Our 'Sports Page' attempts to describe all the organized dog sports and activities that are available . Some of these sports are not yet offered by TMDTC. We are currently looking into expanding our sports offerings. Our 'Links' page will have links to more information about many of these sports.
Obedience - Competition
Our Open Utility Obedience class is for those who wish to prepare to compete in formal Obedience. Each level of obedience competition - Novice, Open, and Utility, requires mastering a specific skill set, which increase in difficulty, before advancing to the next level.
Obedience Utility is the highest level of competitive Obedience.
Coursing - Louring
Lure coursing is a system of mechanized lures and pulleys that simulate the unpredictability of chasing live prey.
Dogs of eligible breeds—sighthounds—are evaluated for follow, speed, agility, endurance, and overall ability as they pursue an artificial lure zigzagging across an open field.
The purpose of non-competitive lure coursing tests is to offer sighthound breed owners a standardized gauge to measure their hounds' coursing instinct. The purpose of the competitive lure coursing trial program is to preserve and develop the coursing skills inherent in the sighthounds and to demonstrate that they can perform the functions for which they were originally bred.
Although lure coursing events are artificial simulations of coursing, they are designed to measure and develop the characteristics of the sighthound breeds.
Lure coursing tests and trials are sports and all participants must be guided by the principles of good sportsmanship both on and off the test and trial fields.
Sighthounds are a special group of hounds that are bred to hunt by sight. The sighthound breeds are: Whippets, Basenjis, Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Afghan Hounds, Borzois, Ibizan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Deerhounds, Salukis and Rhodesian Ridgebacks.