If your dog likes to run, AKC’s new titling event, Coursing Ability (CA), may be the sport to enter. In this event, modeled after Lure Coursing, a dog chases strips of plastic attached to a pulley system. The dog must complete the course “with enthusiasm and without interruption” within a specified amount of time. It is open to all dogs that are at least a year old and are individually registered with the AKC. The test is pass-fail.
The course is basically rectangular in shape with turns not more acute than 90 degrees. For dogs under 12 inches at the withers and those that are flat-faced, the course is about 300 yards, which they must complete in 1 ½ minutes. Dogs larger than 12 inches at the withers must complete a 600-yard course in 2 minutes
To earn the CA title, a dog must earn three passing grades. The CAA (Coursing Ability Advanced) title is awarded to dogs that attained 10 passes; CAX (Coursing Ability Excellent), 25 passes; CAX2, 50 passes; a higher numbered title will be awarded for every additional 25 passes.