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March 4, 2020


 Committee: Lisa Hall, Robert and Cindy Blake, Christina Gwinn.


  1. To teach the handler to train his/her dog to be an obedient and agreeable companion.
  2. To experience the pride and responsibilities of dog ownership.
  3. To accept constructive criticism and learn new ways of training and caring for dogs.


  1. Dogs must be 6 months or older.
  2. Dogs must be owned by 4-H member or his/her immediate family or household by the time of the show, i.e. County Fun Match or County Fair. Ownership is waived on 4-H "Service Dogs" raised for the handicapped.
  3. Dogs may only be shown by the 4-H member or their sibling from May 15 through the Dog Show. Exhibition by any other individual makes the dog ineligible for the Dog Show.
  4. Each member shall be responsible for the care and behavior of his/her dog. Each member must clean up after his/her dog.
  5. A project leader, at his/her discretion, may and will bar any unruly dog from further training and the show. We will be following the Aggressive Dog Policy provided by Purdue University.
  6. Excessive and/or inhumane treatment of a 4-H dog by a handler and/or family member will be grounds for disqualification of the 4-H exhibitor.
  7. 4-H dogs must wear well fitting slip collars of leather, fabric or chain in any obedience class. The leash may be of fabric or leather and shall be six feet in length.
  8. Collar tags will not be allowed in the 4-H show.
  9. A 4-H exhibitor may show only ONE dog in only one obedience class and/or one dog trained through 4-H for the handicapped.
  10. The 4-H Showmanship and/or 4-H Drill Team dog must be the same dog shown by the same 4-H exhibitor in an Obedience Class. Dogs trained through 4-H for the handicapped are not by design allowed to be shown in 4-H Showmanship and/or 4-H Drill Team competition.
  11. The first year LOT A is open ONLY for youngsters and dogs who are both just starting the project. Any youngster or dog with training before March 1, this year, must be shown in the FIRST YEAR LOT B OR ABOVE.
  12. A dog fouling in the ring will receive an automatic 10 point dock in the score for that exercise. The same penalty applies to drill team dogs.
  13. Commercial advertisement and insignia on 4-H exhibitors while showing their dogs is PROHIBITED; however, 4-H insignia is permitted.
  14. Once final score sheets have been turned in to auditing during the Dog Show, no further exhibitors will be allowed to show in that class for a placing.
  15. The high jump height will be measured as once the height of the 4-H dog measured at the withers. Minimum height is eight inches. The broad jump distance shall be measured as twice the high jump height.
  16. Obedience Regulations not covered by these rules will be based on the regulations of the Indiana State Fair Dog Regulations and the American Kennel Club, Inc. regulations.
  17. Special problems or infractions not covered by these rules will be acted upon by the committee.
  18. Decisions of the judges are final.
  19. All handicapped participants will be afforded all reasonable access and opportunity to participate on a basis equal with any other 4-H dog handler.
  20. In case of sickness of a member or any other legitimate reason, he/she may have their dog shown by another 4-H member for exhibition only. No prizes will be given.
  21. The record sheet must be completed and turned in by the time of the exhibit. Members are encouraged to complete 3 activities in their 4-H Dog manual.
  22. Agility - see Project Leaders for State Fair Rules.
  23. 4-H member and dog may attend and participate in other non-4-H groups, but the member is the only one who is to train the dog.
  24. Grand Champion Obedience will be selected from division winners who score a minimum of 100 points out of a possible 200 points. Grand Champion Obedience competition will perform the following exercise: Recall for the class in which the member is competing.
  25. Reserve Grand Champion will be selected from division winners and the 2nd place division dog to the Grand Champion with a minimum score of 100 points and will perform the same exercise as the Grand Champion.
  26. The current year “Certificate of Completion of Indiana Requirements for Exhibition of Dogs”, form 4-H 671-W, vet form is due April 12th. Form 4-H 671-W is due from 1st year members and previous members showing a NEW dog before or on the first meeting they bring the dog for practice. All dogs 3 months of age and over must be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed and accredited veterinarian in accordance with the state rabies vaccination law. A signed certificate of vaccination for rabies must accompany the animal to the exhibition.   
  27. Dogs in the 4-H program should not be fed after 9 a.m. on days of training class or show.
  28. Animals that are vaccinated at home must provide an original receipt for the vaccine and attach the receipt and the label for the vaccine on the vet form; in addition to putting the date of vaccination on the form.
  29. Dogs that bite any official (including judges) will be disqualified from all further activities and will be sent home from the show.
  30. Dogs that have been disqualified in their Obedience class are not eligible for exhibition in showmanship, agility, or drill team.
  31. Dogs that have been disqualified in Obedience may not exhibit in Showmanship.









        DRILL TEAM


See project leaders for State Fair rules.  Drill team at county level is exhibition only.  Drill team competes at State Fair.

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