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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.












About Earthdog Trials

Scent Work Seminar  was held on  on April 7, 2018 at the Equestrian Park.  ​Noseworks  training  was offered  March 31 - April 2 at a separate location. 



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.


The most recent trial was on April 7 - 8, 2018 in Chino Valley, AZ.


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

​​​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.


​Spring Earthdog Trial was held on  April 7 - 8, 2018  at:  Chino Valley Equestrian  Park.


Please check back for information on new events to be held in December 2018.


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​​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 Events are restricted to the breeds below.  








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.

Our April 2018 location is at  Chino Valley Equestrian Parkin Chino Valley, AZ.

What is the Arizona Earthdog Club?




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

About Practices



Breed List For AKC  Events

Welcome to the Arizona Earthdog Club 


When are Trials held?

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Please see Event Information for details about classes and events. 

Arizona Earthdog Club Facebook page

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