Barn Hunt is a game of hide and seek for dogs that love to use their hunting instincts by actively using their sense of smell, hearing, and sight.
Barn Hunt is the new and quickly growing dog sport catching fire across the country! Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. Some breeds were specifically created to fill this role, and for many of those breeds, Barn Hunt provides their first true opportunity for responsible breeders to test proper working traits in their dogs. Barn Hunt is also open to any dog of any breed or mix who wishes to play the game and can fit through an 18” wide by bale-height tall tunnel. Barn Hunt has titles, levels of increasing difficulty, and championships. Barn Hunt is an independent sport, but titles are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the United Kennel Club (UKC), and the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).
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.
We’re a great sport for older dogs, and older people too! Tripod dogs can compete, and so can deaf dogs. We hope you try it, we think you’ll like it!
For more information and history of the sport, there is a great new book available called: Barn Hunt by Eva Raczka and Deb.M.Eldredge,DMV .
Because it’s fun! We love to have fun with dogs and people of all ages! Barn Hunt is a family friendly sport welcome to all! Explore the bond between you and your pet! Even though Barn Hunt requires no training, it is important to learn the rules to the game, so you and your dog can fully enjoy the activity. Barn Hunt is a very low impact activity that puts no physical pressure on both humans and dogs. It is perfect for older dogs! Whether you are training professionally or just having fun, we offer different programs to fit everyone’s needs and experience levels!
Barn Hunt at Stonehedge Kennel
Stonehedge Kennel now offers Barn Hunt to all our boarding or day care guests! You can sign up at the front desk at check in. $20/session. This is another great activity that your dog can enjoy during their visit. It’s a great way for your dog to unwind all year round. Your dog will love to have fun in the barn with Sylvain!
Stonehedge offers: classes, clinics and trials! (See list of events below)
How to use the Create an Barn Hunt Entry form fonction on the official Barn Hunt Site
Meet Our Instructors
Leila Anichini, Barn Hunt Judge
Leila breeds, shows and competes with Whippets, Labradors and Brussels Griffons, both in the USA and internationally. She has experience in conformation, lure coursing (AKC, ASFA) racing, NOTRA ,CWA rally (AKC and APDT obedience, agility (AKC,USDAA,UKI, CPE And TEA CUP), nose-work, dock diving (NADD) and Barn Hunt.
Leila has produced many confirmation and field champions that have competed at a very high level both in the states and overseas. Some of most memorable accomplishments of Leila’s dog competition career are:
2003 # 2 ASFA Lure Coursing Whippet.
2009 BOB and Gillette Whippet winner at the ASFA International Invitational for Lure Coursing.
2011 World Winner Whippet and BOB Whippet at the French National.
2014 Winner of the Versatility Competition at The Whippet National.
2015 National Round Silver medalist at the UKI US Open Agility with her Labrador.
Leila has actively competed with all four breeds of dogs across different sports. She is known for her versatility in her bloodline, and cross competing between Confirmation, Lure Coursing, Barn Hunt and Dock Diving. She believes in the beauty and strength for her dogs.
Leila fell in love with Barn Hunt after the first try. She had discovered another new way to bond and have fun with her dogs! Leila is currently competing in Barn Hunt with 4 different breeds. So far she hold 4 Master Titles RATM, 1 RATCH , 1 RACHX4 Platinum Crazy 8’s with her labradors, open titles RATO with her whippet, RATS and RACHX 18 with her borders Collies Platinum 5 Bronze Level Crazy 8’s with her Border Collie. Leila has created her own Barn Hunt Club, Her Barn Hunt club is attached to her family owned and operated full service boarding, day care, grooming, and training center, Stonehenge Kennel, “The Dog Resort” which she runs with her son, Sylvain. Her kennel, like her career, is more than ordinary.
Leila is passionate about sharing her knowledge of dogs, and their sports. She loves helping people understand their dogs and creates the best working team possible, whatever the venue. Leila has a unique style, a larger than life personality, and enjoys working with all breeds and people alike!
Sylvain Anichini : Owner and partner of Stonehedge Barn Hunt
Sylvain Anichini was born in Paris, France. He came to The United States to follow a path in engineering, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NJIT. While going to school, he regularly worked at his family owned and operated full service grooming shop, where he assisted his mother, Leila Anichini in grooming and training. After finishing school, dogs became a larger part of his life. He expanded his knowledge of canine behavioral studies and decided to make it his passion, then later, his career .
He opened Stonehedge Kennel with his mother Leila in 1999 and for the past 20 years has been a dog specialist, from boarding, grooming, training, breeding and behavioral studies. Over the years he has been hands on working every day with every temperament, breed, age, and sized dog imaginable. It wasn’t a surprise when he decided to open Stonehedge Barn Hunt alongside his mother Leila. Since its creation he has used his 20 plus years of experience to host many successful Barn Hunt Club trials and seminars at Stonehedge Kennel.
His training method has been the core of many titles that The Stonehedge Team holds in the sport of Barn Hunt. Learn more about his method on our training page!
Our ring is one large enclosed heated and air conditioned, matted ring. We have over 80 bales of hay, plenty of parking and our property is completely fenced in. We have multiple shaded exercise pens, and a large staging area. Our spectator area is home to our unique “Stonehedge Cafe”, where during trials, people meet with other exhibitors and spectators. Make the trial even more fun by enjoying lunch and watching other teams compete on our 64” TV. Its a great way to learn from others and become an expert on the rules for all levels! Oh….. and our ratinettes are the best, coolest rats around!
Stonehedge is a family owned and operated small kennel. A Mother and Son venture that started 20 years ago to provide a place where the dogs wwill feel happy, meet doggy friends , run, swim, as well as give piece of mind to their owners when they go away .