Are You Into It?

“Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my!” These animals do not make good pets; however, dogs do! Dogs are used for sports and assist in working livestock. The dog project helps you explore what kind of dog fits into your family’s lifestyle and how to be an excellent trainer and caretaker of your dog.

New 2017 Dog Class Descriptions

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2017 Dog Score Sheets:

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State Fair 4-H Info.


Iowa State Fair 4-H Dog Show - Rally Class Preview

Take It Further

Opportunities to explore Dogs:

  • Complete a Service-Learning project
  • Contact your county Iowa State University Extension Office for information about local dog related events
  • Learn about service animals and the process for fostering and training a service animal
  • If you are interested in veterinary science and taking care of dogs, visit with Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Job-shadow at a local business (pet store, veterinary clinic, breeder, etc.) in a dog related career that interests you
  • Go to local dog shows and explore the differences in dog breeds and how they are shown
  • Explore health safety issues with dogs – what diseases do dogs have that might make humans ill?
  • Explore what kinds of dogs make the best pets – compare breeds, inside dogs, outside dogs
  • Learn how puppies are acquired by the local pet store
  • Research all the kinds of parasites your dog might get and how to protect you and your dog
  • Do some comparison shopping for dog supplies
  • Explore what kind of restrictions and laws your community might have on dogs
  • What are the requirements for licensing a dog in your community?
  • Explore the subject of animal assisted therapy, how it is used and what the benefits are
  • If you are in high school, consider attending the annual Iowa 4-H Youth Conference

Dog Score Sheets - Updated 2017

Exhibit Ideas

  • Exhibit your dog at the fair
  • Make a first aid kit for a dog. Tell why and how each item is used
  • Share diet and nutrition information for raising a healthy dog – teach other 4-H members how to read a nutrition label on the dog food bag
  • Interview your veterinarian about a microchip to identify your dog; develop a video about options
  • Attend a dog show; take photos and make a notebook about dog breeds
  • Write a story about your dog for a younger sibling
  • Visit a dog store and find as many pieces of dog equipment as you can.  Identify necessary equipment and costs
  • Make a poster on diseases your dog can get. Tell about its discovery, effects, treatments, prognosis, and outcomes
  • Research jobs related to dogs; make a poster showing three jobs that interest you
  • Develop a video showing the steps in training a dog
  • Research the country or area your dog came from.  Take special note of the people, tradition and other types of animals that live in the area.  Design a poster showing your dog’s origin
  • Design a toy for your dog; tell about your decisions related to safety and cleanliness
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