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New Test Allows All Dogs the Chance to Experience the Fun and Excitement of Lure Coursing

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to announce the launch of a new titling event – the Coursing Ability Test – on February 24, 2011 in Calhoun, GA.  Open to all dogs, the Coursing Ability Test is an introductory event fashioned after the sport of lure coursing and meant to be a fun, healthy activity for dogs and their owners. Coursing Ability Tests may be held by all licensed lure coursing clubs.

Eligible dogs must be at least 12 months of age and individually registered/listed with the AKC (registered purebred, Foundation Stock Service (FSS), Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) or AKC Canine Partner). In order to pass the test, a dog running alone must pursue a lure, completing the course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a given time.

“The Coursing Ability Test can  provide a wonderful community outreach opportunity, an enjoyable experience for dogs and owners and a way to expose a wider audience to the sport,” said AVP Performance Events Doug Ljungren. “Most dogs will chase a lure and have fun in the process.” 

Dogs that pass the Coursing Ability Test three times will earn a Coursing Ability (CA) title. Ten passes and a dog earns a Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA) title and 25 passes results in a Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX) title. 

Upcoming events include:   

  • Bluegrass Coursing Club, Feb. 24-25, Calhoun, GA
  • Greyhound Association of North Georgia, Feb. 26-27, Calhoun, GA
  • Alamo Area Whippet Club, Mar. 5-6, Hutto, TX
  • Northwest Arkansas Kennel Club, Mar. 19-20, Rogers, AR
  • Mid-Atlantic Hound Association of Central North Carolina, May 21-22, Rocky Mount, NC


These Coursing Ability Tests are being held in conjunction with the Club’s normal Lure Coursing trial. Coursing Ability Tests may be held with a trial or as stand-alone events.

A summary description of the test, the regulations governing the event and a Coursing Ability Test application form, as well as a list of upcoming events can be found on the AKC website at Click on “Coursing Ability Test” on the left side of the page.

If your club is interested in holding a Coursing Ability Test, please complete the application form and submit to the Performance Events Department.  If you have questions, please contact Bob Mason at or (405) 826-2929 or Lisa Carroll, Manager of Performance Events at or (919) 816-3900.

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