The roots of the Earthdog program go back to the beginnings of small game hunting. Farmers and hunters used the small terriers and Dachshunds to pursue vermin to its lair and then to follow the game into to the ground. These dogs had to possess not only the physical attributes that would allow them to descend into the animal's den and to battle the animal on it's own terms, but they needed the courage and mental abilities to accept the challenge of subterranean pursuit.
For generations small terriers and Dachshunds were bred as hunting dogs to track game above and below ground; to bark at their quarry in the den and to bolt or draw it for the hunter. Now these wonderful little dogs are very suitable as family pets, however, they sometimes have to be trained not to bark at every little noise and not to dig in the yard or garden. Barking and digging are what they were bred for .

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.



CVDC Club member and current President Linda Cockburn Judging Junior Earth Dog at Atlanta Terrier Club's Test.


CVDC Club member and AKC Earthdog judge Glenn Cockburn awards qualifying ribbon at Carolina Terrier Association Earthdog Test in Greensboro, NC


CVDC Club member Glenn Cockburn apprenticing for his judges license at the Atlanta Terrier Club's Earthdog Test