Little help (or hindrance) from her friends?
My lurcher is ready to start lamping. Should I run her with my friend’s dog so she can see what to do?
JACKIE DRAKEFORD replies: No, absolutely not. If you keep her on the slip you risk her getting frustrated and making a noise, and if you run her at the same time as the other dog, collisions and subsequent injury are all too possible. If one catches, the other dog may try to take the rabbit, which can ruin its retrieve very quickly.
Assuming her recall and retrieve is sound, take her on her own and just give her a couple of runs. Some people teach their lurcher to run down the beam and pick up a dummy before they go out after rabbits, but if yours isn’t keen on dummies, take her straight out on real quarry. She’ll soon catch on.