Valley Dog earns Masters Barn Hunt title
A Valley dog earned a prestigious distinction this week due to its efforts in the growing sport of “Barn Hunt.”
Bella, belonging to Valley resident Inger Hotho, became the first Labrador retriever in the country to earn a Masters title in Barn Hunt.
Barn Hunt highlights the role of dogs in ridding barns, homes and properties of vermin. The sport is open to any dog that can fit through a tunnel 18 inches wide and 22 inches high.
Competing canines navigate an obstacle course in a barn-like setting with straw or hay bales used to construct climbing and tunneling challenges. The dogs must find and mark a set number of rats while they are timed. Rats are safely confined in aerated PVC tubes to avoid being harmed during the course of competition.
Bella, who is also actively involved in Splash Dogs competitions, has been training with Liz Carter, from Revolution Dog Sports and the new owner of Carson Canine, since last Fall.
For more information on Barn Hunt and its upcoming events, visit http://www.barnhunt.com.
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