WYSIWYG Welsh Terriers
Earthdog/Go-To-Ground
The word “terrier” comes from the word “terra,” Latin for “earth.”  Terriers are dogs originally bred to “go to ground” after earth-dwelling animals which were considered at the time to be vermin.  Terriers today may be dozens of generations removed from those original ancestors, but they are still strongly driven by their instincts to dig, tunnel, pursue prey, bark at it, and kill it when they can.

Earthdog trials test the strength of a terrier’s instincts, with the exception of killing, which they are not allowed to do.  At an earthdog trial, a terrier (or a dachshund) follows a scented trail into an underground tunnel, where it must go through twists and turns until it reaches caged (protected) rats.  At that point it must continue to try to get at the rats, after which it is either called back out or lifted out of a trap door at the end of the tunnel (depending on the level of competition). Tunnels are up to 30’ long with a variety of turns and obstacles, again depending on the level of competition.

AKC Earthdog trials are open to the following terriers: Australian, Bedlington, Border, Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Smooth Fox, Wire Fox, Jack Russell, Lakeland, Manchester, Miniature Bull, Miniature Schnauzer, Norfolk, Norwich, Scottish, Sealyham, Silky, Skye, Welsh and West Highland White terrier breeds as well as Dachshunds.

Earthdog competitions are also offered by other organizations, including the
American Working Terrier Association (AWTA), which gives its own earthdog titles and offers them to some non-AKC terrier breeds as well as the same breeds recognized by the AKC.

We enjoy our membership in
Missouri Earthdogs where we have a chance to meet other terrier enthusiasts, to practice our earthdog work and to participate in terrier races - another activity our Welsh love!
The following Wysiwyg and Baileywyc Welsh terriers have participated in earthdog activities, have earned titles or will be competing soon:

Gwin
Moose
Taly
Curly
Lleu
Sky
Bryn
Hogyn
Lark
Luke
Magic
Toby
Kip
Tag
Dazzle
Zach
Trek
Dodger
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Tunnels are approximately 9" x 9" and the liners are usually made of wood. A tunnel is dug in the ground, scented, and then a liner set in place. The entire tunnel is covered with dirt. A scent trail leads the dog to the entrance.
A puppy travels easily through a practice tunnel, but adults have to crawl!
Dargen and Ringo - having their first look at some rats.
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AKC Junior Earthdog (JE)

September 7, 2008
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