PROJECT RULES AND REGULATIONS
This project is designed to help 4-H members acquire a basic knowledge of health, grooming, feeding, early training of the dog, the teaching of obedience, the teaching of tricks, and an understanding of dog shows and how to participate. To make this project worthy of the name, it must involve training and care of the dog. The mere association of a boy or girl and his/her dog does not in itself qualify as project work.
Completed record sheets, and Q & A sheets are due into the Extension Office on or before June 29, 2020 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/Q & A sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.
1. Any boy or girl who will be in grades 3 through 12 may become a 4-H Dog Care Project member.
2. Member may be enrolled in a township 4-H Club and/or the County Dog Club and must comply with project enrollment.
3. Each member may train only his or her own dog or the family dog. However, a dog which is being raised as a leader or seeing eye dog is eligible.
4. To be eligible, the dog should preferably be 6 months or older and not to exceed two (2) years old.
5. The dog may be (a) purebred, (b) one parent registered, or (c) of a recognizable breed if crossbred. Certain required vaccinations have not been proven effective in wolf-hybrids, therefore, because wolf-hybrids cannot meet the vaccination requirements of the Indiana Board of Animal Health, wolf-hybrid dogs cannot be shown in the 4-H Dog program.
6. The dog must be fed, trained, and cared for, by the 4-H Club member.
7. Each 4-H member must exhibit the animal at the 4-H Dog show. Each dog shall wear well-fitting slip collar of fabric or chain. Under unusual conditions, such as a dog that is too powerful for the boy or girl, the decision of whether or not it shows will be left to the discretion of the trainers and committee for the well being of all concerned.
8. Members must attain at least a 160 point score at the County Fair Show to be eligible for trophy awards.
9. All members should attend ALL county Dog Training Meetings, even if the dog is disabled or dies.
10. All dogs must meet the following health requirements: Vaccinations for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and rabies -all given within the past 12 months. 4-H 671- Certificate of Vaccination, (available from the Extension Office), signed by a licensed, accredited veterinarian for the vaccinations must be presented at the first meeting before the dog can enter the 4-H Dog Care Project.
11. A quiz may be given on American Kennel Club obedience rules and points from the project activity guide will be counted towards awards.
12. All exceptions to the rules will be decided by the leaders and Dog Committee.
13. The first year training is open ONLY for youngsters, and dogs who are both starting in the project. Any youngster or dog with training before March 1 must be shown in the First Year -Class B, or Second Year. 1st year 4-H members and/or dogs, who have received training while in Mini 4-H, will show in 1st Year-Class B.
14. If any dog becomes disabled or dies on or before the 5th training session, the 4-H member may enter another dog if they comply with the requirements.
15. The level of judging will be recommended by the Dog Club Leader.
16. Dress Code for show day will be: capri shorts, jeans without holes in them, or a skirt below the knees for girls. Shirts will be polo type or Dog Club shirt. Shoes are to be tennis shoes or tie shoes with socks. No flip flops, crocs, sandals or slick bottom shoes will be permitted. Shoes must have non-skid sole.
17. 4-H Member must complete year 2B with at least 150 points to be able to train 2 dogs. If 4-H'er takes 2 dogs one dog must have already been shown in year 2B, and other dog will be in year 1B or 2A. Both dogs need to receive the same amount of training.
18. As of the last training meeting in April, you cannot switch dogs.
1st YEAR-CLASS A: For 4-H'ers with no previous formal dog training experiences with a dog which has received no obedience training prior to March 1 of the current year.
1st YEAR-CLASS B: 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 dog has had training which disqualifies them for 1-A.
2nd YEAR-CLASS A: For 4-H'ers & dogs which have completed 1-A and/ or 1-B.
2nd YEAR-CLASS B: For 4-H'ers & dogs which have completed 2-A, but are not ready for 3rd year work.
3rd YEAR-CLASS A: For 4-H'ers & dogs which have completed 2nd Year work.
3rd YEAR-CLASS B: For 4-H'ers & dogs who have been in 3-A, but are not ready for 4th Year work.
4th YEAR-CLASS A: For 4-H'ers & dogs which have completed 3rd Year work.
4th YEAR-CLASS B: For 4-H'ers & dogs which have been in 4-A, but are not ready for 5th Year work.
5th YEAR-CLASS A: For 4-H'ers & dogs which have completed 4th Year work.
5th YEAR-CLASS B: For 4-H'ers & dogs which have been in 5-A, but are not ready for 6th Year work.
6th YEAR-CLASS A: For 4-H'ers & dogs which have completed 5th Year work.
6th YEAR-CLASS B: For 4-H'ers & dogs which have been in 6-A and repeat.