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Old 09-24-2012, 01:56 PM
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I'm taking my Laekenois to a CAT on Saturday in Charlotte, NC. Do you think it will make him a better rabbit hunter? I don't think I want that. Right now he sees the rabbit, and then tries to scent it's location. Of course, that doesn't work.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:59 PM
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With my Ibizan coursing had heightened her prey drive alot, for her breed this is not really a bad thing. However she is a breed that has high prey drive and are naturally good hunters, so it may be different for other breeds.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:42 PM
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Dog's don't generalize very easily. Think about training a basic behavior. The dog may have mastered "sit" in your living room, but it will still take a lot of effort to effectively train a "sit" in the backyard or out in public. More complex behaviors like agility have to be practiced in dozens of different locations before the dog realizes it's the same activity in a different spot. I don't see why coursing would be any different, although in coursing there's nothing to train, really--the dog just follows its instinct.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:11 PM
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I just heard that a special collar is required. It looks confusing. Can I use a rope with a loop?
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:28 PM
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It might help, it might not.

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I don't see why coursing would be any different, although in coursing there's nothing to train, really--the dog just follows its instinct.
There are plenty of dogs who can play go to ground in the safety of a trial, but in the real world can't or will not go after real prey. You could get a better hunter from playing the game, especially as Cali points out you do it in varying situations, or you could end up with a dog that gets the game and still won't hunt.
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