On Saturday, we had to choose between lure coursing or dock diving. Lure coursing was closer and cheaper, so it won. A number of my flyball friends came down to practice as well, which was fun. I like my lure coursing friends, of course, but I love seeing people get their dogs involved in something new, and I like visiting with my flyball people outside of flyball.
One of my friends was even awesome enough to release my dogs for me, so I could stand off to the side and get some pictures of them.
|Digging in right after being released, trying to get up to speed|
This particular practice we use a reversing lure. The dog runs straight out away from the handler, then the lure reverses and they run straight back to the handler again.
|In full flight headed away after the lure|
|My little cannonball of muscle|
This method makes it easy to catch the dogs at the end of their run. Reversing the lure also helps correct dogs who "cheat" by running far off to the side of the lure or who anticipate and cut corners. The lure gets reversed as soon as the dog veers away from it, drawing them back and forcing them to run more honestly.
|On her way back, head a bit farther up as the lure slows down at the end|
|Bounding to the stationary lure at the end of the course|
|Caught the bunny.|
At our practices, each dog gets to run twice, with a nice long break in between to cool off between runs. Using the reversing lure makes the practices run really quickly as well, since there is no need to spend time resetting the lure by hand like we have to when using a drag lure.
|Pallo's most graceful coursing shot. He isn't super graceful when running, but is very powerful and absurdly fast for his short little legs.|
The first run with each of my dogs, I released them myself, then crouched down to get some photos of them heading away and heading back to me. That's how I got the photo from yesterday's BW Sunday post of Pallo in full flight headed away from me.
|Here is the headed away shot in color|
|But he returned with the same enthusiasm he left with|
|Koira headed straight back to me as well|
Has anyone else been ramping up their summer activities? Do you keep having to choose what kind of awesome adventure will come each day?