Lure coursing: the sport that stimulates the hunting instinct of dogs – Vida de Bicho

Lure coursing involves an open field, controlled environment competition where dogs chase a controlled bait (Photo: Pixabay/ Yolanda Coervers/ CreativeCommons)

Have you ever heard of lure coursing? The sport is still not very common in Brazil, but it has a considerable number of fans in the United States and in some European countries.

According to canine behavior expert Luisa Piresfounder of a dog education center, lure coursing involves an open field, controlled environment competition where dogs chase a mechanically controlled bait.

“Usually, two to three dogs compete at a time and more than one prey so that there is no problem between the animals. If the dog shows aggression, the tutor is advised to put a muzzle on his animal”, explains Luisa.

Can everyone practice?

Until recently, lure coursing was only allowed for purebred dogs. Today, however, it is allowed for any dog ​​as long as authorized by the veterinarian accompanying the animal.

Luisa, however, believes that the sport can cause behavioral problems in some animals, reinforcing aggressiveness and obsessiveness in dogs that already have such characteristics.

“This sport is aimed at dogs that have their hunting instincts refined. Those who like to catch balls, for example. Before starting the practice, it is important to assess whether the dog likes this type of play: ‘Are you the one who wants your dog to do a sport like this or does he really like it?'”, provokes the expert.

She also alerts to the possibility of sport triggering some unwanted behaviors, “such as making the dog more aggressive or “addicted” – glazed without blinking with a ball, for example.

Another point that deserves attention is the physical condition of the animal. “Brachycephalic dogs, with a flattened nose, tend not to have as much resistance”, says the behavior specialist, who emphasizes that she would only recommend the sport for dogs with a balanced routine at home.

Swimming helps pets expend energy with less impact on joints and ligaments (Photo: Piabay / Iannnnn / CreativeCommons)

Swimming is a good sport option for pets, as it helps them spend energy with less impact on joints and ligaments (Photo: Pixabay/ Iannnnn/ CreativeCommons)

Physical exercise

Just like for humans, the practice of exercises is also important for the well-being of pets, who warns the veterinarian Aldo Macellaro Jrowner of a dog farm hotel.

“The practice brings benefits for the maintenance of cardiopulmonary health, strengthening the locomotor structure, in addition to contributing to the release of endorphins”, he says.

Aldo, however, remembers that a consultation with the veterinarian is necessary to find out which practice is the most suitable for the animal. “Generally, an outdoor walk in a safe, fenced place is important so that the dog can run at its own pace,” he recommends.

“Another sport is swimming, excellent therapy for the part of locomotion without impact, very suitable for heavy dogs and with joint problems. It promotes fantastic caloric expenditure, is recreational, playful. Agility is also interesting, as it combines obedience and activity physical, in addition to being very suitable for mental stimulation”, he adds.

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