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 various locations in Arizona where Valley Fever is not prevalent.

When are Trials held?

What is the Arizona Earthdog Club?

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About Practices

Arizona Earthdog Club Trials are usually held in Fall and Spring at locations in Arizona where Valley Fever is not prevalent. Pre-entries with entry fees must be received in advance of the trial.

NOTE: All trials and practices run by the Arizona Earthdog Club follow the AKC guidelines and rules for these events.

About Earthdog Trials

​Arizona Earthdog Club

Welcome to the Arizona Earthdog Club 

Breed List For AKC  Events


Please see Event Information for details about classes and events. 

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The Arizona Earthdog Club is a group of owners of  terriers, dachshunds, and other ratting breeds or mixes who enjoy watching their dogs compete in AKC Earthdog Trials and other go-to-ground and scenting events. The club’s Trials are held in Arizona locations where Valley Fever is not prevalent. Practices are held at various times prior to Events.

Quite a few AKC Breeds are eligible to compete in Earthdog Trial events: 

  • Dachshunds 
  • Australian Terriers 
  • Bedlington Terriers 
  • Border Terriers 
  • Cairn Terriers 
  • Cesky Terriers 
  • Dandie Dinmont Terriers 
  • Glen of Imaal Terriers
  •  Jagdterriers 
  • Parson Russell Terriers 
  • Lakeland Terriers 
  • Manchester Terriers
  • Miniature Bull Terriers
  • Miniature Dachshunds
  • Miniature Pinschers
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • Norfolk Terriers
  • Norwich Terriers
  • Rat Terriers
  • Russell Terriers
  • Scottish Terriers
  • Sealyham Terriers
  • Silky Terriers
  • Skye Terriers
  • Smooth Fox Terriers
  • Welsh Terriers
  • West Highland Terriers
  • Wire Fox Terriers
  • Yorkshire Terriers

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

​​​​​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.

Scentwork Trial on November 16 and 17, 2019 at Phoenix Childrens Hospital. We will be offering container, interior, exterior, buried and detective - all levels for all AKC breeds. (See Premium for more information).  Looking forward to seeing you all there! 

There is still time to train your dogs over the summer in scentwork.  If you have questions:  email Aleks Woodroffe  at

​​​​​​​​​The Arizona Earthdog Club welcomes any terriers, dachshunds, ratting breeds or mix of these to participate in our Club activities. Some events are open to all terriers, dachshunds, ratting breeds, and mixes, but AKC Earthdog Events are restricted to the breeds below.