Lure Coursing is a fast-paced new exhibition at this year’s Poochapalooza, to be presented throughout the day by the Association of Puget Sound Coursing.
The performance event was created in the early ‘70s by California sighthound owners who hunted jackrabbits in open fields, putting their dogs at risk of injury barbed wire fencing existed. They invented lure coursing as a safer, more controlled sport for sighthounds to give their dogs a safer way to train, and owners to assess the dogs’ functional abilities. The hounds chase plastic bags attached to string run through a pulley system on a course laid out to simulate escaping game.
But many kinds of dogs love the thrill of the chase. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a Teacup Chihuahua or an Irish Wolfhound, or a mixed breed of any size. If they like to chase things, they will love lure coursing.
Courses are typically large, and often the size of an open field (imagine a course 200 yards or longer!) Due to limited space available, we won’t have the luxury of a large course or sharp turns, but the setting will be big enough to give spectators a feel for the activity.
If dogs were event planners, they'd do Poochapalooza!
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