Hi! Wyatt's Mom here today...
If you are like us, you have probably dabbled in many dog activities.
Obedience training, agility, tracking.....
Have you tried BARN HUNT?
We witnessed our first Barn Hunt trial, this weekend in St. Helens, Oregon.
What a joy to see all breeds of dogs, from little Papillons to Great Danes having such a good time finding a rat.
There are different levels of trial:
Instinct, Novice, Open, Senior and Master.
Instinct Level starts with finding the live rat in the tube and the more advanced titles include finding multiple rats on different levels of hay bales and gaining additional points for climbing a hay bale and going through a tunnel of hay bales. Depending on the level, the dog has between 1 - 2 1/2 minutes to complete the task.
No rats are harmed. They are in a protective ventilated tube and are rotated out after every 5 dogs.
12 year old Ripley is a seasoned "Ratter" and performed her task well.
The dogs really had a wonderful time looking for the rat.
No surprise to us, that the terriers had the right attitude for the sport, but what a fun surprise to see other breeds that one would not think of as "vermin hunters" doing a great job and having such a good time.
...And if seeing the dogs having so much fun wasn't enough, there were ribbons too!
Wyatt and Stanzie say, "SIGN US UP PLEEZE PLEEZE PLEEZE"!
To find out more about Barn Hunting in your area: