Drag Lure is just like Lure Coursing is, a form of simulated hare hunting where the dog chases a “cloth”, it is a fun way to activate dogs that like to run or hunt. The difference between the two forms is that at Lure Coursing, the rope with the cloth at one end is laid out around 10-15 spinning wheels in the ground on an open field so that the “hare” make turnes in different directions just as a real hare would do, while at Drag Lure the cloth drags in a rope straight ahead on a race track.
There is also a mechanical “hare” on the race track that runs on a rail around the inside of the track, then the dogs run longer distance including curves. In order to run for the mechanical hare, the dog must have turned 12 months.
Another difference is that the dogs in Drag Lure do not have to wear a muzzle, which is a requirement at Lure Coursing.
How do I start with Drag Lure?
Start playing and fighting with cloth when the dog is a puppy. When it is a little older you can start with Drag Lure.
Can I run both Drag Lure and Lure Coursing?
Yes you can. Drag Lure are also great to start with if you are interested in Lure Coursing, among other things because in the Drag Lure on a track, it is a little easier to build up the dog’s interest in chasing the cloth. Once they have gained interest, it is usually a little easier with both a muzzle and to run on the LC field, because the dog has already learned to focus on the cloth.
How does it works?
At the startpoint, a person stands with the dog and release it as soon as the cloth has started moving. The dog does not have a collar or harness when it is released. At the end of the track, then another person stands, it usually works best with the owners, who meet the dog.
A dog that has been in training and is used to, can also start in a box, which means the dog goes into a box whose hatch opens when the cloth starts running.
Where can I train / run Drag Lure?
There are a number of racing companies with courses around in Sweden. You can find a list at http://www.hundkappstockholm.se/Lankar and contact the respective course to inquire about beginner training, training times etc.
What equipment is needed for Drag Lure?
For Drag Lure no special equipment is needed except that you have two necklaces / harnesses / leashes, one for the peron that releases the dog, and one for the person that catches the dog at the end of the track.
What else do I need to think about?
The dog needs to be in good shape, ie healthy, injury free and have a good basic condition. It must have valid vaccinations in accordance with SKK’s current rules for training / competition. It is also important to warm up the dog before training, as well as calm down it after running, to minimize the risk of stretching and injury.
A fun day with speed for podengo friends
Our goal is to rent the Greyhound Park course in Åkersberga exclusively for Podengo friends once a year. Eva Mittler, kennel Picdebest, was the one who first came up with the idea, booked the course and then arranges Podengo Friends Drag Lure Day together with us. At the time of writing, we have just completed our second day for podengos.
The first time was September 2019 and then we were about 20 four-legged and 30 or so two-legged who had a fast and fun day together at Greyhound Park. In August 2021, we repeated the success and then 26 dogs and about 40 owners participated. It’s wonderful to see how fun the dogs really think it’s to run after the rag, or to its mum or dad, even though most of them had never tried drag lure before. Sure, some dogs might be hesitant, and needed to come back to check that their mum/dad was still there, some dog would rather mingle with the audience, and some dog thought the track was too short and took a longer ride at the course, but what does it do such fun days.
All participants have received superb help from the course’s staff Katja with colleagues from Stockholm’s Dog Racing Society, who are responsible for the course.
Our Drag Lure days have included a lunch together, lottery with nice prizes, sale of dog things etc. All money from the lottery sales we have donated to Hundstallet, a shelter for abandoned dogs.
There were several races for everyone who wanted, before we ended the days with a glass of bubble and handing over small goodie bags to all talented participants. In short, very successful days in wonderful company, many nice conversations and happy podengos (plus some dog siblings of another breed)!
A small photo gallery from the Drag Lure day
Below is a small selection of photos taken by Sara Schoultz, Sophie Roivas, Vanessa Fristedt och Podengo Friends.