The hunt is on for the Senior Barn Hunt Title between Bailie and Madison. The first hurdle they had to overcome last weekend was turning right for Barn Hunt, and NOT left for the Steak Fry at the McLeod County Fairgrounds. Going into the weekend, neither of them had a leg in Senior. Madison had tried a couple times without success, but it would be Bailie’s first attempts.
Senior is a lot different and more difficult than Open. Suddenly there are four rats to find, a tunnel with 2 – 3 turns, another layer of bales, and only 3 1/2 minutes to accomplish it all. The Open level only has two rats, a 1 turn tunnel, and 2 1/2 minutes. It is not uncommon for dogs to be in the Senior level for 1 – 2 years.
Bailie was first up. Mom didn’t have a lot of goals for the weekend. She wanted to have one of my sisters get a leg during the whole weekend, and she wanted to let my sisters be in charge. This means, she would let them lead searches, and only talk to and make suggestions if the need was there.
This is a video of Bailie’s first Senior run. Mom was blown away by Bailie’s brilliance. She is a very smart dog, but normally, she doesn’t apply herself, and no one ever gets to see what she is really capable of doing. Her first run got her a leg, one of the three she will need to get her Senior Title. Mom kept her end of the bargain not bothering Bailie unless she felt there was a real need, and it worked. The only thing Mom did wrong was she forgot to let Bailie play around with the rat tube for a couple seconds before handing it off.
Madison was up next but didn’t qualify finding only three of the rats. She did qualify on her second run which is the video above. Mom followed the same procedure with her, letting Madison lead the search.
The second day Madison got a Q on her first run of the day, and a first place as well, so she has two of the three legs needed for a title. Bailie had a terrible day. Our old Bailie returned, and she didn’t want to work, so no more Q’s for her. She still needs two for a Senior Title. They will have a couple months until they try this again. In the meantime, we are all going to be busy with a mix of sports until mid-November. Congratulations to my sisters for doing a pretty good job on the weekend working towards their next Barn Hunt Title. Who will end up with the first Senior Title? It could be either of them!