Pooch Parties

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It doesn’t matter if it’s the day your dog was born or the day he came into your life, we would love to host his pooch party! The party package comes with a dog-appropriate cake, cupcakes for human guests, an off-leash exercise area, invitations, goody bags with Beggin’ treats and more! Click HERE to find out how to book your pooch party.

Watch or Host a Canine Event

Purina Farms is an excellent place to host outdoor canine activities, including agility, lure coursing, herding, conformation, tracking, flying disc and earthdog events. Six outdoor competition areas on the property provide space for almost any competition or exhibition. Outdoor competition areas consist of the following: 

  • Main Show Field
  • Agility Field
  • Herding and Trial Field
  • Working Dog and Flying Disc Competition Field
  • Go to Ground/Earthdog Dens
  • Diving Dog Pool at the Purina Visitor Center

Unless otherwise noted, spectators are welcome at any of our outdoor canine competition areas to watch these remarkable dogs demonstrate their skills. Spectators can sit ringside or watch from bleachers and grassy hillsides situated near the competition areas.

Main Show Field

1st Tent And Grassy Area

The 130' x 140' lighted Main Show Field accommodates dog shows and events as well as corporate gatherings and family days. The Main Show Field features one 40' x 80' tented concrete pad and manicured lawn areas equipped with a sprinkler system. A lawn area with parking and another 40' x 80' tented concrete pad is also available near the Main Show Field. RV parking, spectator seating, competition equipment, tables, chairs and picnic tables are also available. Catering can also be arranged. Note: The field is the site of the national finals for the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge™ every year. Contact Kaite at 314-982-5211 to book your event in the Main Show Field.

Agility Field

Dog Tunnel

Located near the front of Purina Farms property, across from the Incredible Dog Arena, the 100' x 110' Agility Field features a 22' x 45' covered pavilion, a full set of agility equipment and ring-gating.

During National Specialties, the outdoor field can only be used for breed-specific trials. Events unrelated to agility can also be held here. Inquire for more information.

Herding and Trial Field

The spacious 10-acre Herding and Trial Field makes a superb location for herding competitions, lure coursing or for oval or straight-track whippet races. Developed specifically for field and test competitions, the field is perfect for sanctioned events.

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The Herding and Trial Field has three fenced-in areas that can be used for herding. These areas include a lighted 100’ x 200’ A-Course, a completely fenced B-Course of about 10 acres that includes holding pens and a lighted round pen sutiable for beginning dogs and instinct testing. Gravel parking is provided,  as well as tents and equipment.

Purina Farms also supplies more than 150 Katahdin/Barbados Cross sheep that are accustomed to being herded. There is no fee for use of the sheep or the field. Although the ducks are not supplied, the Herding and Trial Field also features a 60' x 100' duck arena.

Working Dog and Flying Disc Competition Field

Along the west side of the Purina Event Center, the Working Dog and Flying Disc Competition Field  is a 180' x 400' flat grassy area, situated for easy access and use.

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Go To Ground/Earthdog Dens

Earthdog 8_croppedNine 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.


www.gatewayterriers.org  AKC

www.dachshund-stl.org     AKC

Diving Dog Pool

The Incredible Dog Arena at the Visitor Center features an 18' x 50' x 4' (deep) heated pool and a ramp that measures 8' wide x 45' long. The pool is available upon request when time and schedules permit. The Purina Farms trainers are also available to oversee activities at the pool.

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Barn Hunt

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Now considered one of the fastest growing canine sports, Barn Hunt takes place in the Main Show Field under a 40x80 tent. All gating, matting, ramps, bridges and tubes provided by Purina Farms. All breeds of dogs can compete in this sport, and it’s also a great spectator event. Click HERE to find out more about more about barn hunt.