Barn Hunt

Guest post by Gary Webster

Barn Hunt is the new and quickly growing dog sport catching fire across the country! Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin.

BarnHunt

What: Barn Hunt
Description: Dogs use their nose to detect the presence of rats
Training: Most dogs naturally can smell out rats. Some have to be trained to find the rat faster and to indicate it’s presence.
Time until ready: Various, but typically only a few months for the beginning levels
Age to start: Any age. Really. Any age from puppy to elderly dog.

Some breeds were specifically created to fill this role, and for many of those breeds, Barn Hunt provides their first true opportunity for responsible breeders to test proper working traits in their dogs. Barn Hunt is also open to any dog of any breed or mix who wishes to play the game and can fit through an 18″ wide by bale-height tall tunnel. Barn Hunt has titles, levels of increasing difficulty, and championships. Barn Hunt is an independent sport, but titles are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). Beginning in January 2018, Barn Hunt titles will be recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).

Barn Hunt is committed to creating a safe and fun sport for dogs, that also holds rat care at the highest level of consideration. The rats used in Barn Hunt are often beloved family pets. They jump eagerly into their safe, comfortable aerated tubes and truly enjoy interacting with the dogs.

It is a great sport for older dogs, and older people too! Tripod dogs can compete, and so can deaf dogs. To get started first read the rules, then find a club near you, or even think about forming your own club. You can also find events on the event calendar. We hope you try it, we think you’ll like it!

And yes Collies can do it too.  We have done barn hunt with all three of our Collies.  Even 10 year old Cassidy loves it.  Our youngest, Benny (2), is especially good and will be competing for his Open and Senior titles next year.

BHA Barn Hunt Association All Breeds

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