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Dog 4-H Project Area

The 4-H Dog project area consists of three project manuals. Each manual covers three years of activities.  

Four 4-H Dog Project Manuals from Shop4H
    • The activities in Wiggles and Wags (Dog 1) relate to body parts, selection, correcting behavior, housebreaking a puppy, body language, controlling fleas, health care, grooming and training a dog to respond to seven basic commands.
    • Canine Connection (Dog 2) explores dog web resources; breed origins; health, safety, feeding and parasite control; locating a missing dog; socialization; showmanship; and tricks.
    • In Leading the Pack (Dog 3), you will share knowledge and skills as you learn how to plan and conduct a dog show, a showmanship clinic, a puppy training class and a skillathon as well as research zoonosis diseases, administer emergency first aid, explore dog laws and dog careers, and teach others about)

    If a member completes the 9 years of project manuals, they can work with their county Extension professionals to determine their learning opportunities for their remaining 4-H years.

    Scoresheets

    Each year, 4-H members should complete 7 activities in the project manual as well as the planning pages at the beginning of the manual.

    There are not separate documents with the scoresheets for dog project series. Scoresheets can be located inside the Record Guides on page 13.

    Record Guides

    Youth who has selected a Dog 4-H project typically are raising a dog as part of their project work. A project record guide is part of the animal science project experience.  

    Paper Record Guides

    Electronic Record Guides

    Dog-less Dog Project

    If you enroll in this project area without an animal, check with your local Extension professional for approval and guidelines.

    Exhibit Ideas

    • Many youth in this project area will exhibit an animal at a 4-H pet show.
    • Poster, Story, and/or Model on one of the following topics: body parts, selection, correcting behavior, housebreaking a puppy, body language, controlling fleas, health care, grooming, or training a dog to respond to seven basic commands.

      • Examples of Blue Ribbon Exhibits

      How Do I Sign Up?

      Screenshot of 4-H ZSuite enrollment page to select project
      The first step is to create an enrollment in our ZSuite website.

      Enroll in 4-H ZSuite

      When you get to the CLUBS tab of the enrollment, you will want to ADD PROJECT.

      For Dog, you should search for:
        • RECORD GUIDE - DOG / YEAR 1 - WIGGLES AND WAGS

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