Arizona Earthdog Club
Arizona Earthdog Club Trials are usually held in Fall and Spring in Cottonwood, Arizona at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Pre-entries with entry fees must be received in advance of the trial.
The link to the Premium is posted on this page when it is time to pre-register.
This is the official site for information about the Arizona Earthdog Club. Earthdog is an American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned sport that includes fun events for our dogs and their humans.
If your dog is one of the breeds listed below, you and your pet are welcome to
join the Arizona Earthdog Club.
The Arizona Earthdog Club is a group of terrier and dachshund owners who enjoy watching their dogs compete in Earthdog Trials. The club’s Trials are held in Cottonwood, Arizona every year in April and October, with practices held at various times prior to Trial events.
Earthdog enthusiasts from the Phoenix and Tucson area do not practice by placing their tunnels in the ground as that would expose the dogs to the endemic problem called Valley Fever or coccidioidomycosis (a fungus found in the soil).
When preparing for practices, our local Earthdog group places the liners on top of the ground and covers the joints between the sections with blankets or towels in an effort to darken the maze.
Arizona Earthdog Trials are held in Cottonwood, Arizona which is out of the endemic Valley Fever area.
NOTE: All trials and practices run by the Arizona Earthdog Club follow the AKC guidelines and rules for these events.
Quite a few AKC Breeds are eligible to compete in Earthdog Trial events:
In addition, dogs with a PAL number may be able to compete in Earthdog Trial events. Please contact the American Kennel Club for information on obtaining a PAL number.
Please see Earthdog Trial Information for details about classes and events.