coursing can also be described as a
fast-paced chase sport. Dogs run after a "bunny"
lure (usually a white plastic bag) that is
attached to a line. They run in an open field and
run as fast or slow as they want.
This is something I have been taking Mila to and
she LOVES it!! Basically it gets her need to run
and hunt out and she has a great time doing
something pretty simple.
We were first introduced into this at a Wag for Wishesevent.
In case you are interested the group here in San
Diego that hosts these events is Luratics. I am not in any way
affiliated with this group.
purpose of Earthdog tests is to offer breeders
and owners of small Terriers and Dachshunds a
standardized gauge to measure their dogs
natural and trained hunting and working
abilities when exposed to a hunting situation.
The program begins with a basic introduction
to den work and quarry and progresses through
gradual steps to require the dog to
demonstrate that it is capable of being
trained to follow game to ground and work its
quarry (adult rats). Note
that the quarry is always protected from
being harmed by the dog.
is held in conjunction with earthdog events and
terrier fun days, using various rules, and as
something to enjoy with no pressure on handler or
dog. But it has never been a sanctioned sport. Barn
Hunt Association is in the creation stage of taking
those various fun barn hunts, honoring the
traditional role of “ratcatchers” in ridding barns
of vermin, and opening it up to any dog, of (almost)
any size, type or breed.
will be judged using the following
categories of hunting ability: (1) ability
to find game, (2) use of voice, (3) line
ability, (4) adaptability, (5) determination
each on a scale of 1 to 10; (6) gun shyness
is judged on a pass/fail basis. In order to
pass this test a hound must score at least 5
on each of the 5 categories and an average
of 6 for all categories when all judge’s
scores are tallied. Stakes offered: Solo,
Brace and 2-coupled Pack. Brace and Pack
entries must be composed of hounds from the
is not to be confused with Field
Trials where the dachshunds compete
against each other and is only open to
full AKC dachshunds.