Mixed breed or purebred, all kinds of dogs are welcome in the 4-H Dog Care and Training Project. You can have a better, well-mannered family member in about 6 weeks with our basic obedience training class. After obedience training, you can set your sights on Canine Good Citizenship Certification.
You will also learn about daily care and health of your dog, and being a “dog foster parent.” Even community service and competition you can do with your dog. Most important of all is having fun as you build a bond with your dog and make friends who love dogs too!
Teach your dog new tricks! Bring your dog and complete a basic obedience course in about 6 weeks. Have fun and build confidence as your dog improves.
You can do all sorts of activities, like:
- Foster dogs, therapy or guide dogs,
- Competitions such as rally, agility, obedience, showmanship or conformation
- career exploration
- canine good citizenship testing
Open Educational Presentation
A 4-H educational presentation is a demonstration of your knowledge and skills in a certain project area. This presentation is done in a way that is most comfortable to you. It can be accomplished using props, posters or media presentations (illustrated talk), or it can be you just speaking and convincing, or simply educating, with words alone (public speaking). The Educational Presentation Contest is a part of county, district and state Roundup. Visit the State Roundup webpage to learn more.
Texas 4-H Dog Show
The state 4-H dog show is held each year in July, and offers classes in agility, rally, obedience, costume, tricks, drill, showmanship and conformation. Some counties host 4-H Dog Shows. These contests will be publicized on this page and through e-mail as information becomes available. At the annual State 4-H Dog Show, you can enter photos you have taken of your dog in the Dog Photography Contest. Photos are entered in four categories: dog still life, active, storyboard, and theme.
- 2021 Dog Validation Instructions – Download | Video
- Dog Show – Parent/Volunteer Leader Meeting Agenda Item submissions
- 2021 Dog Show Rules
- Event Progression Rules – Quick Reference
- 2020 Letters with 2021 Letters: Coming Soon
- 2021 Judge Recruitment
- 2021 T-shirt contests – will use the winners from 2020 for 2021 so we will not do a call for submissions for the new year.
- Dog General Anatomy | Key
- Trivia Questions | Answers
- Drill: Commands | Freestyle | Traditional
- Obedience: 4-H Graduate Novice | AKC Graduate Novice | Group Exercises | Novice | Open |
Pre-Novice | Utility
- Other: Costume Contest | Rally | Tricks
- State 4-H Dog Show Results: 2019 | 2018 | 2017
Visit with your county extension office to find out about local opportunities in your area.