Barn Hunt / Rat Sports

barn hunt trainingA barn hunt is a necessity for some dogs who live on a farm and have the job of keeping rodents away from barns, hay bales, and animal feed. A barn hunt event is a fun sport some dog owners engage in using rats, hay bales, and tunnels to test your dog’s agility and skill.

The purpose of Barn Hunt events (or Rat sports) are to demonstrate teamwork between the handler and their dog. The dog must display his/her vermin hunting ability by finding and marking rats in a barn-like or field-like setting in which straw/hay bales are used. The handler must display their ability to read the dog’s signal.

AKC Barn Hunt