About the 4-H Dog Project

Learn how to properly care for your dog’s health, nutrition, training, and housing needs! Caring for a pet helps you develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills.


Contact the Marion County 4-H office:


Dog Project Manuals

You can learn more about how to care for and show your dog by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your skill level:

Project manuals may also be available to purchase at the Marion County Extension office, and older editions of manuals (if available) are free. Contact us to ask about availability!

Keep track of what you learn using a dog record sheet.

You are also encouraged to join the Indy 4-H Dog Club. The Dog Club offers multiple meeting locations and normally meets weekly. Each training session builds upon the others. Contact club leader Melinda Manges to join!

Showcasing What You’ve Learned

You can enter the dog show at the Marion County 4-H Showcase, or enter a poster, notebook, or presentation highlighting what you have learned through our Animal Education project.

Exhibit Guidelines

Score Cards

Each score card is based on the activities and your experience level or your dog’s ability. Each level will build on what you and the dog have learned from previous training.

Advancing to the State Fair

Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)


  • You may enter a poster or notebook about dogs through our Animal Education project. You can also participate in showmanship with a stuffed model.
  • If you are interested in showing your dog, each member is a case-by-case requirement. Due to working with and around live animals, your parent/guardian will need to sign a liability form.
  • Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.

More Dog Project Resources