CLASSES FOR BARN HUNT
RAT INSTINCT CLASS (RATN):
Non titling instinct class, one PVC tube with rats, dog
has 1 minute to find rats. Pass/ Fail. Optional class for dogs without an instinct pass, and for
dogs without an Intro Title to use as a warm up. Dog may enter both Instinct and Intro at the
same trial. One minute max. Handler can step into course with dog. This will be a simple,
straight chute with one tunneling and one climbing element
BARN HUNT INTRO (RATI):
Three legs required. Three PVC tubes: one “dry”, one
with litter (no rats), one with rats. Dog has 2 minutes from time of release to find the correct
tube. Handler must verbally indicate “HIDE” to stop the clock.
OPEN BARN HUNT (RATO):
Three legs required. 5 PVC tubes: 1 “dry”, 2 with litter, 2 with
rats. Dog has 3 minutes to find both “live” PVC tubes. Handler must verbally indicate live tube.
Handler or rat wrangler then removes tube #1 and hands to rat wrangler, then sends dog back
for live tube #2. Inability to remove tube from dog run ups clock time. As soon as tube is
handed to the rat wrangler, the dog can be redirected. The rat wrangler then confirms (or
denies) the live find. If the dog has made a false identification the dog is No Qualify, but may
continue to work until the time limit of the class.
SENIOR BARN HUNT (RATS):
Three legs required. Eight PVC tubes: 4 with rats, 3 with
scent, 1 “dry”. Dog and handler have 4 minutes to indicate all live tubes, handler passing tubes
off to rat wrangler as handler calls “HIDE”.
MASTER BARN HUNT (RATM):
Five legs required. Extra obstacles (chairs, wood,
wheelbarrows, etc.) 10 tubes: all with scent anywhere, anywhere from 1 to 5 rats (judges
discretion). Dog has 4 minutes for all “HIDES”.
TEN MASTER LEGS EQUAL BARN HUNT CHAMPION: (RAT-CH)
TWENTY MASTER LEGS EQUAL BARN HUNT MASTER CHAMPION: (RAT-XCH)
Height divisions are to equalize efforts for dogs of the same general
size. Maximum course time can be adjusted according to height.
Dogs 11.5” and under—small
Dogs between 15” and 11.5”—medium
Dogs 20” plus—large