Barn Hunt Sign-up

Barn Hunt Introductory Workshop

Date and Time To Be Determined

The below information describes the workshop that was planned for Sunday, January 13 that had to be cancelled due to the large snowstorm that day.  We are looking to reschedule on a weekend in February.

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 ( operates 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 😊]

An introduction to the sport will be provided including:

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

Cost: $20 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.

FMI: Email Doreen (

Working spots in the workshop are first-come, first-serve.  Use the following online form to request a spot at a future workshop.