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Q: What is a Coursing Ability Test (CAT)?

The Coursing Ability Test (CAT) is an introductory event fashioned after the sport of lure coursing. Lure coursing is a system of mechanized lures and pulleys that simulate the unpredictability of chasing live prey. The CAT tests a dog’s basic coursing instinct or hunting-by-sight ability. The dog chases an artificial lure, and the test is a non-competitive pass/fail event with dogs run one at a time. To pass the test, a dog running alone must pursue a lure, completing the course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a given time. Most dogs will happily go after the lure! The CAT provides a lively and healthy activity attractive to many dog owners.

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