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- The State Fair rules will serve as a guide line for the Dog Show rules.
- 4-H Dog Project members belong to an established club.
- All 4-H dogs must be accompanied by the 4-H 671-W Certification of Vaccination, (original only; no photo copies) signed by a licensed, accredited veterinarian indicating the dog has been vaccinated for rabies, distemper, hepatitis, Parvovirus, leptospirosis, and kennel cough.
- Indiana 4-H has an Aggressive Dog Policy in place for dog leaders and extension educators to use as a guidance in situations when a dog(s) has a known history of aggression or biting is not appropriate for involvement for the 4-H program and 4-H members may have difficulty managing their dog. If you would like to view this policy please go to https://extension.purdue.edu/Jay/Pages/article.aspx?intItemID=6395
- A dog may not attend workshops if they are showing symptoms of any communicable disease or parasites (including ticks & fleas) or a female “in season”.
- Excessive and/or inhumane treatment of a 4-H dog by a handler and/or family member will not be tolerated at workshops. The 4-H member must turn in a completed Dog Record Sheet in the manual at check-in.
- An exhibitor who wins their division can immediately compete in the next highest division.
- Advanced division – Designed for any 4-H exhibitor who has won senior level showmanship. ALL current and past winners in the senior level will compete for the chance to represent the Dog Species in Small Animal Supreme Showmanship.
- In any given year, a 4-H dog must be shown at the same obedience level at the State Fair that the dog was entered in as a part of the county 4-H dog program. The 4-H dog leader’s signature on 4-H 671-W (certificate of vaccination) is to verify level of obedience work, showmanship, agility, and completion of 4-H requirement for exhibition
- The 4-H member may not move back to a lower class than the one they entered in previous years, with the same dog.
- CLASS 1A is only open to 4-H exhibitors and dogs who are both in their first year of the project. Any 4-H’er or dog (with the exception of mini 4-H members) with training before January 1, this year, must show in CLASS 1B or HIGHER.
- Decisions of the judges are final.
4-H DOG POSTER EXHIBIT
- Posters will be turned in, judged and displayed in the Exhibit Hall like a non-walking project.
- Any 4-H member may be enrolled in this project.
- The purpose of exhibiting a poster is to demonstrate knowledge gained through the 4-H Dog Project. One poster will be sent to the State Fair from each level.
- The 4-H Dog poster exhibits must meet the following standards:
* Size: 22”x28” displayed horizontally with stiff backing and covered with plastic, accompanied by label in the lower right hand corner.
* County division winners will represent Jay County at the Indiana State Fair. These divisions are: Level 1: grades 3-5, Level 2: grades 6-8, and Level 3: grades 9-12.