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.
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.
Arizona Earthdog Club
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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:
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.
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 Scentwork.email@example.com
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.