Understanding rats is Bailie’s latest project. She has decided to pursue her barn hunt career this fall, as she has one of three legs towards her novice title, so why not keep going? In order to be successful she needs to take the task of finding the rat in the hay seriously.
Monday night there was an Intro to Barn Hunt class. Mom and Bailie went to give Bailie an opportunity to really get up close and personal with the rat in a tube concept and to work on the importance of finding the tube with the rat in the hay bales. I have no interest in the sport after trying it back in June, so I stayed home and relaxed while she was busy working on understanding rats!
She got some nice video of herself meeting the rat and getting pretty excited about it. She also did a good job finding the rat tube in the hay. Remember, the top priority in the sport of barn hunt is rat safety. The woman on the floor in the video raises rats for pets and barn hunt. They grow up with dogs and tubes and are not scared at all. The tubes are completely safe for the rat, and correct handling of the tubes is paramount.
Hopefully Bailie will get to meet up with some more rats in a practice group a couple times before the next barn hunt trial in October. She is pretty excited about it! Me, I’ll stick to wabbits and squirrels when it comes to animals.