My Worst Nightmare. . .


. . .turned out to be a dream come true.

Today was the first day of lure coursing for the year. Unlike last year when we had a rainy spring that delayed the start of coursing until May, this year’s weather has been outstanding and allowed us to get started early.

I was looking forward to coursing again this year and so was Risa. She absolutely loves running more than anything! I only signed her up for two runs today since it was early in the season and I wanted to ease her into it. I also have noticed that she’s been a bit stiff in the knees lately and I didn’t want her to overdo it.

She got to use her Christmas present from me finally; a sighthound quick-release collar made for lure coursing. As she raced away from me after the plastic bag bunny, I was filled with joy. She was so so happy.

About halfway through her first run, she was joined by another dog. One of the dogs had gotten away from his handler and decided to chase the bunny with Risa. My heart should have been in my throat but it wasn’t. In fact, I felt nothing. After all, there was nothing that could be done. Risa was over 100 yards away from me. It was out of my hands. But I wasn’t really concerned. Risa was off leash in a huge, open field and I knew she was more comfortable when she wasn’t contained. I didn’t think anything bad would happen. I was right. The other dog never tried to engage Risa, which I think helped prevent any issues. The two dogs simply chased the lure until it stopped. Then they spent a bit of time just running alongside each other before they both came over to grab one of the plastic bags. This is the only time I got a bit concerned. Risa is a resource guarder when it comes to other dogs. If she was going to do anything, it was going to happen then. Fortunately, both dogs simply pulled on their own bags and paid each other no mind at all. The other dog’s owner grabbed her dog and I grabbed Risa and told her how amazing she was. I couldn’t believe everything played out so well!

About Jamie

I'm just a traditionally-trained artist with interests in dog training. I currently teach classes at the local obedience training club (tricks, freestyle, and Rally-FrEe) and I also teach classes professionally for an organization who helps veterans train their own service dogs.
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