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Get active and have fun with your dog

Stop playing with your electronic gizmo, and do something real!

You think your dog wants to lie on the floor watching you update your Facebook profile? Of course not! Your dog wants to be out in the world doing fun and interesting things with you. Break out of your electronic stupor and do yourself a favour: Sign up for one (or better still) a variety of our exciting events. You will not believe how fun you can have with your dog.

Barn Hunt

Save the date:
Saturday September 15, 2018
Sunday September 16, 2018
Location: Terra Cotta, Ontario

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Obedience Trials

Trial dates pending
Stay tuned!
Location: TBA

Details coming soon

CGN Test

Get your dog's
Canine Good Neighbour title
Details coming in 2019
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Details coming soon

Barn Hunt Workshop

Monday August 6th 2018
This event will sell out
quickly. Register NOW!
Location: Terra Cotta, Ontario

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What is barn hunt?

For hundreds of years itinerant ‘rat catchers’ travelled the countryside ridding barns and properties of vermin, thus helping to conserve food grains and prevent disease. The Barn Hunt Association has created a sanctioned sport based on this traditional dog work for all dogs, not just terriers. In this new sport, dogs locate rats (safely enclosed in aerated tubes) hidden in a straw/hay bale maze. It will test your dog’s scenting ability, speed, agility and sure-footedness. Open to any and all dogs who can fit through an 18" wide by approx 20-22" high tunnel made of straw or hay bales.

Barn Hunt trial this coming weekend... Don't miss it!
Gate entries taken each morning up to 8:30 AM

Our Barn Hunt trial will be this coming weekend, Saturday September 15th and Sunday September 16th. BE THERE!

Your comfort and convenience are very important to us. We are going to continue with many of the contests and initatives that made our 2017 Barn Hunt so successful, including the giant tent to keep our competitors and spectators warm, dry, and shady. One judge has been selected: Kim Kern from Michigan. We have heard great things about Kim and are confident that her courses will be interesting and a fun to work in. She is excited about her first Canadian assignment. Click here for the Premium List. Limited entry.

Barn hunt workshop - Monday August 6, 2018

Our June Barn Hunt workshop was so popular, and sold out so quickly, that it is back. Unfortunately we could not squeeze it into a weekend, but, we are doing our best to give enthusiasts the opportunity to practice, especially for those who missed our last event. Take the day off work and come out! This will give participants a chance to prepare just before our Barn Hunt trial. Click here for details!

This is an Introductory Workshop to the Sport of Barn Hunt. Your dog will start to learn what the quarry smells like, work on climbing the straw bales and tunneling skills. We will focus on marking the quarry and handling techniques. All this helps prepare you for your first trial, by explaining procedures and the Barn Hunt rules. Limited to 12 dogs ONLY. Enroll today to avoid disappointment. Workshop attendees MUST pre-register.

Barn hunt practice 'n' go - Monday August 6, 2018

Practice the skills that you learned in the Workshop or prepare for the next Barn Hunt Trial. Our Show 'N' Go is for dogs with a solid understanding of finding a rat and is perfect for dogs that are trialing or very close to trialing in Barn Hunt. This is great for perfecting technique and working on skills!

We presume that the dog has had a rat intro or workshop.

The event will simulate a real trial. Courses will be set from Instinct thru Master class; no titles will be awarded. Dogs do NOT need a Barn Hunt registration number to enter. Dogs may enter any level (class) and enter more than one once to a MAXIMUM of two times. This gives the dog and the competitor lots of opportunities to experience new levels and practice in a trial environment. Click here for details!

Our workshop offers a Training opportunity for the Barn Hunt beginner to seasoned veteran. This is for dogs with an understanding of finding a rat and is perfect for dogs who are trialing or very close to trialing in Barn Hunt. Here you can perfect technique and work on skills! Starting with Instinct class we will then go to Novice class and continue up to Master level class.

Preregisteration is RECOMMENDED, but gate entries will be taken. Its cheaper to pre-register too! Limited entry of 100 runs.


Our spring obedience trials

Thanks for attending our 2018 Trials - see you in 2019!

Thanks to our volunteers, judges and exhibitors for making our spring 2018 obedience and rally trials a smashing success! We would also like to thank breed clubs and Swansea members who donated breed prizes and funds in support of our trophy fund. Thanks also to the folks at Campaign Dog Academy, in Georgetown, Ontario who provided their venue for our event.

Congratulations to all who were able to get qualifying legs, and/or group placements.

Date for our next trial to be announced late 2018.

Looking to register for one of our awesome classes? Your dog will love you for it.