There's RATS in there!!


Dogs have an innate desire to hunt, regardless of what they were bred to do.  Events are held inside or outside in a barn-like setting in a fenced in area. The maze course uses hay or straw bales stacked up to create climbing and tunneling obstacles for dogs to navigate through. The goal is to find the rat hidden in the hay.

We're not a licensed Barn Hunt club yet but we'll be holding
fun runs soon - first tentative date is June 9, 2018.

Events are open to all dogs at least six months old. No ratting history is required, but the dog must be able to fit through an 18” opening between two bales of hay, which is the width of the tunnels, and the height of a bale of hay, approximately 22”.

Click on WHO CAN PARTICIPATE for more detailed information.

The challenge for the dog and her handler is to find the rat in a specific time period. Dogs are tested on speed, agility and ability to keep their footing.  Both handler and dog are a team and the handler must signal when their dog has found the correct location of the rat. This is a sport where the handler needs to know their dog well enough to recognize signs that indicate a rat has been found, including subtle signals that can be harder to pick up. Handlers have no idea where the nests are hidden or which ones contain a rat, and must wait for their dog to find the correct nest.

The object of this sport is to have fun whether you are participating or just watching. It’s a sport that celebrates the working ability of dogs and the bond and communication between a dog and her/his owner. Barn Hunt doesn’t require a lot of running on your part or extensive training for your dog and even dogs with physical limitations can participate. Barn Hunt is a good outlet for excess energy and provides stimulation for the mind as well.