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Activities you to do with dogs - Lure Coursing

 

What is Lure Corsing?

How your Dog is Judged.

Lure Coursing Code of Ethics

Links to Lure Coursing Information

Clubs & Organisations

What is Lure Coursing.

Lure Coursing is usually limited to sighthounds, that is, dogs that use their eyes rather than their noses for hunting. (For example - Afghans, Borzois, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Pharoah Hounds, Deerhounds, Salukis, & Whippets.) We also include the Basenjis, Beagles, & Rhodesian Ridgebacks with these hounds.

Any other dog, pure bred or not, that has a penchant for the chase, may compete.

Hunting with dogs goes back to antiquity, as can be seen by pictures and tapestries in Art Museums.

Lure Coursing is now a sport which is extremely popular in England, Europe, & the USA & came to Australia in the form that we practice now in the early eighties.

It first came to Queensland and now New South Wales, Victoria, & Western Australia have regular meetings.

Lure Coursing tries to stimulate the hound's natural instincts for coursing.

The "Lure" (a bunch of plastic strips, skin or a plastic bag) is tied to a rope that is pulled around spindles & pulleys by a motorcycle especially designed for this purpose.

The course pattern is irregular & somewhat similar to the way a hare might run in the open field.

NO LIVE GAME IS EVER USED IN THE TRIALS
or the training of the lure coursing dogs.

The R.S.P.C.A. has fully endorsed our sport and has commended our efforts for promoting responsible dog ownership.

Not only do we encourage good health & safe exercise for our dogs, but all our officials are always ready & happy to direct newcomers to the right source of information concerning any health, dietary or handling questions they might have.

In an official Lure Field Trial, the dogs are released on the Huntsmaster's call of "Tally Ho" & they follow the lure around the course.

Each dog is scored on it's enthusiasm, follow, agility, speed & endurance.

After the scores are totaled a the end of the day (each dog is run twice) prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd dog in each breed, with the overall winner of the day getting special recognition.

These points allotted go towards the titles of Field Champion & for those dogs that already have that title, Lure Courser of Merit.

NO GAMBLING IS INVOLVED WITH THIS SPORT.

As in all sports, the athletes in this case the dogs can sustain injuries, although much rarer than in human competitions, it seems that dogs never push themselves to their absolute limit.

We have a Veterinarian in attendance at most of our functions & Safety & First Aid officers are present at every meet.

Finally, no amount of detailed description will ever be able to convey the atmosphere of a Lure Coursing Meet unless you actually participate!

How your Dog is Judged.

Lure Coursing is not only a test of speed & your dog is evaluated on the following points:

*ENTHUSIASM: (Max 15 Points) Lively, single minded, showing great eagerness & determination in regard to the lure, after the "Tally-Ho" & until the lure passes the marked "Finish" for the course.
*FOLLOW: (Max 15 Points) Chasing the lure with the intent of taking it, while maintaining a path of reasonably close proximity to the lure's course, considering the relative positions of the dogs to the lure and to each other. Keenness is exhibited when the dog reacts immediately to any change in the motion of the lure. A dog that becomes unsighted for some good reason & yet attempts to find the lure again is not severely penalised, depending on how hard it works at trying to find the lure again, & how soon it does so.
*SPEED: (Max 25 Points) Rapidity in moving, the rate of moving or progress. Credit goes to the dog, which levels out low, stretching & really drives. Since timing is not used to measure speed, the dog's manner of "putting out" is an important means of assessing its ability to cover ground.
*AGILITY: (Max 25 Points) The ability to move quickly & easily. Nimbleness in negotiating terrain, which may cause a dog to slip or slide. Turning without going wide or cutting or breaking stride.
Co-ordination of movement.
*ENDURANCE: (Max 20 Points) Lasting quality, stamina of physical & mental concentration. Credit is given to the dog, which does not fade, or pull up or slacken.

PENALTIES: Pre-slip penalty for dogs whose handlers start their dogs before the Hunts master has given the "Tally-Ho".
Course delay penalty: Dogs which delay their course or whose handlers delay the course may be penalised, but not by trying to retrieve the lure upon completion of the course.

That is how a judge assesses the performance of your dog, even though a judge's decision is final you are welcome to discuss your dog's performance or ask for help in case of non-performance, with any of the judges present on the day.

Lure Coursing Code of Ethics.

1. Subject to clause 8b(iv} of the constitution - Any member found guilty of baiting a dog with live game shall be immediately banned for life from the Lure Coursing Association (Inc.} or an affiliated club or association.
2. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the dog is in good health.
3. Bitches in season must not be raced during their season and from (6} six weeks from the onset of season -for the bitches welfare.
4. No puppies under the age of (9} nine months to be raced in competition.
5. Instructions and Directions of the Officers of the Day; Hunts-master, Judges, Chief Steward, Lure Operator, Safety Officer, and Registration Officer must be respected and obeyed.
6. Dogs must be kept on suitable lengths of restraint for public safety and animal welfare.
7. Cleanliness of the grounds -including removal of dog droppings -are the responsibility of the dog's owner or agent.
8. No "Interbreed" racing during competition.
9. "Interbreed" racing during training runs will be at the discretion of the Hunts-master of the day.
10. It is recommended that dogs run in pairs whenever possible.
11. That all dogs on the Lure Coursing grounds be under control of an Adult at all times, with the definition of an Adult to be 16 years of age or over. -
12. Adults only to be in catching pen during races or at
Hunts-master's
discretion.
13. Only officials or other authorised persons to be allowed on the Course during races.
14. In the case of disputes; the decision of the president, secretary and other authorised persons will be final.
15. All protests must be in writing with a $10.00 fee and submitted to the Racing Secretary on the day.

# Information supplied by:
Queensland Lure Coursing Association
www.qldlurecoursing.com

# Photo taken by:
www.dogs4sale.com.au

Links to Lure Coursing Information

http://www.lurecoursing.org.uk/ - Good information

http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/activities/lurecoursing.html - Good information

www.qldlurecoursing.com

 

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