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Barn Hunt? What is this new sport for dogs?

Barn Hunt? What is this curious sporting competition for dogs? We know it was not named after Dr. Tim so let’s learn more.

Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. Some breeds were specifically created to fill this role, and for many of those breeds, Barn Hunt provides their first true opportunity for responsible breeders to test proper working traits in their dogs. Rats are hidden in seal able, breatheable tubes and then these tubes are hidden through a barn for the dogs to find. Barn Hunt is also open to any dog of any breed or mix who wishes to play the game and can fit through an 18″ wide by bale-height tall tunnel. Barn Hunt has titles, levels of increasing difficulty, and championships.


Barn Hunt is committed to creating a safe and fun sport for dogs, that also holds rat care at the highest level of consideration. The rats used in Barn Hunt are often beloved family pets. They jump eagerly into their safe, comfortable aerated tubes and truly enjoy interacting with the dogs. These are then hidden throughout a barn in increasingly difficult spots to find as the competition escalates through out a day.

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Pictured is “Rudy” a dog from the Upper Peninsula and eats Dr. Tim’s.

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