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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-26-2019, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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First FAST CAT event

The local kennel club organized a AKC FAST CAT (Coursing Ability Test) event, basically in our back yard so I decided to see what it entailed. It is a short version of lure coursing but for individual all breed/mutts dogs by AKC. After observing this without Deja, I decided to enter her on Sunday. After coursing and racing my Whippets in the past I never thought anything of it with a GSD. Oh boy, was I wrong! She loved it (and so did I of course) after she initially "asked" me twice if I was coming too when the lure started but after encouraging her "Yes, go!" she went. The next run, she never had to think twice and took off right away. The potential problem is that she grabs the lure at the finish line, rolls over several times. tangling herself into a burrito. Luckily no injuries. No clue how to train her not to do that. The only thing I can come with is to have someone else release her while I wait at the finish line for her. Otherwise I don't think I will enter her again to prevent injuries.
After the second run her ears pointed sideways (signaling that she was tired) and she just watched calmly all the craziness (people and dogs alike) around her.
Very enjoyable to see all the sight hound people again. And...somebody had the "audacity" to bring a 12 week old Whippet pup, that happened to be a lookalike of my heart/teacher dog
It's now wait-and-see what it has done to her being cured of chasing wildlife. I guess she can differentiate between chasing a dumb plastic bag and a real animal.
I do know the opposite: a Borzoi who would not chase a plastic bag after having experienced the joy of Open Field Coursing (catching wild hare).
As I am writing this up, Miss Working Line is sound asleep, with her paws still running. My, how much I love that dog.
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That sounds fun!!! That is funny her "asking" if you wanted to run along too! Lol!
I'd wonder that too if it would bring on the chase effect for wildlife, bicycles, etc?
It will be interesting to see what others have to say! Maybe throw in some herding "manners" with it somehow?
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Gussy goes nuts about Fast CATs. One of her favorite things to do. We got Mishka into it this year, but she's not as fast as Gussy yet. Not even close.

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Not sure about AKC, but in CKC, dogs can wear racing muzzles.


My own club just held our first Sprinter (CKC version of FCAT). It was a heck of a fun weekend for everyone. We just applied to do a second one.
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Not sure about AKC, but in CKC, dogs can wear racing muzzles.


My own club just held our first Sprinter (CKC version of FCAT). It was a heck of a fun weekend for everyone. We just applied to do a second one.
In AKC, they can too. At least in lure coursing with 3 hounds. My little bully Whippet had to wear one to put down her ego a bit.
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My two have only done the lure coursing during fund raisers at dog / pet festivals. Once they figured out the game they loved it. I've not ever tried to do it with at an official trail. What is the procedure?

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My two have only done the lure coursing during fund raisers at dog / pet festivals. Once they figured out the game they loved it. I've not ever tried to do it with at an official trail. What is the procedure?
https://www.akc.org/press-releases/fast-cat/
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