Barn Hunt

Barn Hunt is an exciting new sport based on the skills used by rat catchers who would travel between farms to protect grain supplies and lower the risk of disease by cleaning out vermin. Dogs use their hunting ability to find and mark rats in an above ground “barn-like” setting, using a straw/hay bale maze to introduce climbing and tunneling obstacles in the dog’s path. Rats in aerated tubes are hidden in the maze for the dog to find. Some tubes are empty or contain only litter.

Barn Hunt is for ANY dog who loves to hunt and who can fit through an 18” wide gap between two hay bales. It tests speed, agility, and surefootedness. The sport tests dogs at finding rats that are securely enclosed in ventilated tubes hidden in stacks of hay bales. Competitions offer five classes which advance from finding one active tube among two empty tubes visible in the open to locating as many as five occupied tubes among ten hidden between many bales of hay or straw.

Drop-In Barn Hunt practice sessions are intended for dogs who have attended Intro to Rats and Bales. Pre-registration is required, payment may be made day of practice.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Sunday 12:30 PM April 2 FULL 108 Newburyport Tpk.
Novice/Open: 2 runs for $20
Senior/Masters: 2 runs for $25

This introductory class is for dogs of any breed or mixed breeds to learn about rats and discriminate between an active tube and an empty tube using their natural instincts. Dogs will first learn to mark the active tube. Then both active and empty tubes will be hidden in very easy places for dogs to find. The class will also introduce dogs to climbing and tunneling among bales.

This introductory seminar is designed for handlers and dogs new to the sport. Please bring training treats, an easily removable buckled collar, a solid leash (no Flexi leads please) and a crate.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
 Sunday  9:00 – 11:00 AM  April 2 Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Cost: $60