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Just got home from a weekend of Barn Hunt (2 tests per day) where Michaela had moved up to Senior level (or, as the judge said during the morning briefing, welcome to Purgatory). On her first run, Michaela found the first 3 rats in 58 seconds (maximum time is 3 min 30 sec) and found the fourth rat in under 1 min 20 sec for her first leg (and also got a ribbon for being the fastest dog at Senior level). She was the only qualifier in the second test, and on Sunday she earned the third leg and her Senior title. Whoo! :banana:

We moved up to Master level for the 2nd test on Sunday, where there are a total of 8 tubes (holding 1 to 5 rats, the rest hold rat litter), a longer tunnel with 3 to 5 turns, and the handler has to tell the judge when they think their dog has found all the rats. I missed Michaela's indication of one rat, called three rats she definitely found, and called the course clear. My fault she didn't qualify, but she had fun and had no problem with the longer tunnel. She needs 5 qualifying runs to earn her Master title, so we have a ways to go. Still, it was a pretty darned good weekend and I'm really proud of her. :D
 

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Go Michaela go! THat is just wonderful.
 
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That's amazing! We're just starting Barn Hunt.

How did you train for it? Local practices?

There's only one dog in this region in the Masters level - it's amazing to watch.

Congrats!
 

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Just got home from a weekend of Barn Hunt (2 tests per day) where Michaela had moved up to Senior level (or, as the judge said during the morning briefing, welcome to Purgatory). On her first run, Michaela found the first 3 rats in 58 seconds (maximum time is 3 min 30 sec) and found the fourth rat in under 1 min 20 sec for her first leg (and also got a ribbon for being the fastest dog at Senior level). She was the only qualifier in the second test, and on Sunday she earned the third leg and her Senior title. Whoo! :banana:

We moved up to Master level for the 2nd test on Sunday, where there are a total of 8 tubes (holding 1 to 5 rats, the rest hold rat litter), a longer tunnel with 3 to 5 turns, and the handler has to tell the judge when they think their dog has found all the rats. I missed Michaela's indication of one rat, called three rats she definitely found, and called the course clear. My fault she didn't qualify, but she had fun and had no problem with the longer tunnel. She needs 5 qualifying runs to earn her Master title, so we have a ways to go. Still, it was a pretty darned good weekend and I'm really proud of her. :D
That's fantastic! Way to go!
 

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That's amazing! We're just starting Barn Hunt.

How did you train for it? Local practices?

There's only one dog in this region in the Masters level - it's amazing to watch.

Congrats!
Thank you, and have fun! Lots of nice people and everyone cheers for a Q. There's a woman with a Terv who is just amazing to watch - the dog is super fast, barks when she finds a rat and stops to look at her handler when the course is clear. She finished her Master title at this trial.

There's a woman with the local terrier club (about an hour from me) who holds open practices on Saturday and gives beginner lessons on Sunday (4 week sessions). We started last June with beginner lessons (introducing the dogs to a rat in a cage, placing the cage around the stacked bales in plain sight, placing on top of some of the bales, then moving the rat to a clear tube, then moving the rat to a competition tube and actually hiding it.) For the open practices, she'll usually have a novice tunnel and a higher level tunnel set up and she likes to make the dogs look for more rats than they need for their level. (2 rats at Novice level, 3 or 4 rats at Open, etc). She figures that way if you move up at a trial, your dog will already be used to searching for more rats.
 
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