Feb Clinic - UKC - RiverRat Barn Hunt

Barn Hunt Training Clinic & Workshop
February 7th 8th 2015
Cowlitz County Fair Grounds,
430 Washington Street
Longview, WA 98632
Sat & Sun AM Clinic
Sat PM clinic possible if interest warrants
Clinics limited to 12 teams
$35 pre entries $40 Day of Clinic
Same handler w/2 dogs same clinic add $15 ($50 total)
Open to all Breeds and Mixed Breeds
You do not have to be registered with BHA LLC to participate
Pre-entries by Feb 3 2015,
DOS entries accepted as space permits
Some dogs have all the fun!
www.riverratbarnhunt.com www.barnhunt.com
503-397-0882 [email protected]
Be a part o f the exciting new sport of Barn Hunt!
Barn Hunts have been held informally at Earthdog tests for years, but never under consolidated rules as a titling
event. Barn Hunt is based on the traditional task of ratcatchers who traveled the countryside ridding homes,
barns, and grounds of vermin. Unlike Earthdog, Barn hunt is above ground and involves locating aerated tubes,
some which contain a live rat, within an obstacle course made of straw bales. It is open to all dogs older than 6
months that can navigate the course safely, mixed breeds welcome.
The training clinic is open to all dogs and will be taught from the novice handler’s perspective. Teams rotate
through several stations. Rules review and handling tips provides the handlers with the foundation to succeed
in the sport. Intro to prey has teams working with the instructor in a round robin format and introduces the
dogs to live caged rats in a controlled environment. Climb & tunnel provides guidance in safely encouraging
the dogs to traverse through a hay bale tunnel and on to a stack of bales, intro to tubes transfers the “hey it’s a
rat!” drive from sight to scent, and then scent discrimination between live rat, litter, and empty tubes. Each
team will also participate in a BHA Instinct course. Rat care and safety is paramount in the sport, opportunity
to interact with the rats, without the dogs, will be available to those interested in becoming “Rat Wranglers”
for sanctioned trials.
The goal of the clinic is to develop a positive association between your dog and the sport, each dog progresses
at their own rate—some are great at finding the rat, but don't want to climb a bale, others love the tunnel but
may think the rat is some kind of proofing exercise. The instructor works with each team to determine how to
tap into their “inner ratter”.
Clinic teams will participate in:
Introduction to Barn Hunt & Rules Review
Introduction to Prey
Climb & Tunnel practice
Scent Discrimination
Instinct Course
There is no crating area in the clinic barn, dogs must be on lead & participating in the clinic, crated in the main
show arena, or safely confined to your vehicle. The barn is covered, but is not climate controlled—dress yourself and your dog for winter weather. Electronic collars are not allowed, dogs must run the instinct course
without collars. The course will be fenced, but may not be impassible to determined dogs. Bitches in heat can
participate in the Sunday clinic and will be segregated from the other dogs.
The Cascade American Pit Bull Terrier UKC Club is hosting a multi-breed conformation, Jr showmanship, and
weight pull show at the same location and has graciously allowed the inclusion of the Barn Hunt clinic as a
stand alone event in conjunction with their shows. The clinics will not occur during the judging of Terrier
Group and special consideration for working slots will be given to teams that are also entered in any of the
UKC clubs events that day. Final schedule will be provided to registered teams upon closing of pre-entries.
The tentative schedule is:
Saturday AM —registration & check in 8:30—9:00, clinic 9:15– 11:30
(PM clinic if warranted)
Sunday AM—registration & check in 8:30—9:00, clinic 9:15– 11:30
Check www.riverratbarnhunt.com for the latest information
Some Dogs Have All the Fun!
Barn Hunt Training Clinic & Workshop
February 7th & 8th 2015
Registration Form
Cowlitz County Fair Grounds,
430 Washington Street
Longview, WA 98632
Owners Name:
Dog Name:
2nd dog:
Clinic Preference
Dog is also entered in UKC event
Clinic fees
$35 pre-entry, $40 day of clinic, 2nd dog same handler same clinic add $15
Audit—$20 (no “just watching”)
Total Fees Enclosed
Make Checks Payable to River Rat Barn Hunt & Mail to Janet Oatney
PO Box 354 St Helens OR 97051
I acknowledge that if this application for entry to an educational seminar is made available to me for participation, that I agree that this facility has the right to refuse the registration and reserve the right to dismiss myself for cause which Barn Hunt & the hosting clubs deems to be
sufficient. In consideration of the acceptance of this and the opportunity to receive Barn Hunt information I agree to hold harmless the Barn
Hunt Association, Robin Nuttall, Janet Oatney, Ron Dunn, volunteers, judges, Cowlitz County Fairgrounds and all associates and affiliated
Barn Hunt clubs harmless from any claim for loss or injury which may be alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly to any person or
thing while in or upon the premises or grounds or near any entrance thereto, and I personally assume all responsibility and liability for such
claim, and further agree to hold the aforementioned parties harmless form any claims for damage or injury to my dogs or myself, either physically or mentally, whether such loss, disappearance, theft, damage or injury, be caused or alleged to be caused by negligence within or upon the
premises of the Barn Hunt grounds. The terms of this agreement bind the parties for the current period of training and all subsequent classes/
training/events in which they hereafter participate.
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