Originally Posted by frostfell
for the AKC and UKC events, does the dog need to have an ILP/PAL / full registration? its not possible for my dog to have either, and Id rather not wait til shes retired and spayed and 7 before doing coursing :/
The dog does need an AKC number to participate. Without it, you can only do fun runs sponsored by local clubs, etc. Some places are starting to offer lure coursing more regularly for any and all dogs, however, there are no titles involved.
For what it's worth, I didn't start coursing with my older dog until he was 7 and he has better times than my youngest dog. So it's still totally do-able for the older crowd