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Barn Hunting

Two rats
Barn Hunt is a new and quickly growing dog sport catching fire across the country! Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin.

Barn Hunt is open to any dog of any breed or mix who wishes to play the game and can fit through an 18" wide by bale-height tall tunnel.

Barn Hunt is an independent sport with titles, levels of increasing difficulty, and championships. The titles are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and can appear on a dog's AKC pedigree and other records.

Barn Hunt is committed to creating a safe and fun sport for dogs, that also holds rat care at the highest level of consideration. The rats used in Barn Hunt are often beloved family pets with their own pet names. They jump eagerly into their safe, comfortable aerated tubes and truly enjoy interacting with the dogs.

Several of KCAA's members are active Barn Hunters. If you would like to chat with them about the sport, or would like to join them at a training session, please send an email to colin.ratcliffe@gmail.com or through the website here.

Classes are held on a drop-in basis on most Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Severn, Maryland by Jan Huff of Superpup, LLC (click for directions).

Click here to go to Barn Hunt Association's web site where you can find more information about the sport, local trials, rules, and so on.

Here are some short videos of a dog's early Barn Hunting career: