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According to the American Sighthound Field Association, "Lure coursing is a performance event developed in the early 70's by Lyle Gillette and other California sighthound fanciers who hunted jackrabbits in the open field, which risked the harm caused by barbed wire fencing. They invented Lure Coursing as a safer, more controlled sport for sighthounds that would recreate the physical requirements of open field coursing, allowing them to continue testing the functional abilities of their sighthounds. The hounds chase plastic bags on a course laid out to simulate escaping game."
Lure coursing can also be described as a fast-paced chase sport. Dogs run after a "bunny" lure (usually a white plastic bag) that is attached to a line. They run in an open field and run as fast or slow as they want. If you think your dog might be a little shy, bring a favorite toy or favorite ball and we'll attach it to the line to entice him or her! It usually works!
Luratics is an ALL-BREED SPORTING CLUB that features LURE COURSING (Big Field large events and Small Field Micro Runs), and sometimes other fun things like AKC FastCAT or Sprint events. Most lure coursing is only open to sighthounds, but Luratics is open to all dogs. Purebreds, mixed breeds, any size or shape - all are welcome here! NOTE: our Micro Runs are not suitable for large sighthounds (IG's are fine).
At our fun runs dogs usually run the course individually, not with other dogs, however, in some cases housemates or buddies will be allowed to run together. Please check with Jerrod (for the Big Field events) or Pat (for the Micro Runs) if you'd like to do this.
Check out our CALENDAR to see when all of our events will be coming up!