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Lure Coursing

Lure Coursing

Italian Greyhound running in lure coursing.
Ibizan Hound running in lure coursing.
Pharaoh Hound and Afghan Hound in lure coursing.
Afghan Hound running in lure coursing.
Borzoi running in lure coursing.

Actions to help AKC Lure Coursing Clubs Impacted by COVID19  

The AKC Performance Events Department has been processing numerous event cancellations as the COVID19 virus continues to spread throughout the country. Clubs  and participants are  encouraged to view the AKC Performance Events Cancellation Listing page to see which events have been cancelled.

To  ease some burdens or bring clarity to now commonly experienced situations during these troubling times, lure coursing clubs should be aware of the following: 

  • Clubs are reminded to inform the Performance Events Department if they have to cancel their event by calling: 919-816-3908 or sending  an email to:  perfcancel@akc.org.
  • Any club that  notifies the Performance Events Department that their event  is  cancelled  due to the COVID19 virus will automatically retain their corresponding date for 2021 unless  the  club asks the Performance Events Department otherwise. This has been implemented since COVID19 cancellations  were  first  received.
  • AKC Event  Application fees which were paid for  a  cancelled event will be credited towards the club’s next event of the same type  provided  the club has notified the AKC Performance Events Department by calling 919-816-3908 or  emailing:  perfcancel@akc.org.
  • All late fees for event applications will be waived through October 31, 2020 in order to provide clubs flexibility in scheduling their events.
  • A cancelled event will not count against the  total  number of events  allowed  per year.
  • If judges are pending on a panel for not having attended a seminar, they will be excused from having to attend one  for the next 12 months. Webinars and online round table learning sessions are being explored. Everyone will be updated as more information becomes available.
  • Clubs at their option can now send  copies of  their results including their Secretary Report in PDF format via email to:  performanceresults@akc.org. Clubs will then be contacted to confirm receipt and handle their event service fees by phone.
  • Information regarding the government stimulus package, referred to as the Federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act has been posted to the Government Relations webpage.

The  AKC  Performance Events Department  wants to assist clubs as much as possible during these unprecedented times. Please feel free to reach Performance Events  at  919-816-3908 or  performanceevents@akc.org  for any questions you may have.  We hope you and your club members stay well and keep safe.


How many times have you seen your dog bolting outside, running as fast as he can after a squirrel or a windswept plastic bag or paper cup? He’s going after his “prey” of course, and he’s doing exactly what sighthounds are supposed to do. They’re born and bred to chase their prey! Their natural inclination to hunt by sight, not smell, is literally in their DNA.

So how do you satisfy your dog’s high-energy, inner instincts? AKC Lure Coursing may be the perfect answer! It’s an exciting way for him to do what comes naturally, but in a safe, controlled environment. In this event, dogs chase a mechanized, white plastic lure around a 600+ yard course that simulates the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Zig-zagging across a big, open field is simply heaven for these dogs! At the same time, it helps improve their focus, agility and sportsmanship.

Until you’ve actually seen it in action, it’s hard to imagine the complete and utter joy on your dog’s face as he runs the course, following the lure from start to finish. So if you’ve been looking for an activity that takes full advantage of your hound’s energy and natural ability, look no further than AKC Lure Coursing.

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