Barn Hunt Sign-up

Branchwater is currently offering a regular Barn Hunt class on Thursdays and occasionally schedules introductory workshops

Our Next Barn Hunt Introductory Workshop:
Saturday, August 10, 2019
See below for more details

Where:  Branchwater Farm, 1800 Knox Avenue, Reisterstown, MD 21136

What It Is:  Barn Hunt is a new, fun sport to try with your dog.  It is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin.   The Barn Hunt Association ( sanctions many Barn Hunt trials around the country that are open to any dog of any breed (including mixed breeds!) who wish to play the game.  Dogs must be able to climb over or jump onto or crawl through mazes and tunnels built from straw bales while they search out and identify rat hiding places.

[And don’t worry about the rats.  They are contained in special “rat tubes” designed to protect the dogs and rats from each other 😊]


Although the regular classes don’t require that you have had an introduction to the sport, we do strongly recommend it.

Use the online form at the bottom of this page to inquire about openings in our Thursday Barn Hunt classes.

FMI: Email Doreen (


An introduction to the sport such as our introductory workshops provide the following information:

  • Explanation of the Rules
  • Intro to the Rat
  • Rat Instinct Test (non-official)
  • Introduction to Course Building and Rat Wrangling
  • Fun runs (Novice and Open if the dog has had some previous experience)

Next Workshop Date/Time: Saturday, August 10th, 2019 from 8am – 2 pm with BHA judge Colin Ratcliffe.


Workshop Cost: $30 for a working spot ($10 audit).  Pre-registration is required and working spots are limited.  Novice and Open Fun Runs will be available for an additional $5/run for those not entered in the workshop.  Note:  This is not a sanctioned BHA event; it is just for fun and education.

FMI: Email Doreen (

Working spots in the workshop are first-come, first-serve.

Use the online form below to request a spot at the workshop or a spot on the waiting list for this or the next introductory workshop.