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.