First let's address the question of "What is Lure Coursing", and then we can talk about what a lure coursing slip lead is and why you would need one.
Lure coursing is a sport for dogs that involves chasing a mechanically operated lure that simulates the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Competition is typically limited to purebred sighthound breeds, although there is an AKC pass/fail trial for all breeds which is called Coursing Ability Test (CAT). Lure coursing takes place in the U.S. as well as in Canada and Europe. You can usually find a lure coursing event in your area by contacting a local sighthound breed club or a local all breed lure coursing club.
As with any type of canine competition, it is important to use the right equipment on your dog. A slip lead is a quick-release leash, which is designed to easily slip away from your dog's neck when the dog is to be released for the chase. Here are the basics of a lure coursing slip lead.
1) It should have a wide collar, which is made of very durable trim or leather and is padded with a super soft thick chap leather.
2) Securely fastened D-rings or O-rings at both ends of the collar. These rings are for the leash to go through for the quick release.
3) Leash, usually 4 feet long, is made of latigo leather and one end is securely attached to the collar at the point of one of the D-rings. A padded handle at the end of leash is an added bonus to protect your hands. Using leather instead of nylon for the lead eliminates painful "nylon burn" to the hands, and is much easier to grip. You can also opt for a "quick-release lockjaw snap," which is triggered by your thumb, and perfect dogs who are particularly enthusiastic at the line.
If you have not tried lure coursing with your dog, it is a must! Not all dogs will "chase the bunny", but when they do, it is a sight to behold. At a lure coursing event, you will meet a lot of great people and more often than not, everyone there is very eager to help a "newbie" with getting a dog to the line and getting the leash on correctly.
No longer is coursing just for sighthounds, but you need to make sure the CAT is offered at the event you are planning to attend if you don't own a purebred sighthound. For more information on lure coursing and eligibility, go directly to the AKC website.
This is an event that is really fun and exciting and a great activity to do with your dog. As with any strenuous activity, make sure your dog is in good physical shape and free from any injuries. Visit our store where you can design a high quality and well made lure coursing slip lead - you and your dog will be ready for the chase.