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    Took Finn to the Dogs Victoria big day out for dogs + canine Christmas market last weekend. Was a great day all around... (no poo accidents too )

    We went over to watch the lure coursing for a little while and Finn was completely fascinated by it!!

    We were on the other side of the fence, probably at least 20m from where the dogs and lures actually were. Finn was watching so focused on everything that was going on, taking it all in! Every time the lure went around closest to us, Finn got super excited and so desperately wanted to run after it!

    Lure coursing is something I've never given a second thought about but now having seen Finn's reaction to it (and it does look like good fun!) I'm thinking it would be a great activity for him that he'd have an absolute blast doing!

    I do have concerns though... I don't want to encourage him chasing small animals like cats... At the moment he's generally good with cats, but if one ran fast near him, I'm not sure what he would do.

    So considering I don't really want to encourage him chasing small animals... I'm assuming that lure coursing is probably something I should be avoiding, even though I think he'd have an absolute blast doing it!

    What are your thoughts on this?

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    Mmm yep, the more reading I do on google about this the more I'm thinking I'll stay away from lure coursing.... Bit of a shame, but I'm thinking probably best option all around.

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    I imagine it would make some set backs in fast moving critter impulse control but you could counteract by working on cat counter conditioning? My understanding is dogs who course are well aware it's just a bag or rag. And if he's only allowed to do it in a specific place and location?

    But could also bleed through. I'm sure he'd make for lovely coursing photos. Not much difference to chasing a ball or flirt pole id think?

    With luck he's a chaser not a catcher for cats :s

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThistleTheDog View Post
    I imagine it would make some set backs in fast moving critter impulse control but you could counteract by working on cat counter conditioning? My understanding is dogs who course are well aware it's just a bag or rag. And if he's only allowed to do it in a specific place and location?

    But could also bleed through. I'm sure he'd make for lovely coursing photos. Not much difference to chasing a ball or flirt pole id think?

    With luck he's a chaser not a catcher for cats :s
    I suppose it's still an option. Maybe I'll email the Rhodesian Ridgeback club (who seem to be the ones who run lure coursing for large dogs in VIC) and voice my interest and concerns about the sport.

    The simple fact that I have 3 cats means I really want to avoid having a dog who's a cat chaser. He already has that tendency if they run fast near him... I just don't know what he'd do if he actually caught up to the fast cat....

    Never ever letting him near my ferrets! Not even going to risk it!

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    sometimes the best way to stop a dog chasing things you don't want - is to put it on cue or set up contexts when it is ok.

    We did some lure coursing in Adelaide - and Frosty did not suddenly start chasing new things or things I'd taught her to leave alone - like remote control cars...

    They know it's not a cat lure. And the lures are very carefully made to be very artificial. Here - they won't even use fake fur. It's usually old tshirts or bags.

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    Please do your homework on this ‘maddogdodge' – but Finn is far too young to be doing something like this.

    He needs to be 18 months old before he can start something like this – just like agility and a few other different sports.

    If this was my pup – I would be waiting until he was 2 years old. It just makes sure all his skeletal growth/development has been completed. You don’t want him having problems with all/any of his joints because of all the twisting and turning involved in luring.

    This is the same reason that none of my pups now will ever chase a moving ball. It is just not worth it for a pup's health.

    I have no problem with luring. It is fun for everyone. Finn would be smart enough to know that he is chasing a plastic bag and not something else. If and when you do it - set him up so that he knows the difference - different collar; different lead; different place; racing jacket and different attitude from you !

    http://ankc.org.au/media/1093/1809lu...ing_2015v2.pdf

    Why not look at getting his ‘Title’ with obedience in the meantime ? He sure has the smarts for it !

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