The dog sports road trip continued on right after Bailie’s nose work trial in De Land, IL ended. Saturday night, they drove on for another 550 miles or so to Sheboygan, WI. Madison was just a cheerleader for Bailie’s trial, but in Sheboygan, she would also be competing.
The Barn Hunt Trial was part of the Sheboygan Dog Training Club 2018 Sniff and Splash, four day event. My sisters tried to get in the mood before they left home getting on their best farm gear. It sounded like so much fun, but they would only be able to be there for the last day.
This big event is hosted every year by the Sheboygan Dog Training Club. There were many activities offered – barn hunt, dock diving, brush hunt, CGC testing, CCGC testing, farm dog certification, and more.
Madison was in the midst of her heat cycle on the road trip, so she had to pack her panties. Dogs in heat can compete in Barn Hunt, but they have to run last, and wear panties. Madison didn’t mind one bit, she simply wanted to hunt rats. In order to keep the distraction of her being in heat to a minimum for other dogs, they had to be crated in the broom closet. The facility had limited crate space, and the closet was the only place available. As it turns out, it was a nice, cool, and quiet place to spend the day.
One of the main reasons Mom wanted to attend this barn hunt trial is that it is indoors with a/c! After the snake incident two years ago, Mom will never do another outdoor barn hunt, and with the heat, a/c is so very nice! This trial was big, and had four rings going on at all times.
Although Madison was participating in barn hunt, she could not earn a title with only two runs. Bailie only needed one more leg for her RATO (Barn Hunt Open) Title. Going into the dog sports road trip, Bailie had a chance at three titles total, she only got one of two in nose work, but she redeemed herself, and earned her RATO Title in Sheboygan, and finished in third place for that leg. She did not make the title an easy feat, but got the job done. Madison did not earn any legs, but she got sixty points in Crazy 8’s, making her total at eighty now. She needs five hundred for a title, so it might be a while. Both of my sisters are now competing at the Senior level in Barn Hunt…who will earn that title first?
My sisters are signed up for some rat classes in September before their next barn hunt trial. They find rats, but they need to remember to tell Mom, and class really helps with that. Bailie had a pretty good weekend, and proudly sported her two new title ribbons. We all have two weeks off, and then the competitions really amp up. Madison will be trying AKC agility in September, Bailie and I have Nose Work trials, Bailie and Madison have Barn Hunt, and then they will try an AKC Scent Work Trial. We are staying local for a couple months which will be nice for a change. Stay tuned to see how it all goes.