Western Pennsylvania Earthdog Club

The Western Pennsylvania Earthdog Club was established in 2003 to promote Earthdog training and trials that develop and test a dog’s hunting and working abilities.

The purpose of non-competitive Earthdog tests are to offer breeders and owners of small terriers and Dachshunds a standardized gauge to measure their dogs' natural aptitude and trained hunting and working behaviors when exposed to an underground hunting situation. The non-competitive program begins with a basic introduction to “den work and quarry” and progresses through gradual steps to require the dog to demonstrate that it is willing to perform the required tasks, including seeking and locating its quarry underground. Fear not, rodent lovers: The rats are safely caged and are not harmed. In fact, many participants keep rats as pets for use in Earthdog trials.


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Why join the Western Pennsylvania Earthdog Club?

Earthdog is an event growing in popularity among Dachshunds and Terriers. However, reaching their goal to achieve “Rat-itude” requires practice. Membership in the Western Pennsylvania Earthdog Club gives your dog the ability to practice and develop their natural talent. The club holds monthly meetings from April through October with Earthdog practices held immediately following. As a member of The Western Pennsylvania Earthdog Club you will be promoting the advancement of the Earthdog sport, while also helping your dog develop the skills for which they were bred. Learn more about becoming a member.

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