't go more than 25 yards from me (Querk and Luna!!) I haven't tried Ariel. At first I thought I would be more worried about her running away..being a full Af..and well...more primative...but now that I know her better...I doubt she would even leave me 🙂

    I worry much more about the line snapping, and the dogs fighting over the "bunny" than I do about running away.

    I would really work on recalls, so that if something does happen you would be able to get them back quickly. There are some really fun coursers out in your area. http://www.apubasenjis.com/ check here for some info 🙂


  • I agree with Andrea. I have one who would goof off and not let us catch him when he was young. After 30 minutes of chasing after him in a horse pasture and then only catching him because he stopped to roll in horse manure, we started to muzzle him when he ran. He couldn't care less about the muzzle when the lure is running and as soon as it stops he either finds me to take it off or he lies on the bag and stuffs it into his muzzle.


  • Exactly… the muzzle is the answer for sure... if they are keen on the lure, they will not be bothered at all while running... but will not typically ever run off very far if at all at the end of the run.


  • I worry about the same thing so I'm planning on using EXTRA special treats when we try it out 😃

    Tayda & Lenny-are you guys planning on going to the on in NJ?? That's where were thinking of going.


  • Yes! There's one this weekend in North Branch…. are you going to go? Would be great if we could meet up and help each other through it.

    http://www.iwags.org/coursing.html

    I'm going to call the people and find out how to enter them…


  • @Tayda_Lenny:

    Yes! There's one this weekend in North Branch…. are you going to go? Would be great if we could meet up and help each other through it.

    http://www.iwags.org/coursing.html

    I'm going to call the people and find out how to enter them…

    If you B has never run, then you need to do practice first… and if ASFA Trial they need to be certified and AKC then need a JC certificate before they can run. Some ASFA trials have "singles" that you can enter in and they run by themselved.

    Also even if your B has run before, but not with you as handler, I would still suggest that you go, see what a trial is all about etc... and just do practice until you are comfortable that you can catch your B at the end of the course

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