Heart of the Plains Kennel Club to host Lubbock's first Barn Hun

Heart of the Plains Kennel Club to host Lubbock's first Barn Hunt Trials

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

 A fairly new dog sport is gaining popularity across the country, including in Lubbock.

On Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, the Heart of the Plains Kennel Club is hosting the city's first Barn Hunt Association licensed Barn Hunt Trials. The sport is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns and homes of rats and other pests. It is a chance for breeders to test working traits in their dogs.

"We plant rats in all of these bales of hay and cover them up," Ann Humphreys, with heart of the Plains Kennel Club said. "They're secured in a PVC pipe with holes in it. So, (the rats) are pretty happy in there, and the dogs can't actually get them. Then the dogs go in and, using their noses, they find them. So it's a lot of fun for them."

Barn Hunt has titles, levels of increasing difficulty and championships. It is an independent sport, but titles are recognized by the American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club.

The trials are happening Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Texas Tech Animal Sciences Arena. Approximately 150 purebred and mixed breed dogs, locally and from surrounding states, will be competing at this event.

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