What is Barn Hunt?
Barn Hunt is a fast growing sport for all dogs of any breed or mix that can fit through an 18" wide bale-height tall tunnel . Dogs search (or hunt) for one or more rats (safely housed in aerated tubes) on a course made of straw or hay bales. The dog has to find the correct number of rats within a set time limit. There are levels of difficulty from Instinct on up through Master with increasing challenges. Titles may be earned for each successful level completed. The Canadian Kennel Club now recognizes titles earned at BHA Barn Hunt trials.
We are pleased to announce that we will be providing an opportunity for folks to get involved in Barn Hunt. We will be hosting events, providing practice sessions, and classes in the near future. All activities will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the Barn Hunt Association. Our objective is to enabling people to have fun with the sport of Barn Hunt and if they wish to do so, compete and obtain titles for Barn Hunt in Canada in accordance with the rules of the Canadian Kennel Club.
GBH is proud to be able to support the Colchester Community Workshops, Ribbons Program.
Please join our Barn Hunt community by becoming a member of the Gableridge Barn Hunt facebook group, or just continue to visit this page in order to stay up to date on events and activities that we are planning.
Ratting (now called Barn Hunt) is an ancient sport, traditional for terrier type breeds. But finding the rat requires drive, hunting ability and a good nose. Many other breeds also excel in Barn Hunt.
Introduction to Barn Hunt Classes/workshops
(Beginner workshop and classes will be scheduled soon for the fall of 2019.)
We are offering a Four hour introduction to Barn Hunt. During this introduction workshop, you will learn a little bit about the rules of BHA barn hunt, your dog will be introduced to the rats, will get to play a discrimination game, you will be able to try a BHA instinct test with your dog and your dog will begin to learn to hunt.
Drop us a line to let us know that you would like to be on the list for this introductory class.
Rat N Go's
The Rat N Go is an excellent opportunity to come practice in our barn! We will have a practice course set up in the trial ring area, so it will be very similar to a trial! We will run blinds based on level, at the current time only Instinct, Novice and Open levels are offered.
HOW IT WORKS
This Rat N Go will start at 6:00 pm with Instinct and moving to open, these session s run for about an hour. RSVP's for the Rat N Go are required. Please sign up using the scheduling app button at the top of the page. You will get 3 runs at the level you specify and may practice whatever you want to work on. A timer will be in the ring with you as well as a rat wrangler. No more than 5 dogs per session can sign up for A Rat N Go.
You must have previous experience and/or your dog must have been introduced to rats (in a workshop) in order to participate in the Rat N Go. These sessions are very supportive, everyone helps and provides advice and guidance when needed.