Lurchers are intelligent dogs. They are fast learners with a natural willingness to learn and to please. Importantly, you and your family are the only ones who can ever teach your Lurcher what is acceptable behaviour and what is not. A Lurcher puppy does not know and will never know if you do not teach it. And don’t think that training can wait until it is older. It can’t. Teaching your Lurcher right from wrong and good from bad has to begin from day one. Your Lurcher puppy will be much happier if it understands just what is expected of him.

The Lurcher reacts well to obedience training. In fact the Lurcher excels at all dogs sports, particularly lure coursing, dog racing, obedience trials and agility. In that regard they are one of the most intelligent and easily trainable of breeds. But training should be varied and interesting for your dog. Lurchers need to be mentally stimulated. Simply throwing a stick for your dog to fetch is not enough. Be creative when training your Lurcher. Lurchers have a tremendous capacity for learning. The more varied your training methods, the happier they will be.

If you need help with training your Lurcher, there are bound to be dog training classes in your area. There are also many excellent books available on the subject. One we can highly recommend is The Working Lurcher: The Traditional Skills by Jackie Drakeford.