What is Barn Hunt and how will classes at Gem City be run?
These are great questions!
Barn Hunt is a sport in which a course is built using hay bales, not necessarily in a barn. Live rats hidden in aerated tubes are then hidden on the course. Decoy tubes are also hidden.
The object is for the dog to use their senses to find the rats and indicate the rat to the handler.
Each course includes a tunnel constructed of bales. The number of bales, difficulty of tunnel and number of rats increase as the team advances.
It is a great sport! For those that are brand new to the sport, we will first introduce the dog to a rat and see how he/she reacts. From there we will work to build your dog’s interest and drive to find the rat and work on other skills such as indication and tunneling. For dogs that are experienced, we will work on issues that your dog may be having as they have progressed. New handlers can learn a lot by watching advanced dogs.
If you want to learn more you can check out Barnhunt.com, Barn Hunt Association Facebook page, Barn Hunt Association Rules Facebook Page or search for Barn Hunt videos of YouTube.
Please text myself or Jennifer with any questions! 937-684-3870 or 937-520-2468.