Barn Hunt tests the ability of dogs to locate aerated tubes containing live rats within a hay bale maze, mimicking the historic purpose of our breed as rat-catchers and general purpose farm dogs.
The team must complete a tunneling and climbing effort, and locate the correct tube with the live rat within course time to receive a qualifying score.
Beginning with the the optional instinct (RATI) title, teams can progress through Novice (RATN), Open (RATO), Senior (RATS), Master (RATM), and to Champion RATCH. Barn hunt is not an AKC sport but they do recognize the titles via their event titling program for a fee.
barn hunt titlists
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To find an upcoming Barn Hunt event, or to learn how to prepare for an event visit the Barn Hunt Association website.