Yesterday, on a whim, I took Beans to a Barn Hunt Fun Clinic at Cassio Pet Resort on Newtown, CT. I had no expectations, as I know little about Barn Hunt and my infinitely sweet Beans is neither an athlete nor a scholar. But oh man, as the video below shows, we had a blast.
There were three requirements for her run: to find a rat that is safely protected inside a tube and then buried in some hay, to put all four paws on the top of a hay bale, and to go through a tunnel made of hay bales. (By the way, rats in Barn Hunt are treated very well, secured in the tube and taking turns so not to spend too long in there.) I was so impressed when Beans immediately found the rat, and then she looked at me rather than fixate on the little guy. Apparently our years of counter-conditioning to rodents has paid off.
Hopefully this is just the beginning for us!
Kate Naito, CPDT-KA, MS, is an author and dog trainer with Doggie Academy in Brooklyn, NY.