The 4-H Dog Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general care, nutrition housing, training and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Dog Project.
For Judging and Check-in information, consult the current 4-H Catalog.
For Resources such as Manuals, Record Sheets, and Score Cards see the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Project Page.
- All 4-H General Rules, Livestock Rules and Health Regulations apply.
- Project manuals are assigned as follows:
- Dog 1 (Grades 3-6)
- Dog 2 (Grades 7-10)
- Dog 3 (Grades 11-12)
- Workshop Verification OR turn in completed project manual (two activities each year) and Record Sheet into 4-H Dog Club Leader by July 1st at 4:30 PM. 4-H’ers not turning in the required paperwork will not be eligible to show at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- All 4-H dogs must be accompanied by the original and current Certificate of Vaccination (4-H671) signed by a licensed, accredited veterinarian indicating the dog has been vaccinated for rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, leptospirosis, and kennel cough. Dates must be included for each vaccine. Also, a copy of the Rabies Immunization Certificate provided by your veterinarian is required to accompany the Certificate of Vaccination.
- A 4-H dog may not be exhibited if they are showing symptoms of any communicable disease or parasites (including ticks and fleas). Animals will be checked prior to show.
- Dogs must be at least 8 months old, unless approved by leader.
- The dog must live with the 4-H member that is showing the dog.
- Members need to train and work hard with their dogs. You work as a team, and train as a team. The more time you put into practicing, the better the team will be.
- Attendance at club practices is VITAL to being successful in this project. Additional training and information is given each week.
- Members must have control of their dog and be in charge of him/her at all times.
- Members should have a metal training collar for their dogs. It should be about 2” longer than the measurement of the dog’s neck. A six foot leather or nylon leash is also required. No tags allowed on collar during show.
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times, unless training or showing in off-leash exercises.
- A dog displaying signs of aggression will not be allowed to train or show with the group in the interest of safety to others associated with the Dog Club. Dogs that bite will be disqualified from all further activities and will be sent home.
- Members are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs at all 4-H events and practices.
- If dogs are in heat, members should NOT bring them to practice/training, but the members should come to practice. If dogs come in heat on show day, the dog committee will decide if it will be permitted to show.
- Members are expected to participate in the Adams County 4-H Dog Show. They are also encouraged to enter other county open shows for practice and experience.
- Members that have been in the project for one year are eligible to try out for drill team. To be on drill team, a member and their dog must be able to perform first year exercises well and unforced.
Class 1A-For 4-H’ers with no previous formal dog training experiences with a dog which has received no obedience training prior to January 1 of the current year.
Class 1B-For 4-H’ers with previous dog training experience, (4-H or otherwise) coming back with a new dog, or for 4-H’ers with no experience whose dogs have had training which disqualifies them for 1-A.
Class 2A-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed 1-A or 1-B.
Class 2B-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed 2A, and are not ready for third year work. (at leader’s discretion)
Class 3A-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed second year work.
Class 3B-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed 3A, but are not ready for fourth year work. (at leader’s discretion)
Class 4A-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed third year work.
Class 4B-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed 4A, but are not ready for fifth year work. (at leader’s discretion)
Class 5A-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed fourth year work.
Class 5B-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed 5A, but are not ready for sixth year work. (at leader’s discretion)
Class 6A-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed fifth year work.
Class 6B-For 4-H’ers and dogs which have completed 6A, and wish to repeat.
Class Leader Dog A-For 4-H’ers with no previous formal dog training experience with a leader dog.
Class Leader Dog B-For 4-H’ers with previous dog training experience (4-H or otherwise) coming back with a leader dog.
Veterans Class-For 4-H members whose dogs are at least 7 years old or are physically challenged. The dog must have completed at least class 2B in previous years. Dogs who are physically challenged must be accompanied by a letter from a veterinarian stating that the dog is unable to perform jumping and/or retrieving exercises. A dog may not be shown in any other obedience class at the Adams County 4-H Fair Dog Show once they have competed in the Veteran’s Class.