Barn Hunt, Conformation, Treibball and NASDA
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.
Treibball is a low-impact sport based on herding. In this game, the dogs are required to bring a series of balls to the handler. The handler will stand in a marked area. From this area, the handler will send the dog out to retrieve the balls. The dog must retrieve the balls in the correct order as indicated by the handler.
At the most basic level, pre-novice, the dog must travel 20 feet to the ball and retrieve three balls. At the highest levels, the dog will travel 50 feet and retrieve eight balls. In addition to this, the event is timed and each dog has a limited amount of time to retrieve the balls.
Contact Sheila for classes
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, Treibball and NASDA Events
Barn Hunt: Sundays with Crystal, Monday evenings with Mike
Conformation: Thursdays with Sheila
Treibball: Tuesday evenings with Mike
NASDA: Wednesday afternoons with Sam
Mike Vorkapich has been training and competing with his dogs for 20 years and teaching for 10, primarily through 4-H. Several years ago he encountered the sport of Treibball and become obsessed with it. Now he brings that sport to you.
Mike has been teaching Barn Hunt at French Creek since they first started offering the classes.
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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.
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Sheila is a highly respected conformation instructor. She has been teaching people and their canine partners for many years. She has brought her skill and expertise to French Creek Pet Resort.
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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.
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