I’m sure you’ve read the rules (and your judge will go over the basics at the briefing), but, make sure you don’t have a cell phone in the ring or in the blind (at the last trial I was in, a novice competitor had a qualifying run until a friend outside the ring handed her back her cell phone just before she exited. Automatic NQ. Another competitor forgot she had her cell phone in her back pocket. NQ’ed a qualifying run.)
Be sure to hand your leash/collar to the gate steward (don’t throw on the ground).
You can have treats in the blind but not in the ring.
When you’re in the blind, you can’t talk to passers by.
Don’t touch your dog or a straw bale (or step over a bale) except when retrieving the rat tube or restraining your dog after finding the rat.
Bring a sheet to cover your crate, especially at an indoor trial where crating space is usually at a premium.
Volunteer - barn hunts are always looking for volunteers, you can learn a lot, and usually get a free lunch, too.
Potty your dog before entering the blind!
Have fun and don’t forget to praise your dog (even if they don’t find the rat, the judge will show you where the rat is hidden so your dog has a positive experience before leaving the ring.)
Last edited by dogma; 08-26-2018 at 08:53 PM.