The 4-H Dog Project is open to youth in 4th through 12th grade.
Junior are grades 4-6
Intermediates are grades 7-9
Seniors are grades 10-12
Occasionally a youth may handle a more eperienced 4-H obedience dog-to help determine the correct obedience level for competition--or a question on advancing to the next level of obedience-the committee will review on a case-by-case basis (9/7/04).
The Dog 4-H project is one that is best done in a club setting. While not impossible, it is difficult to have an independent dog project. This is due to the county requirements for the dog project: records, training sessions, knowledge, etc. The training sessions not only train your dog, but proof the team for control, aggression issues and give the handler opportunities to work with variables not available when working alone.
All care and fitting of the dog must be done by the youth.
Finding a 4-H Club
The Marion County 4-H Office (Melanie--503-566-2960) will help you find a club in your area.
Dog Project Materials