Barn Hunts

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  1. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    If anyone wants to try go find your local JRT group. They often, as Tankstar has found out ;) have fundays anyone can come play.

    Dekka thinks its a really awesome game. Barn hunt and brush hunt are faves. I like brush hunt best, but its cool either way.
     
  2. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    I'm entering the Malinois but I'm a bit confused about what a RATI RATO RATN are, anyone want to explain?
     
  3. Flyinsbt

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    Adrianne, RATI is the instinct test, and when this is titling, it will be an optional class, needing just one pass if you decide to do it. It's a set course, and they have the 3 tubes (one empty, one with rat litter, and one with a rat) out in the open for the dogs to investigate.

    RATN is Novice, and that will be the first level of competition, which will involve actually having a rat hidden, on a course designed by the judge, for the dogs to find.

    RATO is Open, and involves finding more than one rat. There are other differences, but those are the basics.

    I entered mine in RATI, so they can easily get an idea what we are there for, and so I can hopefully figure out what their cues are for finding a rat. And in RATN, because I figured RATI didn't sound very exciting, and I wanted to see what it's like as the actual sport. I didn't try RATO, because I have no idea if they'll even be interested, I figured RATO would probably be best for dogs that have done earthdog before, and already know how to look for rats.

    I hope mine want to play!
     
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    OMG, Jackson would just flip!
     
  5. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    [​IMG] :D all three passed today and passed well!

    Flyinsbts Pirate and Tess did SO well, too!

    Tess was all business and Pi gave an awesome alert. We have videos of everyone's runs so we'll upload tonight and share.

    If you have one of these near you GO, it was so much fun and very all breed friendly!
     
  6. stardogs

    stardogs Behavior Nerd

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    Awesome! I am sooooo jealous!
     
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    I am dying to try this with my Corgi!!!!! Congrats! :D
     
  8. MericoX

    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    I'd love to try this... too bad it doesn't seem like anything is up this way. *pout*
     
  9. AdrianneIsabel

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    There was a cute little corgi there who looked a lot like your girlie! I smooshed her and she gave me a kiss.

    The schnauzers kicked butt and there were even poodles who did well!

    This sport is so young I'm sure it will grow, this weekend alone there were, I think, 3 events all preregistered to capacity. This event had 50 and one in NJ supposedly had over 100(?).

    I'm excited to see it grow, it's fun and the dogs totally loved it. By backups second fine he was indicating by plastering himself on the rat pipe and refusing to move, I had to lift him off. lol
     
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    I want to go to one of these after seeing your videos!!! So awesome! I bet my guys would have so much fun!!!!
     
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    Awwww, so jealous! How fun! Your videos were fun too - you should post them on here :)
     
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    !!!!!!! I so NEED to find something like this around here! There is a club that does "earth dog" trials, but Jinj wouldn't even began to fit in the boxes, lol. But just look at him go! He would ROCK any competition! (sorry, still haven't figured out how to embed videos)
    http://youtu.be/WNGWWncQC9s
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    "ZOMG! Let me kill it!"
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  13. Renee750il

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    Haven't done it as a sport, lol, but Kharma and Bimmer did it for real ;)

    Barn rats can be pretty aggressive.

    Be aware that where there's a population of barn rats and vermin there are probably going to be some feral barn cats -- unless there's a coyote population :(
     
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    Check out my videos, it's not what you think. It, like lure coursing, is merely an emulation of a barn hunt. It's a test of the dogs ability to go over, under, track and distinguish real rat v rat litter v empty tube. It felt almost like k9nw to me actually only less of an obedience exercise and more of an instinct test, the handle has no idea where the real rat is either and must trust if the dog is cuing on the rat of just looking/bothering where you encourage them to look.
     
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    Ah, thanks for the explanation :) I'm not on my computer right now, on the HP that isn't video-friendly :wall:
     
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    ahhh yeah, my friend who does pest control for free with feist mixes and lurchers gave his concerns as well but really it's not even in a real barn. It's not like dogs that do LC suddenly inspire (sane) owners to start hunting down their meals or dogs that do K9NW suddenly inspire their (sane) owners to start their own drug dog company. lol

    He was reasonably concerned about dogs and owners who gain too much confidence with ED trial style stuff losing a dog in a tunnel or to a defensive prey but in this case I didn't see this as an, "Okay, you're ready to explore that abandoned barn and clean it for renovation now!"
     
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    I agree, it's a lot like nosework but more instinct and less training. I'm excited that it's catching on so well!
     
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    Yeah, not many worries as far as defensive barn vermin or losing a dog down a tunnel with two Filas and a Bimmer :D
     
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    lol, I have a barn, my dogs have tanged with coons and rats on a regular basis. When I have a pup, I set a live trap in the barn and catch a nice big rat to instinct test my pups. They are not like pet store feeder rats, they scream, hiss and throw themselves at the sides of the trap when a dog/pup is present. Test simple, pups that turn on I am interested in keeping, next test is to have an adult there and open the cage. Rat bolts, dog kills it. A few times I have had the pup beat the adult to it and get the job done :) 3rd test is after the pups have seen the adult get the job done is to test the pup alone and release the rat.
    When Who was a wee pup, I had her in the barn with me while doing chores. She went under a skid in the feed room, killed a rat and dragged it out.....good girlie. :)
     
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    Bimmer had a JRT buddy from the trailer park next door at the farm. They had a blast hunting together and made a good team.
     

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