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Tailwaggers Barn Hunt at Pirate Cluster

Tailwaggers Barn Hunt Club brought rats and dogs together for a fun time.

AKC Pirate Cluster, St Lucie, Florida

(extended photo feature at end of article)

St. Lucie County Fair, FL 2019 Pirate Cluster hosted by the Treasure Coast Kennel Club (TCKC). Only in it's second year, the "Pirate Cluster" has grown to be one of the South Easts most popular events and this year Christine Segedin returned as the cluster host with a dream team of only six to manage over a hundred volunteers, dozens of vendors and multiple organizations required for such a combined show of this sort. Part Three of our extended Pirate Cluster 2019 Feature


BHA/AKC Barn Hunt at the 2019 Pirate Cluster

Tailwaggers Inc.

Dogs and rats having fun together.


Barn Hunt

Barn Hunt is committed to creating a safe and fun sport for dogs, that also holds rat care at the highest level of consideration. The rats used in Barn Hunt are beloved family pets. They jump eagerly into their safe, comfortable aerated tubes and truly enjoy interacting with the dogs. (BHA)

One of the most popular dog sports in decades to emerge has been the Barn Hunt. Thousands around N. America and beyond have discovered this incredibly fun game for all breeds.

For many dogs, this game is as natural as chasing a tennis ball and with clubs across Florida, access to the sport is growing by leaps and bounds.


Rat Catchers” have been critical in the history of mankind. Both protecting humans and livestock from disease in both rural and urban settings. However, the rats in this case are carefully protected in shielded tubes and as loved by their owner as the dogs.


Barn Hunt tests the nose, speed, agility, and surefootedness of dogs that have a history of above-ground vermin hunting,” - Robin Nuttall, founder of the Barn Hunt Association

With categories to reflect and include teams of every skill level, Barn Hunt also incorporates various “games” to provide a challenge and entertainment to handler and dog alike. Tailwaggers Learning Center hosted this part of the Cluster and was so popular it was the last to finish late on Sunday. The club started in 1994 and has 80+ regular members and almost ten times as many online on Facebook. Based West Palm Beach, with classes and events in Agility and Obedience, and obviously Barn Hunt too.


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Veterans with Disabilities:

Barn Hunt is easily one of the most welcoming games for those with special needs or disabilities. All of the organizers we have spoken to to, from founder Robin Nuttall to local clubs have been eager and to point out that the game is for everyone. There can be complications with certain courses, but we have seen time and again a willingness to accommodate the game for all dogs and humans alike.

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Please feel free to contact me at info@badazzdogz.net or the organizations linked in the article or at end of article if you are a 1st responder or military veteran and have specific questions. I wil do my best to direct you to the best sources to answer or answer those I can.


Tailwaggers Learning Center in Palm Beach, FL offers frequent Barn Hunt Trials and keeps an active schedule posted on their page. (More Information Below)

At Tailwaggers, we are devoted to teaching you and your dog how to live and work together in a happy home.


Wrapping Up

Barn Hunt takes the inherit drive of dogs to hunt out things and combines it with a fun focused and very safe game. The simplicity of the concept hides the incredible work and passion organizers have for both the sport and the community. There's a deep sense of camaraderie and the doors is always open!

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AKC Pirate Cluster 10-13 October 2019

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More Information:

Tailwaggers Inc.

- https://www.tailwaggers.org/

Phone: (914) 372-1002

E-Mail: info@TailwaggersInc.com


Barn Hunt Association

- https://www.barnhunt.com


All BHA Clubs Find one near you! - https://www.barnhunt.com/clublist.html

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