Rat practice is always fun, but it is even more fun when you haven’t hunted them for a while! It’s been six weeks since our last barn hunt trial. Mom is afraid the government is going to lock us all up again, so she wanted to get us out for some practice before that happens.
Both of us were over the top excited to be at the rat place again! Madison is working on her last couple Masters legs to get her Masters Champion, and I’m working on Senior to get myself into Masters. Tunnels are always fun, so Olivia had to check that out right away. Getting photos is hard because Mom has to watch us and we are always moving. She can’t use the good camera because she can’t hold on to it in the ring, so the phone is the only option.
The ring set up had a distance challenge so we both practiced that and had no problems with it. In a distance challenge the human can’t go into the area unless a rat is found. It is a test to see if dogs can work on their own away from their person. We both do everything really well on our own.
I got up on top of the bales to sniff around. It is a good place for air scenting up there too. Mom hid some rats up there for one or two of my searches.
This is me finding a rat. I sniff, dig at it, and they try to chew on the tube. I really love it when Mom plays with the tube and I can pretend to catch it. It makes me really wild. I never had any interest in the rat in the tube until about a year ago, and now I love to try to get those guys out, but have not had any success yet.
Olivia is a gently hunter. She is where I used to be, no interest in the actual rat. When she finds one, she very gently puts a paw on it or sniffs it for a second but that is all. In the photo above, she has found a rat.
Once she sniffs or puts a paw on it, she bounces back and gives Mom an alert look. We both searched a lot for the hour and fell asleep on the way home. Last night when we went to bed, Mom accused me of snoring. Normally I don’t snore, so that is saying something about how worn out I was! Rat practice is super fun. I sure hope they don’t cancel our next trial in January, but we will have to wait and see.
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