Dog Obedience

DOG OBEDIENCE — 2014

Dog Agility, Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6:00 p.m. and Dog Show, Saturday, July 12, 2014, 8:00 a.m.

 Manual requirements for completion: Complete Dog Knowledge Test

 4-Hers must have their enrolled dog’s completed 4-H vaccination form (current year) turned into their dog obedience leaders BEFORE their dog can attended training classes. (The dog must be vaccinated for rabies, distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis, parvovirus and Bordetella (kennel cough), or as required by the state. Heartworm preventative is recommended. Vaccination forms will be available from 4-H dog leaders and the Extension Office. See Dog Requirements on Page 170.

For exhibit: each 4-H member may do one or more of the following:

  • Participate in the dog obedience show on Saturday.
  • Display a dog poster, and/or dog display.

Any exhibitor may show at the State Fair, pre-registration is required. More information is available on the Indiana State Fair Website.

  1. The 4-H member must feed, train and care for his/her own dog or family dog which must live at the residence of the 4-H'er. Exceptions will be made for dogs involved in the leader dog for the blind program.
  2. The dog may be any age over 6 months as of April 15.
  3. The dog does not need to be purebred.
  4. The dog may not attend training class or be exhibited showing any sign of any communicable disease (INCLUDING FLEAS AND TICKS).
  5. Each dog must compete in the obedience portion of the 4-H dog show in order to compete in showmanship or agility competition.
  6. Female dogs in heat during the fair, may be shown by special arrangement in obedience only. Female dogs in heat may not attend training classes, however 4-Hers may still attend classes. It is best to have your dog spayed or neutered if they are not breeding stock.
  7. The exhibitor assumes all responsibility for his/her dog.
  8. 4-H dogs should wear well-fitting chain slip collars in any obedience class. No tags are permitted on this collar. The leash may be of fabric or leather and shall be six feet in length. Leather leashes are recommended.
  9. For safety purposes, it is strongly recommended that a 4-H handler and dog attend 6 dog obedience classes prior to the county fair dog show. However, 4-H'ers will be more successful if more classes are attended.
  10. Any aggressive dog may be dismissed from the project.
  11. 4-H members cannot show wolves or wolf hybrids because they do not meet state vaccination requirements.

Dogs and/or handlers with previous training will be evaluated by the Dog sponsoring committee to determine what class they will be entered in. A handler may skip to a higher class level if they wish to do more advanced exercises. If they show at this level, they cannot move back to a lower class with the same dog in subsequent years.

 SHOWMANSHIP CLASSES

  •  NOVICE SHOWMANSHIP—For any exhibitor who is in their first year of showmanship.
  • JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP— For any 4-H exhibitor who is in the 4th or 5th grade on January 1 of the current year. Once an exhibitor is the Junior showmanship winner, then he/she is only eligible to compete in Intermediate or Senior showmanship in subsequent years.
  • INTERMEDIATE SHOWMANSHIP- For any 4-H member in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade on January 1 of the current year. Once an exhibitor is the Intermediate showmanship winner, he/she is only eligible to compete in Senior showmanship in future years. Exception only for Junior winners.
  • SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP -For any 4-H member in the 9th grade or above on January 1 of the current year. Exceptions only for Intermediate winners. Once an exhibitor is the Senior showmanship winner, he/she is only eligible to compete in Master Showmanship in future years.
  • MASTER SHOWMANSHIP -Past and present Senior showmanship winners and current year winners of the other showmanship classes.

 JUDGING CLASSES OFFERED

 (An * denotes an AKC “graduate exercise-see “SHOWING IN 4-H OBEDIENCE” under “EXERCISES for descriptions)

 CLASS 1A (not repeatable) For 4-H'ers with no previous formal dog training experience with a dog which has received no obedience training prior to January 1 of the current year. Exercises are: Heel on leash, Figure 8 on Leash, Stand for Exam on Leash, Recall on Leash, 1 minute Sit Stay on Leash, 3 minute Down Stay on Leash.

 CLASS 1B (Not repeatable with the same dog) For 4-H'ers with previous dog training experience (including showing in 1A) or 4-Her’s with no experience whose dog has had training which disqualifies them from 1A. Exercises are: Heel on Leash, Figure 8 on Leash, Stand for Exam on Leash, Recall off Leash, 1 minute Sit Stay off Leash, 3 minute Down Stay off Leash.

 CLASS 2A (Not repeatable with the same dog) Exercises are: Heel & Figure 8 on Leash, Stand for Exam off Leash, Heel Free, Recall off Leash, 1 minute Sit Stay off Leash, 3 minute Down Stay off Leash.

 CLASS 2B (May repeat until ready to move up) Exercises are: Heel & Figure 8 on Leash, Stand for Exam off Leash, Heel Free, *Drop on Recall, 3 minute Sit Stay off Leash, 5 minute Down Stay off Leash.

 CLASS 3A(Not repeatable with the same dog) Exercises are: Heel Free, Figure 8 off Leash, Stand for Exam off Leash, “Dumbbell Recall. Drop on Recall, 3 minute Sit Stay Handler Out of Sight, 5 minute Down Stay Handler out of Sight.

 CLASS 3B(May repeat until ready to move up) Exercises are: Heel Free, Figure 8 off Leash, Stand for Exam off Leash, Retrieve on Flat, Drop on Recall, 3 minute Sit Stay Handler Out of Sight, 5 minute Down Stay Handler Out of Sight.

 CLASS 4A(Not repeatable with the same dog) Exercises are: Heel Free, Figure 8 off Leash, Retrieve on Flat, *Recall Over High Jump, *Recall over Broad Jump, 3 minute Sit Stay Handler Out of Sight, 5 minute Down Stay Handler Out of Sight.

 CLASS 4B (May repeat until ready to move up) Exercises are: Heel Free, Figure 8 off Leash, Retrieve Over High Jump, Broad Jump, 3 minute Sit Stay Handler Out of Sight, 5 minute Down Stay Handler Out of Sight.

 CLASS 5A (Not repeatable with the same dog) Exercises are: *Hand Signals, *Directed Retrieve, Retrieve Over High Jump, Broad Jump, *Moving Stand & Examination

 CLASS 5B (May repeat until ready to move up) Exercises are: Hand Signals, Directed Retrieve, Retrieve Over High Jump, Broad Jump, Moving Stand and Examination.

 CLASS 6A (Not repeatable with the same dog.) Exercises are: Hand Signals, *Scent Discrimination, Directed Retrieve, Moving Stand & Examination, *Go Out, *Directed Jumping.

 CLASS 6B (May Repeat) Exercises are: Hand Signals, Scent Discrimination, Directed Retrieve, Directed Jumping, Moving Stand & Examination.

 VETERANS CLASS (Repeatable) For 4-H members whose dog are at least 7 years old or are physically challenged. The dog must have completed at least Class 2B in previous years. Dogs that are physically challenged must be accompanied by aletter 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 once they have competed in the Veterans Class. Exercises are: Heel on Leash & Figure 8, Stand for Exam off Leash, Heel Free, Recall off Leash, 3 minute sit stay off leash, 5 minute down stay off leash.

  AGILITY COMPETITION

 The 4-H Dog Agility Program is an obstacle course based on guidelines from the United Kennel Club. Some modifications to the UKC rules have been made to provide a program suitable for 4-H handlers of all ages. Dogs showing in agility are also required to show in obedience at Level 1B or above. The dog must wear a buckle collar. The level of competition will be determined by the handler and their county leader based on the dog’s ability and training.

Scoring will be based on UKC rules, starting with 200 points and subtracting Performance faults based on a set Course Time. Time faults for course time exceeding the set time will be deducted.

 Judging Classes –

Beginning A (must use a 6’ lead) – Beginning B (must be off leash/lead)

   *Beginning A – 4-H member has not previously participated in Agility.

   *Beginning B – 4-H member has participated in Beginning Agility before, with the current dog or a different dog.

 Intermediate (must be off lead) –

   *Intermediate A – 4-H member has not previously participated in Intermediate Agility

   *Intermediate B – 4-H member has participated in Intermediate Agility before, with current dog or a different dog.

 Advanced (must be off lead) –

   *Advanced A – 4-H member has not previously participated in Advanced Agility

   *Advanced B – 4-H member has participated in Advanced Agility before, with the current dog or a different dog.

 Veterans (must be off lead)-

   *Veterans – Dog is at least 7 years old or physically challenged. A letter must accompany dogs that are physically challenged from a veterinarian stating that the dog has limited ability in jumping exercises.

 Each class will offer three divisions based on the dog’s height at the withers.

   Division 1 – dogs 14” and under will jump 8” hurdles

   Division 2 – dogs over 14” through 20” will jump 14” hurdles

   Division 3 – dogs over 20” will jump 20” hurdles

 The pause table will be at the hurdle height for each division.

Beginning classes A Division 3 dogs will jump 14’ instead of 20”.

Veterans classes Division 2 & 3 will jump at the next lower jump height.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Melva A Stamberger, Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development
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