Thursday, April 10, 2008

Earthdog Dog Primer I

Hello everydoggie,

Again, I must apologize for our absence. Our mother will NOT relinquish her computer for any amount of time, and I fear that Katherine, Zorra, and I will need to hold a bark treat sale so we may purchase our own!

At any rate, some of you were asking about my experience with Earthdog and what exactly it is. Well, here is the "official description" of this sport:

The purpose of non-competitive Earthdog tests is 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 noncompetitive 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 its quarry, locating and working it underground.

Quarry for EArthdog is a typically a rat. Here, you can see I am getting acquainted with Mr. Rat. We became fast friends, of course. I wanted to follow him everywhere.


Hello, Mr. Rat. I find you very interesting and very intriguing!!

Mr. Rat... I am not sure you should go into this tunnel-like thing. I should try to stop you.


You are just insistent on going in there, aren't you. Well, I shall follow....


Here I come, my new pal! It is a little snug, but I can crawl in right behind.


THERE you are, my good friend. That was fun chasing you through the tunnel.


I certainly had a good time, didn't you?


(note: No rats were harmed in this practice. In fact, they could care less if the dogs were barking and chasing them at all).

Enough for today. I have much more to tell you, including how I went down in the ground tunnel for my new pal!


Clover said...

Hi guys!
Earth dog sounds pretty cool. And you got to meet a rat, Sam?! Sweet!
Love Clover xo

Ferndoggle said...

I think I would be VERY good at this whole earth dog thing. I'm an expert mole finder.


Joe Stains said...

I dunno how interested in a rat I would be, BUT, if they put pizza in that box I would go in that tunnel!

Amber-Mae said...

Hey, I was just watching about Earthdogs on Animal Planet & thought the sport was sooo kewl! You gonna be an Earthdog? That's pawsome! They say terriers are good with this sport...But too bad you can't get to the rat coz they're in cages & you are separated from them by bars right? Hee!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

The Thuglets said...

Fanks for explaining it to us! Perhaps in our diggins we may meeta Mr Rat? We'll keep ya posted!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thuglets +2

Noah the Airedale said...

Gosh if we tried that we'd get stuck for sure though we'd love it give it a go.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Patience-please said...

We're trying to get Earthdog trials at our Kennel Club. We'd like to chase that varmint too, but can we lose the cage?

wags from the whippets

BenTheRotti said...

Rats!! Let me at em!!

Oh.. wait.. no way would my butt fit in that tunnel!
*sigh* back to napping then :(

Ben xxx

Agatha and Archie said...

OMD we are TREMBLING looking at these pics!!!!!!!!!! MAY 10 for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A+A

Jackson said...

There's no way I'd fit in that tunnel. Do they make a larger tunnel for dogs with a fuller physique? J x