Nine earthdog dens are available for use at Purina Farms. Four were established by the Missouri Earthdog Club, and five by joint effort of the Dachshund Club of St. Louis and Gateway Terrier Association. 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 D: Novice / AKC Intro to Quarry, Open / AKC Junior
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 (Open/AKC Junior) with a false exit. Sliders are in place where the false exit and den connect to the main tunnel.
Den E: Open / AKC Junior
This is a fenced, standard thirty foot tunnel with three ninety degree turns.
Den F: 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 / AKC Junior. There are also a false exit and false den attached, allowing the thirty foot tunnel to be converted to an AKC 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.
Dens B & C: 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 dens.
Den G: AKC Junior Earth:
This den is located up the hill from the multitasking Den F. It is fenced and consists of the standard 30’ tunnel with three ninety degree turns. It is made of the new plastic wood material.
Den H: AKC Senior Earth:
Further up the hill from the newest den, the AKC Junior earth, this fenced complex is a standard Senior 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. Dens G and H were both built and installed in 2013.
Den I: AKC Master Earth:
This beautiful den was rebuilt in January 2014 using the new plastic wood material. It is designed in an H shape to allow two variations of den entrances. The common middle section of the H design houses the baffle. Each leg of the H design houses a false exit, den, and a section into which the constrictor can be dropped. The den is located in a wooded area at the top of a large meadow, which provides an ideal setting for this event. Several options for the walk up to the den are available. Quiet and remote, most trial organizers borrow a Gator from Purina Farms to ferry each brace to the walk up starting area.
Still needing some finishing touches and plant growth, we’re pleased that the Earthdog neighborhood at Purina Farms has steadily improved and enlarged over the years. This was made possible by the cooperation between our three local earthdog clubs and Nestle Purina. Please contact any of the listed area earthdog clubs if you would like find out more about offering an earthdog event for your next show at Purina Farms.