Levels by grade in school just completed as follows: Level 1 - grade 3-5; Level 2 - grade 6-8; Level 3 - grade 9-12. All dog project exhibitors are required to attend a minimum of four Paws and Pals 4-H Club meetings to learn requirements and course. Contact Leaders for more information.

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Manual: Member must turn in manual with a minimum of 2 activities completed and verified by helper initials at dog check-in. MANUAL MUST BE SIGNED BY PAWS AND PALS CLUB LEADER.


For more information on dog health requirements, call the Indiana State Board of Animal Health at (317) 544-2400 or visit BOAH’s website atwww.in.gov/boah/species-information/companion-animals-dogs-cats/

NOTE: Indiana state 4-H may impose vaccination requirements for dog show participants beyond the minimum requirements of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Contact your local 4-H Purdue Extension educator for these additional requirements.

  2. Identification – Physical description sufficient to identify the individual animal.
  1. Vaccination
    1. All dogs 3 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed and accredited veterinarian in accordance with the state rabies vaccination law.
    2. A certificate of vaccination or other statement, signed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian, that indicates the vaccinations each animal has been given must accompany the animal to the exhibition.
    3. A certificate of veterinary inspection may be used to document vaccinations.

Contact Us

Lauren Fenneman, Youth Educator
Purdue Extension Dubois County
505 W 5th Street 
P.O. Box 588
Jasper, IN  47547


Dog Show

All members need to complete Certificate of Completion of Indiana 4-H Requirements for Exhibition of Dog.
(Form 4-H-671-W)  Vaccination Form


Wolf-hybrid dogs cannot be shown in the 4-H Dog program.


  1. Dog entries are to be at the fairgrounds one‑half hour prior to the time of the Dog Show as stated in the fair schedule.
  2. Classes offered will run the same way as those to be offered at the State Fair Show.
  3. Make sure your dog is groomed neatly and ready to perform.
  4. Exhibitor must show certificate of vaccination showing dog has received appropriate vaccinations.

EXERCISES available at Obedience Exercises

(Limited to Dubois County 4-H Dog Club members)


The 4-H Dog Agility Program is 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.

  1. Dogs showing in agility at the fair are required to have shown in obedience at the current fair, and must be at least 1 year old on day of show.  Dogs that have been disqualified in Obedience cannot compete in Agility.
  2. Agility section/classes will be entered as Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Excellence. Awards will be granted by classification, regardless of dog size.
  3. Each class will offer four (4) divisions based on the dog's height at the withers. Dogs 7 years and over (Veterans) may jump one jump height lower than their actual height with the exception of the Toy Division.

* Division Toy - dogs up to and including 10" will jump 4" hurdles

* Division 1 - dogs over 10" and up to and including 14" 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.

  1. All agility work will be done on a flat, buckle collar.

* Beginning level A must use a six (6)-foot lead.

* All other levels will be off lead at the fair.

* Collar tags will not be allowed.

  1. Scoring will be based on UKC agility rules starting with 200 points and subtracting performance faults based on a set course time. Time faults for course times exceeding the set time will be deducted by the amount in seconds over the set time. Division 1 dogs and giant breeds (refer to UKC list) will have five (5) seconds added to the set course time.
  2. Agility regulations not covered by these terms and conditions will be based on the regulations of the United Kennel Club Inc., 100 E. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49002-5584, (616) 343-9020, www.ukcdogs.com.

7    If a dog fouls in the ring during the walk through there will be a 10 point deduction in the agility score. If a dog fouls in the ring during the scored run, it will be disqualified immediately.

  1. It is highly recommended that agility participants wear athletic shoes for competition.

UKC agility rules: www.ukcdogs.com

Class Description

The program offers four (4) levels of competition - Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Excellence. The level of competition will be determined by the handler and their county leader based on the dog's ability and training.

Agility Classes


Class 1 - Beginning A Neither 4-H member nor dog have previously participated in Agility. 4-Her's must use 6' leash (Not Repeatable)

Class 2 - Beginning B 4-H member or dog has participated in Agility before, either with the current dog/handler, or a different dog/handler. Exercises must be off leash. Dog should repeat Beginning B until they can perform intermediate level work.

Iintermediate (must be off leash)

Class 3 - Intermediate A 4-H member has not previously participated in Intermediate Agility. (Not Repeatable)

Class 4 - Intermediate B 4-H member has participated in Intermediate Agility before, either with the current dog, or a different dog. This Intermediate B class should be repeated until the dog can perform advanced level work.

Advanced (must be off leash)

Class 5 - Advanced A  4-H member has not previously participated in Advanced Agility. (Not Repeatable)

Class 6 - Advanced B  4-H member has participated in Advanced Agility before, either with the current dog, or a different dog. This class may be repeated.

Excellence (must be off leash)

Class 7 - Excellence A  4-H member has not previously participated in Excellence Agility. (Not Repeatable)

Class 8 - Excellence B  4-H member has participated in Excellence Agility before, either with the current dog, or a different dog. (May be repeated)

Dog Poster

See Animal Education page 27. ALL POSTERS need to be turned in on check in day for the exhibit buildings. DO NOT turn any posters in at animal check ins.


References: All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. See References under General Exhibit Requirements page 17 for additional guidelines.

Poster Guidelines

All poster exhibits must be 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, and have a stiff backing (corrugated cardboard or foam core board preferred) and be covered with clear cellophane, plastic or in poster bag unless otherwise stated in project requirements. Quiz Boards are not considered posters and do not require a clear covering. Leave space in the lower right hand corner of poster for project label affixed outside of covering. (Poster board, foam core board, and poster bags are available at the Extension Office at cost.) 

Leave space on exhibit for label. Label size is 2 7/8” wide x 5 ½” long and will be attached in readily visible position.

References:  All posters, notebooks, display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit.  This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc.  It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public.  The judge will not discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.


All pictures and wall hangings, etc. should be ready to hang or display. Use strong hangers (not can tabs) attached with nails or screws (not glue or tape) or provide a suitable stand. Label the stand with your name.


Exhibit labels supplied by the office are to be attached securely. There may be specific other instructions for certain projects. See individual project requirements for these instructions. Be sure all exhibit items can be identified with 4-H member name and 4-H club. i.e. notebooks, exhibits with multiple items, etc. Be sure all parts of your exhibit have your name on them.

Secrets of a Successful Poster
A successful poster will:
· Catch the eye of the passerby
· Be simple and clear
· Impress an idea or a fact upon the viewer
· Stimulate the viewer to support your idea, get more information, or take appropriate action.
· Have space left over—Posters that are uncluttered are easier to read.

An effective poster: attracts attention, focuses on a main interest or idea, and motivates you.

Planning A Poster
A poster should have one main idea. Have the reason clearly in mind before you start.
· Consider who your viewer will be
· Decide what you want them to know
· Decide what you want them to do
· Think of a clever theme or slogan
· Limit your effort to one main idea
· Make a small rough sketch
· Visual communication is an aid to what you are trying to teach with your project.

Choosing Colors
Color combinations affect how easily the message is read and the overall appearance of the poster.
· Consider the Contrast: This means you use dark letters on a light background, and light letters on a dark background.
· Let the most important items be the most important color.
· Colors that are close to the background shade will not show up well and cannot be read at a distance.
· Avoid using too many different colors. Two or three should be sufficient. You don’t want to overwhelm your main point!
· Avoid putting red and green next to each other—this is hard to focus on if a person is colorblind.
· Avoid bright neon colors—they may catch the eye, but they are hard to focus on.

· Lower case letters are easier to read than all CAPITALS. Use capitals only for emphasizing an important phrase or word to give variety.
· Save fancy or script lettering for catching the attention of the viewer.
· When hand lettering, always use guidelines. Using a ruler, lightly pencil in straight lines that can be erased when your poster is complete.
· Letters may be cutout and glued on, or precut letters may be purchased.
· Keep written material to a minimum. Use only headings, captions and signs necessary to tell the story.

Use different size lettering for items of varying importance.
· Allow margins to keep things from running together and looking too cluttered.
· Below is a table of letter sizes and their effectiveness:

*Ask your parents, 4-H Leader, or older 4-H member to look at your poster and tell you what they think.

1. Cut out all your letters, pictures and graphics.
2. Draw guidelines and place or draw in letters.
3. Lay all your pieces of your poster out on the poster board.
4. Ask yourself, “How does it look?”
5. Revise and rearrange as needed. Re-Do anything that should be a different size or color.
6. Move things around until you are happy with the overall effect and message of your poster.
7. Glue everything in place.