Aleta Channell barn hunt instructor
Aleta Channell

Aleta Channell is the owner and Barn Hunt instructor at Bear Creek K9 Sports. Over the last 28 years Aleta has trained and titled her own dogs in Obedience, Flyball, Dock Diving, Agility, Herding, Duck Hunting, Barn Hunt, and NASDA, with her Rottweiler, Labs, Border Collies, and Papillons. She trained in Search & Rescue and conducted in-home dog behavior consultations/training for eight years with a variety of breeds. She is now a CGC Evaluator.

Barn Hunt

Aleta was first introduced to Barn Hunt in 2013 and became certified as a Barn Hunt Judge in April 2015.  In 2017, her Papillon, Gizmo, held the highest number of RATCHX titles for the breed in Barn Hunt with a RATCHX3. Gizmo earned his RATCHX4 by the time he retired.  Her Border Collies excel in Barn Hunt, as well: Buzz – RATCHX28, Zing – RATCHX27, Ripp – RATCHX15, and A-D’L – RATM. She also trains and trials a friend’s Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Hayden, who has earned her RATCHX5.  The current total of RATCHX titles she has earned with her dogs and the Toller is 79. Her border collies, Buzz and Ripp, ranked high in the 2015 & 2016 Barn Hunt National.  


Directing her studies over the years in dog behavior, Aleta successfully completed a 21-day advanced dog training and behavior course covering behavior counseling, behavior modification programs, behavior problems, house‑training, separation anxiety, fears and phobias, dog/dog aggression, and dog/human aggression. Practical training included exercises and training concepts, obedience competition training and handling, tracking, detection, and hearing dog work.


Aleta’s passion is in helping handlers to trust their dogs and become the handler their dog can trust. First and foremost, she is the dogs’ advocate.

Aleta has conducted or hosted the following:

  • Crate Games workshops
  • Dock Diving workshops
  • Barn Hunt Clinics
  • NASDA Clinics

Aleta’s Dogs

RATCHX28 Dixie’s Ewe Herd It Here “Buzz” JHDs, HTAD-1s, HRD-1s, HTD-1s, OFTDs, MX, MXB, MXJ, MXF, REMX8, CZ8P5G, TL-1, UL-1

RATCHX27 FrontRunner’s Racing in the Fast Lane “Zing” NA, NAJ, NF, BCAT, REMX6, CZ8P5S, TL-1, UL-1

JiJin’s Set Fire To The Rain “A-D’L” RATM

Channell’s Can’t Resist the Twist “Twizz” RATO, TL-1

CH Kennrichs Keepsake “Kelsey” TDI (9/18/89 to 8/20/01) 

UCD Kennrichs “Boss” CDX, TDI (3/28/96 to 4/5/07) 

UOCH ASCA-OTCH SR Channell’s Chocolate “Mousse” UDX, JH, MX, MXJ, JJ, FMX, TDI (5/15/97 to 8/20/11) 

Shalyn’s Grand Entry “Splash” MX, MXJ, XF, NJP, SJ, CJ, RATO (10/26/02 to 4/14/18)

RATCHX4 Channell’s Gremlin in Disguise “Gizmo” AX, AXJ, XF (1/10/06 to 6/20/20)

HTCh RATCHX15 JiJin’s Category Five “Ripp” HTAD-IIIs, HRD-IIIs, HTD-IIIs, RLF-Is, STDs, AFTDs, AX, AXJ, MXF, CZ8P (4/26/09 to 4/5/23)