Lure Coursing (Japanese: ルアーコーシング Lure Coursing) is a competition that replaces the Agility Trial in Nintendogs + Cats. The player has to spin the lure's reel clockwise on the Touch Screen so they can go as fast as they can while their dog tries to run and avoid obstacles.
In the competition, the player must keep track of their dog on the top screen by spinning the lure as they avoid obstacles along the way. However, if they go too fast, the dog will lose sight of the lure and slow down. If this happens, the player can turn the reel counterclockwise to send the lure back toward the puppy.
If their puppy catches the lure, pressing the button in the middle of the reel to honk or spinning the lure's reel clockwise helps get the puppy to let go.
In the Junior Cup, the track is simple. There are no obstacles and there are only turns. The player has to make sure their dog has been trained with enough speed before entering the competition. Training is not necessary, but could come in handy for improving speed and muscle strength.
Difficulty: 1/10 (Very Easy)
Prize: $100 (1st place) $50 (2nd place) $10 (3rd place)
In the Amateur Cup, the player is introduced to crosslanes, where they have to be careful with their timing and speed. The player's puppy may slow down if their puppy runs into another while crossing paths. Other than that, there is not too much difference between the Junior and Amateur Cup. Training is not required, but will come in handy for improving the dog's speed. This is the last level where the starter lures can be used.
Difficulty: 3/10 (Easy)
Prize: $200 (1st place) $100 (2nd place) $20 (3rd place)
In the Pro Cup, the player starts encountering hurdles, where they must pull the lure to the white area just beyond the hurdle, stop, and honk the lure's horn to get their puppy to jump over the hurdle. Once their puppy jumps, they must start reeling the lure again so their puppy does not catch it. The Pro Cup is the first level where the intermediate lures should be used, and the last level where the dog can get by without training at the gym.
Difficulty: 5/10 (Moderate)
Prize: $300 (1st place) $150 (2nd place) $30 (3rd place)
In the Master Cup, there are more path crossings, hurdles and turns. However, some hurdles are three poles taller rather than usual, making it more difficult for the player's puppy to make it over. Training is absolutely vital for the dog to get accustomed to the track. The Master Cup also increases the difficulty for opponents, and is the first level where a pro lure is necessary.
Difficulty: 8/10 (Difficult)
Prize: $400 (1st place) $200 (2nd place), $40 (3rd place)
In the Nintendogs Cup, there are many path crossings, hurdles and turns. If the player's puppy is not fast enough, one mistake could cost them first place. It goes without saying that intensive training is crucial for the puppy to win this course.
Difficulty: 10/10 (Extremely Difficult)
Prize: $500* (1st place) $250 (2nd place), $50 (3rd place)
*(The puppy also recieves the Victory Collar if this is their first time winning the Nintendogs Cup for Lure Coursing)
There are 5 different levels of lure quality; starting out in the Junior Cup and advancing to the Amateur, Pro, Master and Nintendogs Cups. These are the same as two other competitions as well. As the player advances through the lure coursing competitions, they may need to upgrade to a new lure every once in a while.
The starter lures include Red Lure, Blue Lure, Pink Lure, and Yellow Lure. The second level of quality (intermediate) includes the Banana Lure and the Steak Lure. The third level of quality is the Pro Lure which is also the highest quality lure.
It is recommended to upgrade the puppy's lure only when the puppy gets too fast for the previous one that the player is using. Give it time to build up to the faster lures, otherwise it will lose interest.
The player can practice for Lure Coursing at the Gym, which can be accessed by taking the Downtown route. It is recommended to practice there at least twice a day for no more than ten minutes per visit. The way the dog is cared can affect the dogs' performance. Tips:
- Always check hunger and thirst levels before a competition. If your dog is thirsty, give it some water or formula. If your dog is hungry, give it the appropriate food to maintain an Ideal weight. Using Premium Canned Food and Formula earn more Owner Points if the dog's weight is Ideal.
- Remember that practice makes perfect.
- Take the Downtown Route during walks to practice Lure Coursing at the Gym. Using items like the Mario Kart RC Racers, Flying Discs, and boomerangs can also improve the dog's speed.
- Take the Mountain Route OR Downtown Route to Seaside Route to practice Frisbee at the Mountain or Seaside Park. Use a Frisbee to practice returning the toy; use a Boomerang to encourage jumping for the toy. Mountain Park is useful for normal retrieving. Seaside Park's sand will slow your dog, but will train them for running faster through sand pits during competitions.
- Practice at Home, at the Cafe Petrov, or at a Park each Trick needed for Obedience competitions. Always give a treat if the Trick is performed. Wait until Sit, Stand, Lie Down, etc. is completed before giving a treat to practice holding the trick for a longer time.
- Junior Cup: Turn right, turn left.
- Amateur Cup: Turn right, path crossing, turn right, path crossing.
- Pro Cup: Turn left, one-pole hurdle, turn right, path crossing, turn right, one-pole hurdle.
- Master Cup: Path crossing, turn right, one-pole hurdle, turn right, one-pole hurdle, turn left, three-pole hurdle, turn left, path crossing.
- Nintendogs Cup: One-pole hurdle, path crossing, turn right, path crossing, three-pole hurdle, turn right, turn left, turn right, one-pole hurdle, three-pole hurdle, turn right, path crossing.