Barn Hunt Practice
Looking for a new way to have fun with your dog? Try our Barn Hunt Practice drop in classes!
Barn Hunt is based on the hunting and teamwork skills used by Rat Catchers and their dogs who traveled the countryside ridding farms of vermin, thus helping to conserve and preserve food grains and protect inhabitants from disease. Rat Catchers used a variety of terriers and go-to-ground breeds (small dogs bred to go under the earth after prey), but also non go-to-ground breeds such as Manchesters, Schnauzers, Pinschers, and a variety of other 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 purpose of Barn Hunt is to demonstrate a dog's vermin hunting ability in finding and marking a rats location in a "barn-like" setting, using straw/hay bales to introduce climbing and tunneling obstacles in the dog's path. Any breed or mix of dog that can fit through an 18" wide by bale-height tall (approximately 20"-22") tunnel constructed of straw/hay bales is welcome to come and play. The sport tests speed, agility, 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 drive in dogs bred to hunt vermin, Barn Hunt is for any dog and handler who wish to play the game, including large dogs, and dogs of breeds
or mixes of breeds without a vermin hunting history.
The dog's ability to hunt, and the handler's ability to read the dog's signal so that they work as a team, are tested.
Barn Hunt is a sporting event, and as such there are levels of difficulty, placements, titles, and championships. If you are interested in competing there is a local Barn Hunt club that holds trials in the Denver area. But even 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 kennel/training building, so we have class regardless of the weather.
We recommend you go to the Barn Hunt LLC web page for the complete rules and other information.
The rats are tame pet rats, they are safely hidden inside heavy PVC tubes, so they are completely safe. Because they are pet rats 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 our pets too.
Tuesday 6:15 is Intro/Instinct class and is for dogs that have never tried Barn Hunt.
Please arrive a little early so you can potty your dog before class, that way we can start promptly at 6:15
7:00 is Novice and Open class for dogs that have done Barn Hunt, or did the Intro/Instinct class
(may run past 7:30)
7:30 is Senior and Master level dogs (may start a little after 7:30)
Thursday 12:30 Novice and Up
Cost is $15.00
(second dog is $10.00)
Tebow, Golden Retriever. Mellow, but accurate worker.
Corona, Golden Retriever. Hunting rats!
Hanna doing Barn Hunt, being a Terrier mix she was a natural.
Daisy the Jack
Russell Terrier showing how it's done. Awesome little hunter!