Barn Hunt/Earth Dog/Coursing Ability

About Barn Hunt

Barn Hunt, based on roles of dogs that were used to find destructive vermin on farms, and other areas, it is a relatively new dog sport that is growing quickly.   Although some breeds were specifically bred to perform these jobs, the sport of Barn Hunt is open to almost any dog.   Those dogs who can fit through an 18" wide, and straw-bale height (20-22") tunnel, can climb a straw bale or two and who likes to sniff out live rats, within a specified time should enjoy a Barn Hunt. This is a great sport for older dogs and handlers, and both Tripod and deaf dogs can compete.  

Please note...the rats are inside a protective tube and have been accustomed to dogs beforehand. No rats are harmed in this sport. 

Barn Hunt is an independent sport, but titles are recognized by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC).

About Earth Dog

The purpose of non-competitive earthdog tests is to offer breeders and owners of small terriers and Dachshunds a standardized gauge to measure their dogs' natural aptitude and trained hunting and working behaviors when exposed to an underground hunting situation. The non-competitive program begins with a basic introduction to “den work and quarry” and progresses through gradual steps to require the dog to demonstrate that it is willing to perform the required tasks, including seeking and locating its quarry underground. Fear not, rodent lovers: The rats are safely caged and are not harmed. In fact, many participants keep rats as pets for use in earthdog trials.

About Coursing Ability Test

The Coursing Ability Test (CAT) is an introductory event fashioned after the sport of lure coursing. It tests a dog’s basic coursing instinct or hunting-by-sight ability. The dog chases an artificial lure, and the test is a non-competitive pass/fail event with dogs run one at a time. To pass the test, a dog running alone must pursue a lure, completing the course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a given time. Most dogs will happily go after the lure! The CAT provides a lively and healthy activity attractive to many dog owners.