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Beginner's Guide

 

 

 

If you are new to lure coursing and the BSFA.

Eligibility.

Your dog must be a sighthound and must be registered with the Kennel Club or, if they are a rescue, they must have been adopted through one of the official breed rescues. Foreign born dogs will be accepted if they are registered with the official body in their own country. If you are unsure whether your dog is eligible please email us.

What is Lure Coursing?

Lure Coursing aims to give sighthounds the experience of hunting live prey which they have been bred for centuries but in a humane way. No live game is ever used, instead we use a lure made of plastic kitchen bin liners which are highly visible, waterproof, light & cheap.

How is the lure made to move?

The lure is tied onto a line which is threaded through a series of pulleys and then to an electric motor. The speed of the lure is controlled by remote control by the lure driver who stands on a scaffolding tower in the middle of the field.

Why Lure Course?

The main reason for most people is because the dogs love it! It gives them a chance to exercise their natural skills and abilities to an extent that is increasingly rare in today's world. While dogs should be fit before they start lure coursing, it does help to keep them in great condition. Lure Coursing also gives breeders of sighthounds a chance to evaluate their lines in a meaningful way. Also, sighthounds seem easiest in the company of other sighthounds and the day is good socialisation for them as well as for there owners.

Trialling

You may like to bring your dog along to a meeting and let them run in our trials.

A trial is an opportunity for the dog to get used to chasing the lure. Most sighthounds don't need much training or practice but occasionally a dog does not take to the lure and so this gives you a chance to see how your dog likes it before committing to joining the BSFA and entering your dog in competition. Your dogs performance in a trial will not be evaluated by the judges.

We run two trials sessions at each meeting, one before the morning competition runs and one before the afternoon runs. You may run your dog in either session or both. We aim to start the morning trials at around 10am and so it is recommended that you arrive in time to book your dog in no later than 9:30 am. Please bear in mind that everyone working on the day are ordinary members who volunteer their time and energy to put these events on and be patient if we are running behind. On arrival, find the horse box or blue tent that we use as an office. You will be asked to fill in your dogs name and age on the trials sheet and sign to say that you accept liability for any injuries. The fee for a trial is £2.50 per dog, per trial. We are a very friendly group and you will be given all the help you need to get started.

Your dog can run in trials for as long as you feel is necessary for them to get the idea of chasing the lure. Once they move on to competitions they may not return to running trials unless there is a good reason such as after a while out of running due to injury or illness.

About The Venue

Find directions to our venue here.

The unsung star of our meetings is the beautiful field we use. We have Port-a-loo's available and now one member is running a cake stall to raise funds for the club which is proving to to be very popular. You may like to bring bring food and drink for yourselves and your dog. Camping chairs and gazebos are allowed but no barbeques please.

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