What on Earth is Earthdog?

Interacting physically with Earthdog

Small dogs are quite energetic, especially those that were bred to hunt and catch animals. Terrier and dachshund dog types were formerly employed as hunting dogs to track animals both above and below ground. When the hunter cornered his prey, these dogs would bark to alert them. The majority of these dogs, nevertheless, are no longer used for hunting. They are more usually observed being loved pets who reside in houses. However, the impulse is still there. They continue to enjoy barking and digging in the yard or garden. They can’t be trained to control this impulse, but you can utilize these skills to your advantage in Earthdog trials, classes, and competitions.

Earthdog has a lot to offer these tiny hunting dogs. It enables them to use their instincts in a way that benefits both the dogs and the owners, giving them a wonderful outlet for their pent-up energy. Additionally, by clearly establishing the owner as the leader of the partnership, training helps to enhance the bond between a dog and his owner.

The official Earthdog Trials are organized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Junior Earthdog, Senior Earthdog, and Master Earthdog are the three levels of Earthdog trials offered by the organization.

Dogs Can Enter Earthdog Trials

The following breeds of dogs are eligible to compete in the AKC’s Earthdog Trials:

  • Amercian Terrier
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Cross-country dog
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Prague Terrier
  • Dachshund
  • Dandie Dinmont, the tyrant
  • a Glenn Imaal Terrier
  • Isle of Lakes Terrier
  • Terrier of Metropolitan
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Terrier of Virginia
  • Norwich Terrier
  • Terrier de Russell
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Dog from Sealyham
  • the thin terrier
  • Skye Terriers
  • tolerant Fox terrier
  • Terrier Ratter
  • Terrier of Rutherford
  • Highland Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier

Overview of Earthdog

If this is your first time competing at Earthdog, there are specific courses that will get your dog ready for the competition. The Introduction To Quarry level is a great location to learn about these trails and introduces your dog to the training in a warm, comfortable environment.

Even if your dog is a natural hunter, training may still be necessary to help him focus and develop new skills that will help him in the Earthdog Trials.

What Happens to Dogs During These Trials?

Earthdog dogs are evaluated on their capacity to enter the den, make their way through a labyrinth of turns and tunnels to the quarry (prey), and then control the quarry. As the dog progresses through the phases, the challenges get harder.

The three-sided lined homes are constructed from several mud excavations. These den liners have a wooden roof, wooden walls, and bare dirt for a floor. The dens are made safe, so there is no worry that they would collapse. The testing requirements vary depending on the level. For instance, your dog is just starting out and the den is only three meters long with one turn. By the time your dog reaches the Masters level, the tunnel is more than nine meters long and has multiple bends, exits, phony dens, a constriction, and an obstruction. He will have a challenging assignment to complete!

To learn more about Earthdog trials and competitions, go to the American Kennel Club website.

By DogCareTips.Net

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