What is Barn Hunt?
For years, informal barn hunts were held in conjunction with earthdog events and terrier fun days, using various rules, and as something to enjoy with no pressure on handler or dog. But these informal events were never a sanctioned sport. The Barn Hunt Association, LLC has created a sanctioned sport honoring the traditional role of dogs in ridding barns, homes, and properties of vermin. Barn Hunt opens this fun sport up to any dog, of any size, type, breed or mix that can fit through an 18″ wide through approximately 22″ high tunnel. In Barn Hunt, you can earn titles and placements at levels from Instinct through Master, and even Championships and beyond. Barn Hunt is growing rapidly in popularity.
Getting Started in Herding
The purpose of noncompetitive herding tests is to offer herding breed owners a standardized gauge by which a dog's basic instinct and trainability are measured.
The purpose of the competitive herding trial program is to preserve and develop the herding skills inherent in the herding breeds and to demonstrate that they can perform the useful functions for which they were originally bred. Although herding trials are artificial simulations of pastoral or farm situations, they are standardized tests to measure and develop the characteristics of the herding breeds.
Dogs must have training and prior exposure to livestock before being entered in tests or trials. Both parent and local clubs should provide opportunities for such training and exposure.
A dog is not required to work in any particular style. A dog may compete on whichever course its handler chooses. The dog needs no training before entering this class and may be handled by the judge, owner or a designated handler. The judge is looking for the dogs ability to move and control livestock by fetching or driving.