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4-H Youth Development


This project is for youth who are interested in learning more about dogs, how to care for a dog and how to train a dog in basic or advanced commands. Any kind of dog may be used in this unique project that is not designed to conform to the American Kennel Club or other professional standards. Members without dogs may wish to participate in quiz bowls, conference and other activities that do not require dog ownership.

Explore your Spark! 



Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Ages 7-9

  • Choose the right dog for your family
  • Explore dog behavior and body language
  • Learn grooming basics
  • Begin obedience training

Ages 10-13

  • Select nutritious dog foods
  • Identify dog breeds and their purposes
  • Show your dog in showmanship

Ages 14 and Older

  • Continue advanced obedience training
  • Learn local dog laws and ordinances
  • Explore the value of assistance dogs and careers with working dogs

Project Materials

New Resources to Help in 2022-23

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.

**New Kansas 4-H Dog Show Rules (January, 2023)**

This rule book is designed to help establish uniform regulations and procedures for the 4-H dog shows and events throughout the state. Please use this book as a guide when setting up your shows and establishing show rules. All judges should be made familiar with 4-H dog show rules and objectives, which are often different from other organizations’ rules.

    • Scoresheets from Kansas 4-H Dog Show Rules (January, 2023)

Dog Care & Training (DG100)

Project Leader Resources and Quiz Bowl Contest Resources

  • Dog Helper's Guide
  • Dog Resource Handbook from Ohio State University (2018) -to order, visit - https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/dog-resource-handbook/ 
  • Kansas 4-H Dog Care & Training Project Leader Notebook.  This notebook has been pulled in 2019, since it has some information that is not correct.  County/District offices still have a file copy to view.

General Dog Care & Training Resources and Quiz Bowl Contest Resources

Record Keeping Resources

Related Resources - Veterinary Science

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet

State Level
Award: Medallion

National Level
Award: National 4-H Congress Scholarship

Career Connections

Dog Project Resources from Other Places