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4-H Youth Development

Dog Care and Training

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.

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

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.

Dog Care & Training (DG100)

Project Leader Resources and Quiz Bowl Contest Resources

General Dog Care & Training Resources and Quiz Bowl Contest Resources

Related Resources - Veterinary Science

Events and Activities

State 4-H Dog Show, Kansas State Fair
When: 2nd Saturday of Kansas State Fair
Where: Hutchinson, KS
Donors: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., C.A.R.E.S., Inc.

State 4-H Dog Conference and Quiz Bowl
When: October-November
Where: Rock Springs 4-H Center

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation 1905 Society

State Level
Award: Medallion
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation 1905 Society

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation 1905 Society

Career Connections