Looking for a new fun way to have fun with your dog? Come out and try our Barn Hunt Practice classes.
Barn Hunt is based on the hunting & teamwork skills historically used by Ratcatchers and their dogs who traveled the countryside ridding farms of vermin thus helping to conserve and preserve food grains and protect inhabitants from disease. Ratcatchers used a variety of terriers and go-to-ground breeds (small dogs bred to go under the earther after prey), but also non go-to-breeds and mixes. These working dogs and breeds have never had an officially licensed test which truly simulates their traditional task. The sport of Barn Hunt fills that role.
The purposed of Barn Hunt is to demonstrate a dog’s vermin hunting ability in finding and marking rats in a “barn-like” setting, using straw/hay bales to introduce climbing and tunnelling obstacles in the dog’s path.
The sport tests speed, ability, hunt drive, scenting ability, surefootedness, and control and responsiveness to handler direction. While Barn Hunt has roots and origins as a way to test working drives in dogs bred to hunt vermin. Barn Hunt is for any domestic dog and handler who wish to play the game, including large dogs, pet dogs, altered dogs, and dogs of breeds or mixes of breeds with or without a vermin-hunting history.
The sport tests the dog’s ability to hunt and the handler’s ability to read the dog’s signals as they work together as a team.
Barn Hunt is a sporting event, as as such there are levels of difficulty, placements, titles and championships. If you are interested in competing there are Barn Hunt Clubs that hold trials across southern Ontario.
If you never go on to compete, Barn Hunt practice is lots of fun, dogs really enjoy using their nose, and finding the critters.
Our straw course is inside of our daycare/training building, so we have class regardless of the weather.
The rats we use are tame pet rats, they are safely hidden inside heavy PVC tubes, so they are completely safe. They are pet rats and they have no fear of dogs, they actually go up and sniff the dogs’ nose when we introduce them. We are very careful with our rats, they are pets too.
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Please arrive a little early so you can potty your dog before class, that way we can start on time.