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What is Jack Russell Hurdle Racing
Jack Russell dogs have compact, resilient bodies, allowing them to maneuver expertly through underground dens. They also maintain the agility and endurance to run beside fox hunters, making racing a fun and natural game. Only Jack Russell dogs compete in the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge (PIDC) hurdle races.
Video of Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals 2015
What equipment do I need?
Depending on where you will be racing, the equipment you will need to get started includes:
- Race course
- Starter box
- Lure pull
- Racing collars
How do I train my dog?
Conventional training starts with actually running your terrier in a real race. You can begin race training your terrier in your back yard. The purpose is to prepare your dog for chasing a lure so that when he runs in a genuine race, he will know what you expect of him. Some approaches include:
- Attracting your terrier by teasing him with the fur
- Running away from your terrier with the lure trailing you
- Allowing your terrier to catch the fur
How old should my dog be before I start training?
Begin racing your terrier at a young age, preferably around four months old. However, make sure he does not jump over high hurdles because his joints are still forming.
What competitions exist?
Canine contenders view for top-dog status in Olympic-style events at the Incredible Dog Challenge, including Jack Russell hurdle racing and agility courses.
Are there clubs or organizations?
- Dogwood Jack Russell Terrier Club
- Jack Russell Terrier club of America (JRTCA)
- Paws in the Park
- United Kennel Club Terrier Racing (UKC)
- Tricky Tykes Terriers (TTT)
How do I get started?
Jack Russell dogs are hunting dogs, and they also love chasing small animals and running. Their highly intelligent and competitive nature makes training for hurdle racing a straightforward and simple process. For help getting started, contact a local club or organization near you.
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