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Revised and expanded! - The complete reference on earthdog and trial history, breed descriptions, practical training and practice techniques, details about exhibiting and sponsoring earthdog tests, and an introduction to natural hunting. Earthdog Ins & Outs, Guiding Natural Instincts for Success in Earthdog Tests and Den Trials, by Jo Ann Frier-Murza, is a book written to inspire and assist both newcomers and established fans in the world of earthdogs and trials. It includes hundreds of photos and drawings which illustrate the history, selection, and schooling of earthdogs. This sport is a natural for all earthdog breeds and is made to order for today's show dogs, performance dogs, and couch potatoes alike. Chapters include: Terriers and Dachshunds--Earthdogs to the Bone; The Deep Roots Surrounding Earthdogs (History); Artificial Den Trials in the North America; Traditional Earthdog Trials in Europe; Earthdog Breeds--Designed for Work (covers 30 breeds); Selecting a Breed and Puppy; Entering a Puppy or Novice Dog; Advanced Work--Delving Deeper; Exhibiting at Trials and Tests; Show Time--How to Host a Den Trial; Field Work--The Real Thing for Your Buddy. This book is an essential part of your terrier or Dachshund library and a rare celebration of the natural instincts of these very special dogs.
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Mrs. Frier-Murza has long been dedicated to seeing that owners appreciate the talents of their terriers and Dachshunds. A pioneer in the earthdog movement, she first began hunting and trialing with terriers in 1971. Since 1976 she has hosted innumerable trials and has assisted on the AKC committee to develop earthdog tests which began in 1994.
She has observed and participated in working terrier and dachshund events in 10 countries around the world. In 2011, she won the AKC's Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the earthdog scene.
Ms. Frier-Murza holds a Master's Degree in Animal Behavior and enjoyed a long career as an endangered species wildlife biologist while pursuing her interest in dog training.
Earthdog Ins & Outs represents JoAnn's lifetime of dedication to helping terrier and Dachshund owners and their dogs enjoy the dogs' natural instincts.Review:
Rarely has a book been so positively received by the fancy. Novices find it a superbly readable source of knowledge. Experienced fanciers in the sport have been impressed with the depth and breadth of its information. It is well worth digging into, whether you have an earthdog or not. --Gordon Heldebrant, AKC Gazette
The instincts of terriers cry out for activities like the earthdog sport. The information in Earthdog Ins & Outs will put you and your dog well onto the track of success and fun. --Pamela Simmons, Corn Row Parson Russell and Jack Russell Terriers
Earthdog Ins & Outs is a great source of education and inspiration for all. Jo Ann Frier-Murza's amazing abilities as an instructor and writer have transcended all cultural barriers to serve as a starting point for new working tests for Terriers and Dachshunds in Puerto Rico. --Antonio Colon Roman, Hunting Terrier Club of Puerto Rico
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