WHAT IS BARN HUNT?
THE DOG'S NOSE KNOWS
Barn Hunt challenges dogs to use their natural instincts and incredible sense of smell to sniff out hidden rats. It is held in a simulated barn environment, where each dog must scale straw bales, complete a dark tunnel and communicate the location of each rat to their handler before time runs out.
There are six levels of competition in total, from Instinct to Champion. To reach the next level, dogs must achieve a certain number of qualifying rounds (Qs) by completing all of the elements of the course without picking up any faults.
DRIVEN BY INSTINCT
Any age, size and/or breed of dog can compete in Barn Hunt. Terriers may have the strongest ratting instincts, but most dogs quickly learn the game and discover how much fun it is!
Deaf dogs, partially-sighted dogs and even three legged dogs can also compete, so long as they can safely and comfortably navigate the course. Since the rings are always fully fenced and only one dog competes at a time, reactive and fearful dogs often succeed in Barn Hunt and find it a great source of confidence.
LEARN TO SPEAK DOG
Each handler plays a crucial role: identifying when their dog has found a rat. Barn Hunt has plenty of tricks - empty tubes, rat bedding tubes - so being able to read your dog is the only way to avoid them. This skill won't just help you with Barn Hunt, but with training for other sports or even just in daily life.
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