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.

Estrella Mountain Regional Park 14805 W Vineyard Ave., Goodyear AZ

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When are Trials held?

What is the Arizona Earthdog Club?

Welcome to the Arizona Earthdog Club 

About Practices

​​​​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.

​Fun Day on December 9, 2018 at Estrella Mountain Park from 11am to 4pm. Come on out and have your dog's photo taken with Santa. Lure coursing, Scent Work, and also some Earthdog tunnels will be available. $7  fee to enter the park. Tickets required for Events - $5 per dog per Event - includes a snack voucher. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


​​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.  

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.

About Earthdog Trials

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Breed List For AKC  Events


Please see Event Information for details about classes and events. 

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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.

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