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Welcome to the world of Barn Hunting.

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The purpose of Barn Hunt is to demonstrate a dog’s vermin hunting ability in finding and marking rats in a “barn-like” setting, using straw/hay bales to introduce climbing and tunneling obstacles in the dog’s path. Barn Hunt is based on the skills historically used by itinerant “ratcatchers” in traveling the countryside, ridding farms of vermin, thus helping conserve and preserve food grains and cutting down on disease.

While ratcatchers often used breeds such as Jack/Parson Russell Terriers, they also used other non go-to-ground breeds such as Manchester Terriers, Rat Terriers, and a variety of breeds and mixes of small to medium size. Some breeds have never had an officially licensed test which truly emulates their traditional working task. Barn Hunt will fill that role.

Barn Hunt is also for any breed or mix of dog who loves to hunt and who can fit through an 18” wide gap between two hay bales. It will test speed, agility, and surefootedness. While not specifically targeted at larger dogs or dogs without a vermin hunting history, Barn Hunt is all inclusive and fun for any dog and human who wishes to play the game.

Barn Hunt is a sporting event, and as such there will be levels of difficulty, titles, and championships to be attained. While it can be used as an instinct test, there is also a handler component in that the handler must signal when the dog has reached the desired target PVC rat tube; thus, the handler must know and have a partnership with their dog. Teamwork will win the game.

Barn Hunt can be held indoors or outdoors, in a barn-like setting or on any piece of level ground that can be enclosed securely by gating/fencing.

As a sporting event, all participants in Barn Hunt are expected to operate within a code of good sportsmanship. No punitive or corrective training is allowed on trial grounds. Any handler who verbally or physically abuses his or her dog either in or out of the ring can face discipline from dismissal from class to dismissal from show grounds and expulsion from future events, depending on the severity of the action. Any handler who displays lack of sportsmanship toward the judge, stewards, or fellow competitors can also face disciplinary action. Barn Hunt is a family sport and should be treated as such.

At all times, the safety of the dogs, handlers, and rats is to be of paramount importance. Rats will be humanely handled and safely confined in aerated PVC tubes; Barn Hunt is not intended to harm or kill rats.


Instinct  (1pass=title) 1minute to decide which tube has a rat.   Three tubes are exposed on the course in a row.  1 has rat, 1has dirty shavings, 1 Empty.

Novice (3 wins=title) 2minutes.   Same three tubes (rat, shavings, empty) on course but now they are all hidden in hay/straw.  Dog must locate rat tube, climb 4 feet on a bale of hay, and complete the Hay Tunnel.

Open (3wins =title) 2:30minutes.  1 empty tube, 2 shavings, 2 rat tubes.   Dog must climb on bale and tunnel with 1turn.

Senior (3wins=title) 3:30mins. 1empty tube, 3 shavings tubes, 4 rat tubes.  Climb and tunnel with 2 turns.

Master (3wins= title) 4:30 Handler doesn't know number of rats on course.  Can be 1-5rats. plus tubes with shavings etc.                                            Climb and tunnel required. Tunnel has 2 or more turns. 

Champion (10 master legs) and Champion Excellent (20 master legs)  

***************************************************************************************************************************   Our shows-  

     We have POTLUCK tables, Raffle tables, vendors, and 90% of the time we have photographer.  ALL proceeds from photography goes to Louisiana Boxer Rescue!!  Our building is completely Matted floors (horse stall mats), Lights, 25' ceiling fan- yes 25feet, FULLY INSULATED ROOF/WALLS.  We offer LARGE blinds so dogs have space.  We try to run master with 3-4 blinds.    LARGE GRASS FIELD for potty area is usually mowed short (weather permitting).  Lots of parking.    LAUGHTER, Great Food, STINKY RATS= CTDS shows!!! 

 FIRST to bring Barn Hunt training, matches and Trials to Louisiana!  Very proud to  continue bringing the sport to every  dog lover possible.

Barn Hunt Services offered:

    BHA Shows /Matches/ certified BHA Judge

    Private training lessons

    Group lessons

    Seminars to any group interested ( LA, MS, AR, TX  etc)

    Official BHA judge

To schedule or for more info,  email Cristi   at    ALL4WEIMS@BELLSOUTH.NET    or 318 376-5660 

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