Next Beginning Class starts on February 23, 2015. Classes will take place Monday evenings from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Click here to Sign-Up
The on-going Intermediate Class is held every Wednesday from 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Purchase 6 classes and use them in a 10 week period. Great for those with a busy schedule. Join anytime! Click here to Sign-Up
The official sport of Barn Hunt was the brainchild of Barn Hunt Association LLC founder, Robin Nuttall, who used the older games and sought to provide a venue for all dogs, big and small, who like to hunt vermin. Historically, many breeds were used by itinerant "ratcatchers" to rid farms of crop-robbing, disease-spreading rats. The sport of Barn Hunt is modeled after the job these working dogs performed.
The sport takes place in a barn-like atmosphere that can be re-created almost anywhere. An enclosed ring, 50-60 bales of straw or hay, some PVC tubes, and some rats are all it takes for the dogs get their rat on Barn Hunt style.
Novice and all successor classes require a dog to perform three basic elements: tunnel, climb, and find the hidden rat(s) within a specified amount of time. Tunnels are made of straw bales and supporting boards, and the tunnels become longer with more turns as dogs progress through the classes. For border terriers, climb means that all four paws must touch the top of a bale at some time during the run. Novice courses are only two bales high and three tubes are hidden: one dry, one litter, and one live rat. Dogs must tunnel, climb, and indicate the live rat within two minutes without falsely indicating any other tube. When a dog earns three legs, the dog has earned the Barn Hunt Novice title "RATN".
Open, Senior, and Master classes are performed on more difficult courses with more time to indicate an increasing number of live rats without being confounded by an increasing number of litter tubes. Three legs are required to earn the Open "RATO" and Senior "RATS" titles, while five legs are required to earn the Master title "RATM". The most skilled dogs have the opportunity to earn a prefix title Barn Hunt Master Champion "RATCh", 10 Master legs after the RATM title, and Barn Hunt Master Champion Excellent "RATChX", 20 Master Legs after the RATM title. Now that's a lot of ratting!
Before dogs can compete in licensed trials, they must be registered with Barn Hunt Association LLC, but training clinics and fun tests are scheduled throughout the country. Check out the official Barn Hunt Association LLC site for complete rules and an event calendar. http://barnhunt.com Don't forget to register your dog.
The monthly Fremont Dog Training Club meeting will be held February 19, 2015. The meeting starts at 7:30pm. The monthly meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the training facility. All club members are encouraged to attend.