Barn Hunt

Monday, August 01, 2022


Barn Hunt is based on the hunting and teamwork skills used by Ratcatchers and their dogs who traveled the countryside ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. 

Dogs are trained to identify the scent of a Rat (kept safely in a ventilated tube) in a barn-like area, the ring uses stray/hay bales to create climbing and tunneling pathways. The sport tests the speed, agility, hunt drive, scenting ability, surefootedness, control and responsiveness to handler direction. Barn Hunt is a very inclusive sport, open to all breeds (purebred, mixed breed, with or without a vermin-hunting history) and tripawds.


Experience Needed for Trials/Events:

Physical requirements of dog:

Physical requirements of human:



  • High drive dogs generally _love_ this sport
  • Great for dogs and handlers of all ages!
    • Handlers under 18 can enter the Juniors program
  • The rats are bred for the Barn Hunt environment (comfortable handled in tube, being around dogs and people, friendly)

Example of a Trial Search


  • Barn Hunt Association (BHA)
    • Titles are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), and Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).

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