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Peoples Thoughts On Racing/coursing

Discussion in 'Dog Sports' started by liverpoolmitch, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. liverpoolmitch

    liverpoolmitch New Member Registered

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    Now that this years racing season is drawing to a close, how many people course their dogs during the winter months until next seasons racing? The reason Im asking, I have a young dog who who has recently completed his trials and now races at club level and quite pleased with his progress, I was thinking of doing some coursing with him but have been told that this could hinder his behaviour and progress when he returns to racing.

    What are if any the pro-cons could it spoil my dog in the future.

    Being new to Whippets I would appreciate what are peoples thoughts and experience on this matter.
     
  2. The Bruvs

    The Bruvs New Member Registered

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    I think you should stick to racing, how old is your dog, You can keep your dog racing through the winter months there is a club near wigan that has a beautiful track if it's not to far for you to travel. Good Luck
     
  3. bertha

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    My dog does both with no problem, depends what you want to do next year.
     
  4. liverpoolmitch

    liverpoolmitch New Member Registered

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    My dog is 13 months old, past his trialing at 12 months at the Norhtern, what club you talking about in Wigan?

    Both parents race bred but good coursing dogs, sire did really well pre ban .So curious to find out what my dog is best at.

    But as already stated dont wont to hinder his racing progress so counting on other peoples experience.
     
  5. Mark Roberts

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    it all depends on how serious you are going to take racing, if your realy serious and want to get the best out of your dog at racing then stick to just racing it if on the other hand your more interested in working it and racings just a sunday afternoon out and not that serious then get the most out of your dog in a way that you enjoy the most.

    good luck what ever you decide.
     
  6. June Jonigk

    June Jonigk Active Member Registered

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    Generally the slower racing dogs are better at coursing, so if you have a fast dog and you like racing, then stick to racing. If however, your dog isn't outstanding at racing, then you could enjoy both. Most serious racing people wouldn't course their dogs for fear of injuries which would keep them off the track. The faster dogs are more likely to get injured too, as they would take the twists and turns at a faster pace.

    You must do what you enjoy most. We started racing with show bred dogs, and they could have coursed brilliantly I'm sure, but they weren't outstanding at racing. If we had known then where coursing was held, we might well have given them a go at it. So, it's hourses for courses as they say.

    Whatever you decide, enjoy it - these dear dogs never fail to please us at one event or another :thumbsup:
     
  7. Louise_Simon

    Louise_Simon New Member Registered

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    my little show bred bitch has done both, as well as other activities, shes never going to set the race track alight but enjoys everything so why not, my race dog however just races, my baby dog well the jury is out on what he will do ;)
     
  8. Judy

    Judy New Member Registered

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    I think you've had some good advice here. If you are hooked on racing and have a good fast dog then stick to racing. Most clubs do have some racing over the winter. On the other hand if you just enjoy a bit of club racing then do both. As long as you and you're dog are enjoying yourselves, that's what's important. :D
     
  9. liverpoolmitch

    liverpoolmitch New Member Registered

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    Thanks all, Your right Judy some good advice given, At this point I have no way of knowing what his potential is at racing, being hes not long past his trialing and still maturing, although I have got to say I am pleased with his progress and enjoying the Whippie adventure. I am going to leave the coursing for the time being and concentrate on his racing an see how he develops in 2010.

    Thankyou all for helping me make up my mind. :cheers:
     
  10. June Jonigk

    June Jonigk Active Member Registered

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    Will look forward to meeting you sometime, be it at the Northern when we visit, or maybe an open. Good luck with your boy :luck:
     

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