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I have some paperwork here that indicates there some kind of activity for dogs called "Earthdog" ... what is this? It's on a list with other dog activities such as obedience trials, rally etc so it does appear to be another activity, I've never heard this one before. Thanks!
 

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Diggers, varmint eradicators, ratters, most often small terriers...
activities include timed tunnel runs and the like, stuff that imitates
what their original breed work was, before they came inside as
pampered pets.
 

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Earthdog = fun :) I know more than you will ever want to know about it! I will try and keep it short lols.

The two most commen places to play is the AWTA (American Working Terrier Association) http://www.dirt-dog.com/awta/ and AKC - http://www.akc.org/events/earthdog/

Earthdog is for terriers and dachunds that can fit down a 9" by 9" tunnel. The first level - Junior Earthdog - the tunnel is 30' long with two 90 degree turns with a caged rat at the end.
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The rat is very safe and most of the rats are very used to dogs and know that the dog can not get to them.

This is a typical layout for the tunnels
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The owner is allowd to walk up to the tunnels so far and must not go beyond a marked point - put the dog down - then you have to stand there and be quiet - the dog must go into the tunnel by it's self and does everything on it's own (on the one hand that is the cool thing about it for the owner - you just stand there and the dog does all the work). The dog has a set amount of time it must go though the tunnels. Then it must bark, dig, etc. at the rat for so many seconds. It takes two legs to get a Junior Earthdog title. Then once you have your JE you got for your Senior Earthdog then you Master Earthdog - each level gets harder.

Off the AKC website on the breeds that are elegible to play in AKC. (AWTA - if your dog can fit down the tunnel you can play)

Earthdog
Eligible Breeds

All dogs six months of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Earthdog Events.

AKC Recognized Breeds
•Australian Terrier
•Bedlington Terrier
•Border Terrier
•Cairn Terrier
•Dachshund
•Dandie Dinmont Terrier
•Glen of Imaal Terrier
•Lakeland Terrier
•Manchester Terrier
•Miniature Bull Terrier
•Miniature Schnauzer
•Norfolk Terrier
•Norwich Terrier
•Parson Russell Terrier
•Scottish Terrier
•Sealyham Terrier
•Silky Terrier
•Skye Terrier
•Smooth Fox Terrier
•Welsh Terrier
•West Highland White Terrier
•Wire Fox Terrier

Foundation Stock Service Breeds
•Cesky Terrier
•Rat Terrier
•Russell Terrier


•Dogs of these breeds recorded with the Purebred Alternative Listing Program/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) or dogs with Conditional registration are eligible to participate.
•Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to participate.
•Monorchid or cryptorchid males are eligible to participate.
•Bitches in season are not eligible to participate.
•Blind and/or deaf dogs may not participate.
•Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.
 

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Very cool!

I wonder if mixes are allowed to participate in such events, Senna would be awsome at this!
 

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Your Senna can do the AWTA events - I know several people who breed cross bred terriers (don't get me started on that topic!) and that do the AWTA events with them. It is a lot of fun.


Strong dog - I know several people with den terriers that are too big (they are oversize for their breeds) and they are planning on doing this - I hope it will get going good as it is a lot of fun and a place for the larger terriers to play.
 

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I've done Earthdog with my JRT's and actually want to do it with my Cairn, they actually do it everyday in and around my barn, the barking at these things is insane, you have all these terriers going bonkers trying to go first, it's quite hilarious, I was at Petco last month and happened to have my JRT with me, I was talking to a dog photographr and all of a sudden my JRT broke away taking off and leaped on a display table showcasing a habitrail living section for rats, the big rat had evidently scrambled up this pipe and Riley my dog saw him, he knocked the table over with the rat and it crashed down on a Nutro dogfood display, THANK GOD the rat stayed in a safe section, can you imagine if my Jack tore it apart in front of all the shoppers ? I was SO EMBARASSED!!! Riley was sreaming and barking as I clutched him in my arms, I'll tell you the drive to kill vermin in these little dogs is INTENSE!
 
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