Running Dog Coursing


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Running Dog Coursing

We are three sighthound owners and dog enthusiasts that have been coursing our hounds for many years. We are teaming up with All Breed clubs and others to offer Coursing Ability Tests and FAST CATS to members and other coursing enthusiasts.

Why course with us? We know how to safely set up a field and run a lure since we are not only running our own dogs, but we have experience putting on trials, setting up the courses and the equipment as well as running the equipment. We are AKC Lure Coursing coursing judges for the sighthound trials as well as CAT and we are also ASFA coursing judges. We have been around Lure Coursing for many years and know under what conditions and on what fields we would run our dogs. We want to bring that experience to you.

AKC Coursing Ability Tests

The purpose of the AKC Coursing Ability Test is to provide all dogs and their owners an enjoyable, healthy activity in which they can participate. Based on the sport of lure coursing, Coursing Ability Tests will serve as an introduction to the sport for all eligible dog owners. Dogs run singularly and are required to complete their course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a maximum amount of time. The Coursing Ability Test is a pass–fail event.


In this event, Sighthounds chase a mechanized, white plastic lure around a 600–800 yard course that simulates the unpredictability of chasing live prey, while helping to improve their focus, agility and sportsmanship.  Lure coursing is limited to the sighthound breeds.


One of the easiest ways to get involved in the world of dog sports is with a Coursing Ability Test (CAT). Designed specifically for newcomers, each dog chases after an artificial lure on either a 300- or 600-yard long course and must finish in less 1 ½ minutes and 2 minutes, respectively.  Any breed can participate.


Think of Fast CAT® – which stands for Coursing Ability Test – like measuring a track star’s speed: Dogs run individually in a timed 100-yard dash.  Any breed can participate.