Lure Coursing is an artificial simulation of the way a hare might run in the open field, with the course pattern being irregular and varied with every meet. The lure is strips of plastic bags tied to a nylon cord which is pulled around on pulleys by a battery-operated motor.
A normal course is between 650 metres to 800 or 900 metres long.
The objective is to test a dog’s ability to course without showing signs of undue stress or lack of fitness. Coursing places a considerable amount of load on many aspects of a dog’s physical structure and temperament characteristics. The sport is a test as to the physical capabilities of the dog.
Golden Retrievers are able, along with other ANKC member body registered dogs, to participate in Coursing Ability Tests and earn the titles of Junior Courser, Coursing Ability, Coursing Ability Advanced and Coursing Ability Excellent.
See the ANKC Rules for Lure Coursing.