Although designed specifically with hunting dogs or sight hounds in mind, it seems some of our German Shepherd Dogs have an aptitude for the sport. The dog must take and pass the Coursing Ability Test (CAT), an introductory event fashioned after the sport of lure coursing. It tests a dog’s basic coursing instinct or hunting-by-sight ability. The dogs run alone in a large open area chasing a white plastic bag (lure) as if they were pursuing a small varmint. To pass, a dog must complete the course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a given time. Most of our GSDs happily go after the lure!
Dogs will earn “legs” towards various coursing titles. Three passes = Coursing Ability (CA); Ten total passes = Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA); Twenty five total passes = Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX); fifty total passes = CAX2; a higher numbered title will be awarded for every additional twenty five passes.
Recently a few of our GSDs participated in their first lure coursing events and without a doubt passed with flying colors!