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Earthdog Seminar for Handlers and Judges

Argus Ranch for Dogs
35612 212th Way SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Puget Sound Earthdog Club is proud to host an AKC Earthdog Seminar for Judges & Handlers on Friday, July 12, 2019, at Argus Ranch in Auburn, WA. These seminars are few and far between, so you won't want to miss this one. The seminar will be followed by two days of Earthdog tests in nearby Kent WA.

This seminar is very useful for people fairly new to Earthdog who want to learn more about the tests as well as those who are thinking about becoming an Earthdog judge. And of course, it is great for those of us longtime earthdoggers as a refresher on the rules.

The seminar will be presented by Jo Ann Frier-Murza, the AKC Field Representative for Earthdog. Jo Ann has been active in Terrier and Dachshund den trials since 1972. In 1993 she worked with AKC to establish the sport of Earthdog and has hosted and judged numerous tests. She authored the book Earthdog Ins & Outs, 2nd Ed.

This seminar is a classroom presentation and discussion followed optionally by the judge’s test. Anyone who attends the seminar can take the test; there is no additional charge for taking the test.

A light lunch, coffee, and water will be provided. Other dietary needs should be self-provided.

We will not be working any dogs at the seminar. There will be a Friday evening Earthdog practice at our nearby Earthdog test site in Kent just 20 minutes away as well as two days of Earthdog tests to follow.

Seminar starts: 8:00 am (promptly)
Lunch Break: 12:00-12:30 (approximately)
Finish: 3:30 pm (approximately, depending on discussions)
Judge's Test Administration: 3:30 – 4:30

Seminar Cost: $30 per person if paid by June 22nd. $45 per person if paid after that date.
Registration Form: may be found here.
Seminar Contact: Michele Luther, for further information.

July 12 Practice

The Whall’s
30903 186th Place SE
Kent, WA 98042

A practice session is planned on the Friday leading into our Summer tests from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

There will be a bring-your-own-meat-for-the-grill dinner (everything else provided) on the back porch after the practice.

Email for more information.

Summer Tests

The Whall’s
30903 186th Place SE
Kent, WA 98042
AKC Event Numbers
2019525304, 2019525305

PSEC will be holding two tests, one each day.

Test chair: Sandra Distefano
Test secretary: Melissa Knapp

Judges will be Marian Shaw, DVM, Lia Bijsterveld, and Jack Laney.

A club general meeting will be held during lunch on Saturday, July 13. Members, as well as guests, are encouraged to attend.


Judging Schedule

Each day.

Class Time
Master Earthdog 9:00am
Intro to Quarry 9:30am
Senior Earthdog 10:15am (after Master)
Junior Earthdog 10:45am (after Intro)

Day of Test Entries

Day-of-Test entries will be accepted
Regular classes: Entries close 30 minutes before the beginning of class
Intro to Quarry: Entries close 45 minutes before the beginning of class

Saturday Dinner

Plan to join us for a catered Mediterranean dinner at the test site on Saturday evening. The menu will include chicken kebab, lamb kebab, rice, potatoes, greek salad, dolma, pita bread, and Baklava. The cost for the dinner is $15 — please RSVP for the dinner by Friday morning. (RSVP to

Potluck Lunches

Speaking of eating.... don’t forget to bring something for the potluck lunches both days.


A raffle of dog- and rat-related items will be held on Sunday during the noontime break. Donations are very welcome!

Friday Dinner

For those who will be on-site Friday (e.g. for the practice session, or camping), there will be a bring-your-own-grillable-item dinner on the back porch. Bring something to grill for yourself, everything else will be provided.

RV/Camping reservations

Camping (with limited electrical hook-ups) will be available, with RSVP only.

Earthdog Seminar

In conjunction with these tests, we are sponsoring an AKC Earth Seminar for Handlers and Judges on Friday, July 12, 2019. These seminars are few and far between, so you won't want to miss it!

Practice Sessions

We will be holding several open practice sessions at the test site in the weeks leading up to the tests:

Fall Tests

Emerald Meadow Farms
6411 Aldrich Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

Our Fall tests are tentatively scheduled for October 12 & 13, 2019, in Bellingham. There will be two tests on Saturday, and one on Sunday.

Stay tuned for further details.

Other Clubs’ Events

We would be happy to list your club’s earthdog event here. Please send your event’s details to our webmaster.

Cascade Dachshund Club Fall Tests

Hathor Farm
3535 Swede Hill Rd
Clinton, WA
AKC Event Numbers
2019190910, 2019190911, 2019190912, 2019190913

The Cascade Dachshund Club will be holding their fall tests on Labor Day weekend. Four tests, two days!

Keeping Up to Date

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Announcements are also posted to the PSEC Facebook group.

We also maintain two yahoo discussion groups:

Earthdog tests may also be found using the AKC’s event search page.