Barn Hunt is a newly developed canine sport that was designed to allow dogs that were traditionally employed as pest control on farms or ships a way to satisfy their instincts without being exposed to toxins or diseases that might be found in wild rodents. Hay bales are set up in a maze for the dogs to search for rodents. The rats that are used are generally pets that have been conditioned to be comfortable in their specially designed safety tubes, even with dogs pawing at it. While Stabyhouns were not bred specifically for the purpose of hunting rodents, it is one they took to quite readily, and in the Netherlands they often provided pest control for multiple farms, netting their owners a little extra income.
Stabyhoun breed dogs are known as velcro dogs, and they like to be near their owner as often as possible, sometimes becoming nervous when their chosen people are not nearby. The childhood favorite of hide and seek can easily be modified to entertain your pup and playing this game not only stimulates your dog’s mind, but it can also help to reassure your canine companion that just because you happen to be out of sight, does not mean you are gone. As an added bonus, this particular activity doesn’t cost you anything more as a pet parent than your time and attention.
The dog sport of Rally Obedience, often referred to simply as Rally O, was originally developed by Charles L Kramer, a dog trainer and retired professor emeritus of biology and mycology from Kansas State University, from a type of freestyle and warmup exercise known as doodling. The sport is based on obedience training but resembles agility training in that the competing teams base their circuit on signs posted at designated stations rather than waiting for the judge’s instructions. Stabyhouns may occasionally be difficult to train, but it is well worth the work as they are quite intelligent and consistent and positive training will help them to be a happier and better behaved canine companion.