Nine earthdog dens are available for use at Purina Farms; four were established by the Missouri Earthdog Club, one by the Dachshund Club of St. Louis and four through a joint effort between the Dachshund Club of St. Louis and the Gateway Terriers. All are in place permanently and ready for use by terrier and dachshund enthusiasts.
Missouri Earthdog Dens: Maps and instructions for using these dens are available at the shed at the earthdog neighborhood at Purina Farms. The four dens are maintained by members of the Missouri Earthdog Club and include:
Den A: Novice / AKC Intro to Quarry
This is a fenced ten foot tunnel with one ninety degree bend.
Den B: Novice / AKC Intro to Quarry, Open / AKC Junior, and Senior
This fenced system consists of a Novice / Into to Quarry tunnel that backs up to a standard thirty foot tunnel with three ninety degree bends (Junior) with a false exit and den (Senior). Sliders are in place where the false exit and den connect to the main tunnel.
Den C: Open / AKC Junior
This is a fenced standard thirty foot tunnel with three ninety degree turns.
Den D: Open / Stakes, AKC Junior and AKC Senior
This is an elaborate fenced tunnel system composed of two squares, one inside the other, with four points of connection between the two squares. Two of the connection points connect over the top. On the right side of the outside square is a standard thirty foot / three bend tunnel that can be used for Open / Junior. There are also a false exit and false den attached, so that the thirty foot tunnel can be converted to a senior den.
AKC Dens: These dens were specifically built to accommodate AKC den trials but can also be used by Missouri Earthdogs and the American Work Terrier Association.
Novice/AKC Intro to Quarry: Two new dens have been recently added to the Earthdog neighborhood at Purina Farms. These are located in the woods behind Den A. Each den has its own fenced yard allowing both dens to be used at the same time. The material used for these tunnels is a manmade material which will not rot. The material has been approved by AKC and was bought by Purina Farms. Susan Parsons, a local ED enthusiast, was instrumental in finding the material and getting the approval of AKC. AKC ED judge David Brown and members of the STL Dachshund club cut and assembled the tunnels.
AKC Junior Earth: This den is located up the hill from the multitasking Den D. It is fenced and consists of the standard 30’ tunnel with three ninety degree turns. It is made of the new plastic wood material.
AKC Senior Earth: Further up the hill from the newest den, the AKC Junior earth, this fenced complex is a standard SE den consisting of thirty feet of tunnel, three ninety degree turns, false den, and false exit. It is also made of the new plastic wood material.
AKC Master Earth: This den, built and maintained by the Dachshund Club of St. Louis is a Master tunnel, with a false exit, den, and places to put in the obstacles necessary to run a Master Earthdog test. It is located in a wooded area at the top of a meadow, which provides an ideal setting for this event. Several options for the walk up to the den are available. Future work involves replacement of the wooden tunnels with the new material.
Please contact any of the listed area earthdog clubs if you would like more information on earthdog events at Purina Farms.