The antics of some dogs when first raced have the spectators rolling with laughter. Some dog’s stay in the boxes and others run straight to the fence to a person they know instead of chasing the Lure. After a couple of races they get the idea and are very keen to catch the lure once it is set in motion.
We invite any Jack Russell Terrier and other small breeds, both pure and cross-breed, to participate in our Lure Racing activities.
The Sporting Terrier Club of Queensland, held their first In Ground Hunting Fun Day at Durack on the 14th November 1993. New South Wales Jack Russell Terrier Club followed the following year at Erskine Park. In 2003 The Lure Racing and Earthdog Club of Victoria affiliated with the Victorian Canine Association to introduce and promote the sport in Victoria. There are three levels of achievement: Novice, Senior and Master Earthdog. The sport will help retain the natural hunting instinct in our Terrier and Dachshund breeds.
Unfortunately, this is not a great spectator sport as much of the action is underground. Tunnels for the Novice titles are dug 30 feet long with three 90-degree bends and den liners, constructed from plywood 9 inches high and 9 inches wide are placed in the ground and covered with dirt. A scent trail leading to the box containing the artificial prey is provided. The dog is then carried into the enclosure and released 10 feet from the entrance, the Judge and Timekeeper time the dog, which must reach the prey in 30 seconds. The dog must then start to work the prey within 30 seconds and continue for 45-60 seconds.(Work meaning growling, barking, scratching or digging) the dog is then removed from the den from a hatchway above.
Only the following registered pure breed dogs are eligible to participate in ANKC official Earthdog Tests. Dachshunds, Australian Terriers, Australian Silky Terriers, Bedlington, Border, Cairn, Dandi Dinmont, Fox Terrier (Smooth and Wire), Jack Russell, Lakeland, Manchester, Norfolk, Norwich, Parson Russell, Scottish, Sealyham, Skye, Welsh, Tenterfield and West Highland White Terrier
Our Club provides training sessions for any breed or cross-breed that can safely negotiate the dens and award Club certificates for dogs that complete the tests. See here for ANKC Earthdog Regulations