kpeck
We have 5 of 10 legs to a RATCH, so we made it this far. Lately, I call clear when there's one more rat -- dog finds 4, there are 5; dog finds 2, there are 3. I let him cruise the course one final time when I think he's done and we've covered (I thought) all the hidey-holes. Since it's always the handler's fault, what am I missing?
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Colin Ratcliffe BHAJ-246A
You are missing a rat!  🙂 🙂  

Sorry - just couldn't help myself with this comment!
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Liz Hawkins BHAJ-164A
Get a video recording  of some of your runs. My dog had several subtle signals- re-checking where a rat had been found, fenceline running, slowing down. It's easy to overlook these while running but if you can be aware of what his "tells" are, you should be able to understand the "All clear" better. 
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LindaInBend
I actually "cruise" the course 2 times, going clockwise, then counter-clockwise, to see if there was a scent that was missed. What are some of our alerts? We are more likely to be clear if he tunnels. His breathing and intensity change if he has found all the rats. As we start, if he's super intense there are more rats on course, if he's casual, then only one or two. Other IWRs have given me the best clues!
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Jeanne
I watch everywhere my dog goes, if she missed a place I go stand next to it.  Once I feel she has covered the course, I let her run around it another time or two and then call clear.  Missing one or more than that is going to happen from time to time no matter what.  It's always a balance between calling too soon or waiting too long and her hitting on a dirty tube.   Maybe just try having a little more patience and wait a little longer before calling clear.
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Jennifer Giacchi BHAJ-242B
Video video video. 🙂

Reviewing that will let you know if your dog is running over the rat and indicating on that last rat, if you are just missing or ignoring your dog’s indication, if it’s just a legitimate missed rat (ie dog never went over there), you are just calling too soon etc.

How to fix depends on what the issue actually is!

I would be happy to review videos for you to help, if you have them.
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JulieE

All dogs are different but I find with my enthusiastic Hunter I’m better off leaving one on course than searching too long. Inevitably a litter will be hit with all the enthusiasm of a rat in a clear tube. 

I have learned to watch more closely in order to know what areas may have not been throughly searched. And very subtly take him over there. 

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kpeck
You are missing a rat!  🙂 🙂  

Sorry - just couldn't help myself with this comment!


No apology needed! I know it's always the handler's fault!
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kpeck
LindaInBend wrote:
I actually "cruise" the course 2 times, going clockwise, then counter-clockwise, to see if there was a scent that was missed. What are some of our alerts? We are more likely to be clear if he tunnels. His breathing and intensity change if he has found all the rats. As we start, if he's super intense there are more rats on course, if he's casual, then only one or two. Other IWRs have given me the best clues!


Good idea to cruise two different ways. I'll try that.
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kpeck
Video video video. 🙂

Reviewing that will let you know if your dog is running over the rat and indicating on that last rat, if you are just missing or ignoring your dog’s indication, if it’s just a legitimate missed rat (ie dog never went over there), you are just calling too soon etc.

How to fix depends on what the issue actually is!

I would be happy to review videos for you to help, if you have them.


Thanks! I'll get someone to video next time. That way, we'll have a video to study why a rat was missed or a video of our success!
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skautdog
I'm new to this wonderful sport (we   have on leg for Senior on my first Barn Hunt dog, Kion). All of the advice is a menu I might need in the future. Thanks!
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kpeck
JulieE wrote:

All dogs are different but I find with my enthusiastic Hunter I’m better off leaving one on course than searching too long. Inevitably a litter will be hit with all the enthusiasm of a rat in a clear tube. 

I have learned to watch more closely in order to know what areas may have not been throughly searched. And very subtly take him over there. 

"Subtly" is a good idea. I have definitely talked him into hitting a litter tube that he showed interest in, but not his usually definitive there's-a-rat indication!

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Marie Doremus BHAJ-241B
As said previously: Video, video, video!  It is the best tool in Barn Hunt!  I video every run.  I've learn that my dog starts looking up at me when she thinks she's done.  I've learned that the one she missed was because two were next to each other and after she found one, we both thought that area was clear.  You'll learn if the rat left was down wind and the dog had to be right on it to smell it.  And it's better to call clear than run out of time!
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