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03-23-2014 04:27 PM
ILGHAUS Thanks Lauri. I was hoping that would be workable.
03-22-2014 04:29 PM
Lauri & The Gang
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I've thought this is something that I may be interested in at some point. My concern ... I train my dogs not to chase rabbits, squirrels and the like. Has anyone seen their dog's prey drive go up? Does the dog just go after rat scent and not ramp up on other small rodents? I would hate to have my dog go after someone's pet while we visit.
TJ - you could train it like Nosework instead of using prey drive. Teach the dog to indicate on the LIVE rat scent.

I teach Barn Hunt classes and I have a student with a Collie with ZERO prey drive. That is how we are training her.
03-22-2014 03:54 PM
dogfaeries So... Sage and I did the Barn Hunt seminar today! First an instinct test, and then a couple of runs through a Novice course. She is a crazy prey drive dog, so I figured this would be right up her alley. Actually though, since the rats weren't running loose, she was really calm. She wasn't that interested during the instinct test, though she did sniff the tube with the rat.

On our first run on the Novice course, she immediately made a big wide run around the whole perimeter of the area. Such a herding dog! The tubes weren't hidden, but were up against the hay bales. (There were 3 tubes, but only one had a rat in it). Sage, spent a lot of time just sniffing around. They have to go through a tunnel of the bales, and stand on top of the bales, during a real trial, so I encouraged her to do that. She did find the rat (finally) and then pawed around at the tube. Ya! We had to use the rat to bribe her to go through a tunnel.

Second run was easier. The tubes were all hidden this time, but she kind of had a clue what she was there to do. She went through the tunnel, jumped on a hay bale, and then found the rat, and did lots of pawing at the tube. Good Sage!

I don't know that she's going to set the Barn Hunt world on fire, but I'm going to take her back up for practice runs and see if she really catches on. I may take her to the open practice session tomorrow afternoon. The barn is a zillion miles away from me on the other side of the metro, but
I think I'll take her.

All in all, it was fun! There were a wide variety of dogs that were there - Gordon Setter, Sheltie, husky mix, pit bull, lab, minpin, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, and an Entlebucher Mountain Dog puppy.
03-20-2014 03:56 PM
Msmaria
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Originally Posted by ILGHAUS View Post
I've thought this is something that I may be interested in at some point. My concern ... I train my dogs not to chase rabbits, squirrels and the like. Has anyone seen their dog's prey drive go up? Does the dog just go after rat scent and not ramp up on other small rodents? I would hate to have my dog go after someone's pet while we visit.
I havent gone to one, was going to sign up but my nosework instructor suggested I dont go. I have friends that their dogs do participate but they are all terriers. Their terriers catch and kill squirrels all the time, so probably not a good example.
03-19-2014 04:05 PM
dogfaeries Had to cancel Sage for the Barn Hunt seminar a couple of weeks ago due to a dog show. But, we are going this Saturday. I'm pretty excited, and I'm sure Sage will be too.

There's a Barn Hunt fun test in Wichita KS, in conjunction with the dog show the first weekend in April. I've entered Sage in conformation, and will go if it's a major. If not, we stay home. If we go, I hope to put her in the fun test. There is an actual Barn Hunt trial in Columbia, MO this weekend.
03-04-2014 11:22 PM
ILGHAUS I've thought this is something that I may be interested in at some point. My concern ... I train my dogs not to chase rabbits, squirrels and the like. Has anyone seen their dog's prey drive go up? Does the dog just go after rat scent and not ramp up on other small rodents? I would hate to have my dog go after someone's pet while we visit.
03-03-2014 02:01 PM
Msmaria Barn hunt in So Cal . Info below

Barn Hunt Fun Trial : Winning Edge Dog Sports Events
01-28-2014 10:02 AM
kbella999
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Sent in my registration for the March barn hunt seminar. Going to try out silly Sage!
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Our training club is hoping to host barn hunts this year. It's in Tyler TX
They are going to be holding a Fun Test on Feb 22-23 at Twister in Edmond, Ok and I think they also said they would have a one-hour rat familiarization before the fun test starts.
01-28-2014 08:47 AM
CMorton I am so excited to try Barn Hunting this year, I really think my youngest will enjoy it a lot. The most local trials were this past weekend, but I already had commitments so hopefully later this year!
01-11-2014 02:10 PM
Stosh Our training club is hoping to host barn hunts this year. It's in Tyler TX
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