Performance Canine Association (PCA)


As a sanctioning and governing organization for canine sporting events, Performance Canine Association (PCA) provides a safe and structured environment for lure coursing. All dogs are welcome to participate in our programs, from complete beginners to those in pursuit of a national title.

We are, first and foremost, dog lovers. Over the years, we’ve enjoyed seeing our own dogs train for and win various competitive events. We are experienced judges, trainers and handlers, with expertise ranging from AKC to ASFA. We recognize the need for for all dogs and owners to have the chance to enjoy the thrill of lure coursing and sprint racing.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT
Beginning Sunday June 21 and until further notice, lure coursing and box racing PRACTICES at Bucks Mill Recreation Center will begin at 8 AM and end at 11 AM. No dogs will be run after 11 AM. The high temperatures expected in the coming months make it necessary to run our pets at the earlier times for their safety and well being.   See you at practice!

2015 Practices and Coursing Ability Tests

What a great way to start the 2015 lure coursing season! On March 29, 30 dogs (many of them new to coursing) had a fun time running the course and making their handlers proud.  And that’s just the start.  Coursing practices and AKC sanctioned Coursing Ability Tests (CATs) will be held all season long.   On May 23 and 24, a huge event featuring the Colts Neck Pet Fair and an AKC CAT with the Staten Island Kennel Club will be held at the Bucks Mill Park venue.   Everyone is cordially invited to have a great time at this event.  

Hope to see you there and at many practices and CATs.

 

ALL BREEDS/MIXED BREEDS

Are you thinking “out of the box”?  We are!

Sprint Track Racing (also known as Box Racing) is coming to PCA.  Normally reserved for sighthounds, the PCA events will be for all breeds and mixed breed dogs.  Dogs will be started out of a state-of-the-art starting box and chase a lure down a straight course 200 yards long.  Up to six dogs of similar size and/or ability will be started together for an exciting race to the finish line.

In the beginning, sprint racing will be done on a practice basis.  However, the ultimate aim is to hold racing programs in which dogs will be awarded points and ribbons in competitive races.  These racing programs are exciting to watch and a great time for the dogs.

For an overview of Sprint Track Racing, please see the video at the link below.

http://www.ablsa.org/

We invite you to participate in this adrenaline pumping activity.  Please check this website for details about dates and times for Sprint Track Racing.

 

Sprint and Lure Coursing Training and Practice Sessions

You are invited to participate in sprint and lure coursing training and practice sessions conducted in the Upper Field at the Bucks Mill Recreation Area  in Colts Neck, NJ   (check our Events Calendar for dates and times). It doesn’t matter if your dog is a mixed breed or purebred, an experienced racer or a complete novice — all are encouraged to attend.

By attending practices like this, your dog will be taught to chase a plastic bag (we don’t use real bunnies!) and will run alone until his skills are such that he can course against one or two other dogs. All dogs are held and released at the start line by hand (no starting gates).

Even though these open practices are entry level, it’s a great way to keep your dog fit. Dogs who run the course get a good workout. It’s also a terrific opportunity for dog athletes training in other sports. It’s a proven fact that cross- training is highly recommended for peak performance.

So come join the FUN!  We look forward to meeting you and your pups.

Membership and Fees

Yearly PCA membership is $20.00 per dog. At PCA practices, members get 2 runs for $10.00. Each additional run is $7.00. Non PCA members pay $10.00 per run.  For more information about the Performance Canine Association, email info@pawpalspca.org or visit us on Facebook. To register your dog for PCA competitions, email us or call Michael Stoble at 609-903-9892.

Run for Fun!