Jake with his stash of Buckthorn roots!!
"Jake" earned the first RATCHX in the history of the Barn Hunt on July 27, 2014, at Waukesha, WI. Rat Champion Excellent requires that a dog earn 25 Master legs total, including the 5 earned in the RATM and the 10 earned in the RATCH! He subsequently earned another 10 legs to earn his RATCHX2 (CLICK HERE to see the facts of this journey) in October 2014 and his RATCHX3 in July 2015! In 2015, our focus turned to Dock Jumping and he is competing in the venues of Dock Dogs, NADD and Pier Pups where he has a personal best of 16'6" in Big Air (earning a Junior title and an invitation to Worlds) and 9.330 seconds in Speed Retrieve! In 2016 Jake earned his RATCHX4 in Barn Hunt, a Speed Retrieve title from Dock Dogs and is now a Nosework junkie where he has earned in 2 years his UKC Elite title!
Sunday, March 29, 2020
So what did you do in the rain this morning? Jake had a blast showing off his talent of digging up buckthorn trees(invasive) in our woods! He eventually succeeded in getting out the roots that he was pulling in this video! This was one of about 3 or 4 he pulled out that were 4-5 feet tall. I locate one, kick the dirt and leaves away from the base and then after taking a huge sniff to determine that it really is buckthorn, he digs down to the roots before grabbing and pulling them out. They must have a distinctive odor and he also knows enough to pull the roots where there are no thorns.