Lure Courser Care Tips - water

Published On: 07-28-2013 11:07pm

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Those folks who are new to lure coursing could benefit from some of the following tips concerning care for your courser.  These are tried and true!
   Water is the single most important item on your list, both for you and your courser.  If you save some of the heavier bottled water containers such as the ones dispensed from machines, clean and fill as many as you think you will need.  I usually figure 4 for a 30 pound dog.  Hard freeze them.  These make wonderful portable ice packs and coolers.  I use to stick them in the crates or in towel jackets for the dog to lay on.  Once thawed, you've got water.  It's always a good idea to have a cooler full of ice for your needs as well as the dog's.  I take a couple of gallons of reverse osmosis water or distilled if you travel alot.  Changing water can reek havoc on your dog's (as well as your own!) digestive system.  Water prepared by either method above is pure.  Dogs, after a hard run, should be given cool but not cold water as it could cause cramps.  Don't allow the dog to gorge fluid as over watering can cause bloating.
    Some hounds enjoy Pedialite and Gatoraid punch flavor.  Great stuff for replacing electrolytes.
    I also take a dishpan with me to fill with water to cool my dogs.  Dogs respire through their feet more than their body, so placing their feet in cool water will help to lower their body temperature more so then covering them with soaked towels.  Greyhounds and other large, deep chested sighthounds have to be cool walked, much like a Thoroughbred horse.  Cool walking any dog can be beneficial as it can lessen muscle cramping.  So, if the dog is still panting, keep walking, no matter how slow!  Offer a sip of water every now and then as their mouth is going to be pretty dry.  Portable water bowels are great for this.
    So, when you think about it - running full out for at least 550 yards is enough to tire anyone!  We have to consider the tremendous amount of energy our courser expends and how hot internally and externally they can become.  It's our responsibility to monitor their health and provide fluids.

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