Barn Hunt is a sport that utilizes a dog’s natural ability to smell odors in order to detect the presence of a rat in a barn-like setting. There are dozens of bales of straw strewn around a room to simulate a scenario on a farm in a barn. In the bales of straw, there will be hidden one or more rats. The rats are safely encased in tubes made of PVC so the dogs cannot actually interact with them. The rats are hidden in such a way that the dogs can only detect them by smell. In addition, there will be empty tubes and tubes filled with used bedding but no rat. The job of the human is to understand when their dog has detected a rat.
In order to successfully complete a barn hunt search, the dog must find the correct number of rats, climb on the straw and go through a man-made tunnel, made of more straw bales.
Classes are a drop-in format on most Thursday evenings.
Conformation classes will teach you and your dog how to move in the show ring. You will learn how to present your dog so it looks it’s best. The classes are a “run-through” format so you can prepare for an upcoming show.
Barn Hunt, Conformation, and NASDA Events
Barn Hunt: Sundays with Crystal, Tuesday evenings with Lynne and Scott, Thursdays with Barb Krause
Conformation: Thursdays with Kim
NASDA: Wednesday afternoons with Sam
Lynne And Scott Andersen
For over 20 years, Lynne and Scott, owners of Dog Nose Best LLC, have done a variety of sports with their furry family members. Their two Jack Russell Terriers are Canine Good Citizens and have earned titles in agility, Trick Dog and Barn Hunt, where they compete at the Master level. They’ve had so much fun in Barn Hunt, they are working to become Barn Hunt judges.
Crystal has been teaching Barn Hunt classes for many years. Her dogs have achieved some of the highest awards possible in Barn Hunt and she has attended Regional and National competitions.
To find out about classes, contact Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barb is a Barn Hunt judge, Trial Secretary and instructor with many years of experience. She has taken her own dogs up through the RATCHX5 level. She trials with a Dachshund, Poodle and Border Collie, all competing at very high levels with her Border Collie earning the gold medal in Versatility at the Barn Hunt Nationals.
For information about Barb and her classes, contact French Creek Pet Resort
I teach North American Sport Dog Association (NASDA) sports because my dogs LOVE playing the games of Trailing & Locating, Antler Shed Find, Lost Article Recovery and Urban Locating. I compete with all four of my dogs, from 9 year old Rat Terrier Squeek, 6 year old Border Collie Bling, 3 year old Rat Terrier Dance and 5 month old Border Collie Mertz. Squeek & Dance were both Best of Breed in NASDA in 2020 for Rat Trailing Level 1 and Antler Shed Level 1 respectively. SchaSam NASDA Sports Club was approved by NASDA in January 2021 and we recently held a very successful NASDA competition at French Creek Pet Resort in August 2021 – the first NASDA trials in the state of Washington. I have been training others in NASDA sports since 2020 with numerous of my students having qualifying runs in their first ever NASDA trial.
Contact Sam at email@example.com
I started in dogs through the King County 4-H program back in 1975. I was a 4-H Mom as my daughter also was in 4-H through the Snohomish County program. I raise and show primarily Norwegian Elkhounds but I have experience working with many breeds. Over the years our dogs have achieved many titles. We have finished over 20 Elkhounds and Samoyeds. In addition, I have helped friends finish their dogs championships and Grand Championship. I am an owner handler but over the years have won Reserve Best In Show, Best in Specialty Show, Group Placements, Many many major wins at specialty shows and at National Specialties. My dogs have been ranked nationally for their breed and the NOHS group rankings. I began performance events in 2017, I have enjoyed working with my dogs to learn new skills and achieve many performance and versatility awards. Currently we are working on titles in Agility, Barnhunt and Rally. I hope to start scentwork with my youngest Elkhound in the next year.
I am currently the Treasurer/Member of the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America and member of Sno-King Agility Club.