Barn Hunt is an exciting sport open to all dogs. The purpose of Barn Hunt is to demonstrate a dog's vermin hunting ability in finding and marking rats in a "barn-like" setting, using straw/hay bales to introduce climbing and tunneling obstacles in the dog's path. Barn Hunt is based on the historical use of itinerant "rat catchers" traveling the countryside,ridding farms of vermin, thus helping conserve and preserve food grains and cutting down on disease. While the dogs used by these traveling exterminators were bred for this roles; e.g. terriers and similar breed, any dog can participate in Barn Hunt! It also provides responsible breeders the opportunity to test proper working traits of the breed.
Barn Hunt is for any any breed or mix of dog who loves to hunt and can fit through an 18" wide gap between two hay bales. It will test speed, agility, and surefootedness. The handler signals when the dog has reached the desired target PVC rat tube, thus the handler must know and have a partnership with their dog. Teamwork will win the game.!