4-H Dog Care & Training
Are You Into It ?
“Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my!” Do not make good pets but dogs do! Dogs are also used for sport 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.
• Learn major dog breeds and identify their characteristics
• Study responsibilities of dog ownership
• Demonstrate dog care and management in feeding, handling, record-keeping, grooming and fitting
• Learn dog health regulations, first aid, and simple treatments for ailments
Here's What You Can Do All Year !
Take Dogs Further !
• Contact your county 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 Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/
• Job-shadow at a local business (pet store, veterinary clinic, breeder, etc.) in a dog related career that interests you
• Go to local and area 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