Dog is perfect 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. The dog project is unique and not meant to conform to AKC dog show or other professional standards. Although beginners do not need to own a dog to participate in the first level of the project, the more advanced levels do require dog ownership. Each level may take up to three years to complete. Youth can sign up for Dog Obedience and Dog/Agility to supplement their learning experience but must enroll in Level 1, 2 or 3.

Dog, Level 1

Enroll in Obedience and/or Agility on form if desired

In level 1, the activities are for those who may or may not have a dog of their own, but want to learn more. If you don’t have a dog, some of the activities in this level may help you decide whether you want to make the commitment to own and care for a dog. You will learn about basic care, training, breeds, parts of the dog, and how to keep a dog healthy and groomed.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You may take up to three years to complete this level. You must complete a minimum of seven activities and three learning experiences each year to complete the project.

MATERIALS

M Wiggles and Wags, BU8166, $6.00
L Dog Helper’s Guide, BU8169, $6.00

Dog, Level 2

Enroll in Obedience and/or Agility on form if desired

Level 2 offers opportunities and challenges to explore a wide range of activities related to dogs. Dog ownership is necessary to participate in this level. You will explore more about dog health, nutrition, care, genetic problems, population control, showmanship, training, ethics and budgeting.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You must complete a minimum of seven activities and five learning experiences each year to complete this project.

MATERIALS

M Canine Connection, BU8167, $6.00
L Dog Helper’s Guide, BU8169, $6.00

Dog, Level 3 

Enroll in Obedience and/or Agility on form if desired

In this level, you will focus on advanced skills in dog training and management. By this level, you may be ready to compete in AKC trials. You will investigate responsible breeding, diseases, caring for geriatric dogs, training, service dogs, dog roles and careers related to dogs. You will also be presented with many leadership opportunities.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You must complete a minimum of seven activities and five learning experiences each year to complete this project. It may take as many as three years for you to complete this level.

MATERIALS

M Leading the Pack, BU8168, $6.00
L Dog Helper’s Guide, BU8169, $6.00

ADDITIONAL PROJECT MATERIALS

L Dog Resource Handbook 4H201R, $23.95
Dog Independent Study 
Dog Helpers Guide BU8169, $6.00 Group games and activities provide helpers with ideas for facilitating learning. Service learning opportunities are encouraged. Training activities and resources are highlighted.