UK Dog Racing


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Dog Racing Frequently Asked Questions

How often does a dog race?
On average, dogs race once every 4 days.

What do the dogs chase?
Dogs chase a mechanical lure. The lure is usually a stuffed rabbit attached to a bar that travels around the track. The mechanical lure makes a noise as it circles the track and the dogs chase the lure by sight and by sound.

Why do dogs wear muzzles?
Dogs wear muzzles while racing to protect the them from injury. The muzzles prevent them from fighting during the race. Muzzles also help in identifying the winner of close photo-finish races.

What happens to the dogs when they retire?
Most dogs are adopted as pets after they retire from racing. Others are used for breeding and some are euthanized.

Is racing natural for dogs?
Dogs are instinctively competitive. When racing there is no stimulus other than the mechanical lure to make the dogs run. The animal's natural instinct when the starting box opens is to chase the lure, and try to reach it first, dogs love to run.

How old are dogs when they begin racing?
Most dogs begin racing at a year and a half, and continue until four years old. Some will race beyond their fifth birthday.

Is racing safe?
Yes. If a dog is injured the track has a Vet and is equipped to attend to the animal straight away. Prevention of injury is a top priority and the industry has funded extensive research into methods for ensuring the safety of racing dogs while they are competing

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