Want a fun new class that doesn’t require a ton of prior training? Barn Hunt may be just the thing for you! Barn Hunt is a fun sport for your dog where they have to use their nose to locate rats (safely enclosed in aerated tubes) hidden in a maze of straw/hay. Since sniffing is such a fun activity for dogs, they love this sport!

Barn Hunt 101 is an introduction to this fun sport. It’s great for handlers or dogs that are brand new to Barn Hunt. It will include an introduction to the rats and will take you through the beginning stages of hunting. Dogs are worked individually in the class and can progress at their own pace. All Barn Hunt classes are taught in the R2 facility in Richardson.

  • Complete Manners 1 or pass a Class Readiness Evaluation
  • Dogs cannot be people aggressive or people reactive
  • Must bring a crate (or crate out of your car) for in between runs
  • Review Be Ready for Group Class and WAGD Policies prior to enrollment.
  • Enrollment – four consecutive 60-minute class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.
  • Class Fee – $120

If no classes are listed below, or if they don’t work for your schedule, contact us (richardson@whatagreatdog.com) to be placed on the “Interest List”. You’ll get first dibs when we add new classes!

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Your Instructors

  • Specialty & Pet Manners Trainer

    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA
    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA joined the WAGD staff in fall 2018. She teaches barn hunt, agility, conformation, rally and manners. She is an AKC CGC, trick, ACT test, temperament test and farm dog evaluator. Gabi competes in a variety of dog sports with her own dogs and has titled in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, lure coursing, dock diving, barn hunt, tricks […]
  • Barn Hunt Trainer

    Nicole Birnbaum
    In 2021, Nicole joined the What A Great Dog team as a Barn Hunt trainer. She has a solid background in training and competing in Barn Hunt and is able to teach all levels.  Nicole is a member of North Texas Barnhunters. She has served on NTB’s Board since 2019 and was on NTB’s National committee in 2018 and 2019. […]
  • Barn Hunt Trainer

    Pam Opanowitz
    Pam joined the WAGD team in 2019, bringing extensive knowledge of both training and competing in Barn Hunt. She has been an integral part of launching Barn Hunt at WAGD. She is teaching all levels of Barn Hunt at WAGD Pam began training and competing in dog sports with her miniature schnauzer Lucy in 2012. Lucy has earned numerous titles […]