HCKOC held the first Barn Hunt trial on the Prairies September 20 and 21, 2014.
This was a very successful event, held at the Walker farm in Vanscoy with 8 dogs receiving novice titles (RATN) over the weekend, as well as a larger number of dogs achieving the instinct title (RATI).
The weather cooperated beautifully, we had a fabulous concession and wonderful judge, Lori Oakley from Boulder Colorado. HCKOC looks forward to holding other Barn Hunt events in the future and to other clubs becoming active in this growing activity.
Terri and Lola searching
Barn Hunt is a fun activity for all dogs - pure bred and mixed breed in which dogs must complete several elements replicating the job of working barn dogs.
Rats are safely ensconced in large, well ventilated PVC tubes and great care is taken to ensure rat safety and well-being. The Barn Hunt Association has very strict regulations to ensure rat well-being.
Dogs must locate and identify tubes containing rats (and differentiate the tubes from those containing only bedding or empty tubes) and must climb on hay bales and travel through a tunnel of hay bales.
While terriers in particular enjoy this activity, mimicking as it does what these dogs were originally bred for, a wide range of breeds are enthusiastic hunters, using their noses to locate the rat tube.