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10 Are these events appropriate places for young children?




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This article is from the Lure Coursing FAQ, by Bonnie Dalzell with numerous contributions by others.

10 Are these events appropriate places for young children?

Not really, unless you bring along a person to tend to the young
children. If you are participating at a lure field trial you may be
there all day and unsupervised children can quickly become bored.
Almost all the people there are there to run their hounds. Many of the
hounds come from childless homes and are not socialized on children.

The trial sites are frequently on private property which lack play
facilities for children and may contain hazards to unsupervised
children. At least one coursing club that I know of is required by the
insurance company of the landowner of their trial site to ban children
under 12 from the trial site. This was the result of damages sustained
to a swimming pool by unsupervised children at a lure coursing trial.

It is especially important to be careful with very young children
around large powerful dogs. Don't wear your baby in one of those "on
the parent carriers" while trying to control an excited dog that is
powerful enough to pull or knock you over. Remember a 80 pound hound
running at 35 miles an hour packs a powerful punch should it run into
you or a child by accident.

 

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