Barn Hunt




Coming to Zodiac Ranch

See upcoming dates below


Barn hunt is an exciting new dog sport where dogs use their vermin hunting instincts to search through a course of straw bales and signal their owner when a rat target is found.  Rats are encased in a secure tube and are not harmed in any way.


These training sessions are geared to introducing you and your dog to the exciting new sport of Barn Hunt.

Training session #1- Intro to Barn Hunting - If your dog is new to Barn Hunt, this is where you need to start.  You will introduce your dog to the rat, tunnels and climbing on bales.

Training Session 2- Instinct and Novice Training - Build on your skills learned in the Intro class, and teach your dog how to work and search for the hidden rat in a course of straw bales.  This class is for dogs that are working on their basic Barn Hunt skills,looking for one rat, and tunnels and climbs.

Training Session 3 - Open Training- As dogs progress in their skills, they need to learn to search for two rats at a time and do more complex tunnels and climbs.   Over the last few weeks we have started having people with the advanced dogs do all their practice runs at the same time, instead of taking turns throughout the hour.  So I am going to try for awhile having a two hour time frame for Open dogs, and each dog will get a 20 minute time slot, to do as many runs as possible during that time.  Many dogs get tired by the end of the 20 minutes, but if you are driving from a long distance, or have extra things to work on, like tunnels or ciimbs, you could sign up for an additional 20 minute session.    When I send your confirmation letter, I will assign you your 20 minute time slot, so you do not have to stay the whole 2 hours.   Price is still $12.00

Class size will be kept small so the dogs will get plenty of practice time, The safety of the dogs, rats and handlers are of paramount importance.  All breeds and mixed breeds are welcome. 

Sign up now for the following sessions,  At my new website


 where Stars are born

Barn Hunt trials being scheduled for 2015

May 15-16 - Zodiac Ranch, Milford MI

May 23-24 - Kalamazoo - Ellen Hizer

May 23-24 - Dog Bowl - Frankenmuth

June 12,13,14 - UKC Premier

Aug 1&2 - Marshall MI

Aug 15-16 - Davisburg MI

or email to request a mail- in form to pay by check.  

For more information on the Barn Hunt sport visit

Thanks Ashley for the Agility class last fall.  Watch for spring classes.

Beginning Agility at Zodiac Ranch with Ashley Kutzli and her dog Crossbones. Click to for all the details.

$12.00 per attendee/ dog team, only 5 working spots per one hour session for Intro & Novice. If bringing a second dog, sign up for a second one hour session. You can work more than one dog, in a one hour session. Each dog takes a turn in the training area, so you can set up your crates for your second dog, and swap them around while someone else is taking their turn. Classes take place in our unheated barn, so dress for the weather. If you are new to Barn Hunt, you can sign up for back to back sessions 1 & 2. If you have attended a workshop or training session 1 previously, you may go straight to Session 2.