The sport of Barn Hunt officially began in 2014 and is a perfect game for the Airedale. It is great fun for both dog and handler and is based on the traditional roles that many breeds have in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. I often say the best way to describe it is “earth dog above ground”. The ring where dogs and handlers compete consist of a maze of hay bales, a tunnel made from those bales, and hidden PVC tubes that contain rats and rat bedding. It is a timed competition—dogs have a certain amount of time at each level (Novice, Open, Senior and Masters) to find all the rats, navigate the tunnel and climb on the bales in order to get a qualifying score. Barn Hunt titles are recognized under the American Kennel Club’s title recognition program.
You can find out all about it, along with clubs and events near you at www.barnhunt.com Also, follow “Barn Hunting Airedales” on Facebook to keep up with our Airedales in competition!