K-9 Obedience Training Club of Essex County, NJ

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Coursing Ability Test (CAT) Trial November 16 & 17, 2013

K-9 Obedience Training Club of Essex County, NJ will hold it's second All-Breed and Mixed Breed AKC Coursing Ability Test (CAT) Trial on November 16 and 17, 2013. There will be two Trials on Saturday, November 16 with a 75 dog limit on each. On Sunday, November 17 there will be one Trial with no limit.

Coursing ability tests are an opportunity to test your dog's instinct to chase a lure over a 300 or 600 yard course.  The course length is determined by your dog's height and type.  the lure is a plastic bag attached to a line run through pulleys through a course laid out on a large field.  Your dog will love it and, best of all, will be very tired at the end of the day.  Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog.   

Entries and Fees

The entry fee is $23.  Method of entry is Pre-Entry only.  Pre-Entries close on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at noon.  The Premium and Entry Form can be downloaded here.


Saturday and Sunday - Eric C. Watson

Bucks Mill Recreation Area
1 Bucks Mill Road
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
What is the purpose of the Coursing Ability Test (CAT)?

The purpose of the AKC Coursing Ability Test is to provide all dogs and their owners an enjoyable, healthy activity in which they can participate. Dogs run singularly and are required to complete their course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a maximum amount of time. This is a pass/fail event. Based on the sport of lure coursing, Coursing Ability Tests will serve as an introduction to the sport for all eligible dog owners.

Can my dog earn an AKC title for Coursing Ability?

Three titles will be awarded for dogs that pass the Coursing Ability Test the required number of times. These are suffix titles that will appear on a dog’s pedigree with a higher level title superseding a lower level title.

Coursing Ability (CA) – Awarded to a dog that passes the Coursing Ability Test three times under at least two different judges.
Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA) – Dog passes the Coursing Ability Test ten times.
Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX) – Dog passes the Coursing Ability Test 25 times.
Coursing Ability Excellent 2 (CAX2) – Dog passes the Coursing Ability Test 50 times. A higher numbered title will be awarded for every additional 25 passes.

Who is eligible to enter the Coursing Ability Test (CAT)?

Coursing Ability Tests are open to all dogs at least (12) months of age that are either 1) individually registered with the AKC, 2) recorded in the Foundation Stock Service (FSS) program, 3) individually registered with a foreign or domestic registry organization whose pedigrees are acceptable for AKC registration, 4) dogs granted a Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) number, 5) dogs with AKC Limited or Conditional Registration, or 6) dogs enrolled in the AKC Canine Partners program. A dog may enter only once per test. Females in season may not enter.

How do I enter my dog in the Test?

To enter your dog in the Coursing Ability Test , you must complete an official AKC entry form for each dog forward it with full payment of entry fees to the Test Secretary by the established entry deadline listed in this premium. Please know that the Test Secretary MUST decline any late, incomplete, unsigned, unpaid or conditional entries. This is to say that each entry must be completed in full and the information given on the form must be that which applies to that entered hound. Moreover, the owner or agent duly authorized to make the entry MUST sign the entry form(s) and submit full payment of entry fees for the entry to be accepted.

Where can I get more information?

Complete information can be found in the Premium and Entry Form, which can be downloaded here