Sue Pisias of the Chintimini Kennel Club submitted an article about her club's Coursing Ability Tests that was published in the Salem Statesman Journal.
Check out the article here or read more below.
Put your dog’s running ability to the test
Baz, Siberian Husky owned by Kelly & Linda Boyd of Tovik Siberians, practices for a Coursing Ability Test
If your dog loves to run and chase, there is a perfect sport for you and your dog.
The AKC Coursing Ability Test (CAT) is a fun running event for all dogs, purebred or mix, as long as they are 12 months or older. Dogs follow a white plastic bag that moves around a field, mimicking the way a rabbit runs. Dogs with a high prey drive such as herding, terrier, hound or sporting dogs do especially well. However, many other breeds enjoy the sport; French bulldogs, bassets, Bernese Mountain Dogs, papillons and Chihuahuas for example have been successful on the course.
The mechanics of the course is that the bag is tied to a string, the string goes around pulleys and an electric or gas motor is used to move the string. Owners are often amazed at how much fun their dogs have.
Dogs run as singles, and the lure goes only as fast as the dog. Dogs under 12 inches at the withers run 300 yards, and taller dogs run 600, with veteran dogs 7 or older running 2/3 of the distance. Weather or hot temperatures may have the judge decide to shorten the courses. Safety is most important, and fun is second.
Any dog that runs three CATs successfully under two different judges earns a Coursing Ability or CA title. Other subsequent titles also are available. The scoring is pass/fail. For those who pass, they get an orange ribbon and Chintimini awards a special rosette for any new titles.
If you want to have your dog try this out, email email@example.com to be put onto the email list for practice or check on the club’s website for a schedule at chintiminikennelclub.com. All dogs and puppies of any age are welcome at practice.
Sue Pisias is part of Chintimini Kennel Club Coursing events for all dogs. CKC is an AKC dog club in Corvallis that has training for and puts on events in conformation, obedience, rally and lure coursing. All dogs, purebred or mix, are welcome.