- To teach the handler to train his dog to be an obedient and agreeable companion.
- To experience the pride and responsibilities of dog ownership.
- To accept constructive criticism and learn new ways of training and caring for dogs.
Health: A dog will absolutely not be permitted in training until he has had his shots (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and rabies) and a health certificate from the veterinarian has been presented. No dogs with contagious or infectious disease will be permitted to train and if suspected by trainer will be removed until cleared by veterinarian. Dogs must be wormed. No skin disease or fleas or ticks.
NOTE: Certain required vaccinations have not been proven effective in wolf-hybrids, therefore, because wolf-hybrids cannot meet the vaccination requirements of the Indiana Board of Animal Health, wolf-hybrid dogs cannot be shown in the 4-H Dog Program.
- Dogs must be 6 months or older.
- Dogs must be owned by 4-H member or his immediate family or household by the time of the show, i.e. County Fun Match or County Fair. Ownership is waived on 4-H "Service Dogs" raised for the handicapped.
- Dogs may only be shown by the 4-H member or their sibling from May 15 through the Dog Show. Exhibition by any other individual makes the dog ineligible for the Dog Show.
- Each member shall be responsible for the care and behavior of his dog. Each member must clean up after his dog.
- A project leader, at his discretion, may and will bar any unruly dog from further training and the show.
- Excessive and/or inhumane treatment of a 4-H dog by a handler and/or family member will be grounds for disqualification of the 4-H exhibitor.
- 4-H dogs must wear well fitting slip collars of leather, fabric or chain in any obedience class. The leash may be of fabric or leather and shall be six feet in length.
- Collar tags will not be allowed in the 4-H show.
- A 4-H exhibitor may show only ONE dog in only one obedience class and/or one dog trained through 4-H for the handicapped.
- The 4-H Showmanship and/or 4-H Drill Team dog must be the same dog shown by the same 4-H exhibitor in an Obedience Class. Dogs trained through 4-H for the handicapped are not by design allowed to be shown in 4-H Showmanship and/or 4-H Drill Team competition.
- The first year LOT A is open ONLY for youngsters and dogs who are both just starting the project. Any youngster or dog with training before March 1, this year, must be shown in the FIRST YEAR LOT B OR ABOVE.
- A dog fouling in the ring will receive an automatic 10 point dock in the score for that exercise. The same penalty applies to drill team dogs.
- Commercial advertisement and insignia on 4-H exhibitors while showing their dogs is PROHIBITED; however, 4-H insignia is permitted.
- Once final score sheets have been turned in to auditing during the Dog Show, no further exhibitors will be allowed to show in that class for a placing.
- The high jump height will be measured as once the height of the 4-H dog measured at the withers. Minimum height is eight inches. The broad jump distance shall be measured as twice the high jump height.
- Obedience Regulations not covered by these rules will be based on the regulations of the Indiana State Fair Dog Regulations and the American Kennel Club, Inc. regulations.
- Special problems or infractions not covered by these rules will be acted upon by the committee.
- Decisions of the judges are final.
- All handicapped participants will be afforded all reasonable access and opportunity to participate on a basis equal with any other 4-H dog handler.
- In case of sickness of a member or any other legitimate reason, he/she may have their dog shown by another 4-H member.
- The record sheet must be completed and turned in by the time of the exhibit. Members are encouraged to complete 3 activities in their 4-H Dog manual.
- Agility - see Project Leaders for State Fair Rules.
- 4-H member and dog may attend and participate in other non-4-H groups, but the member is the only one who is to train the dog.
- Grand Champion will be selected from division winners who score a minimum of 100 points out of a possible 200 points. 4-H handlers and dogs qualifying for Grand Champion competition will perform the following exercise: Recall for the class in which the member is competing.
- Reserve Grand Champion will be selected from division winners and the 2nd place division dog to the Grand Champion with a minimum score of 100 points and will perform the same exercise as the Grand Champion.
- The current year “Certificate of Completion of Indiana Requirements for Exhibition of Dogs”, form 4-H 671-W, vet form is due April 15th from all previous year members that are NOTshowing a new dog. Form 4-H 671-W is due from 1st year members and previous members showing a NEW dog by the 3rd Wednesday meeting in March. This form is to be turned in to the 4-H Dog Committee.
- Dogs in the 4-H program should not be fed after 9 a.m. on days of training class or show.
- Animals that are vaccinated at home must provide an original receipt for the vaccine and attach the receipt and the label for the vaccine on the vet form; in addition to putting the date of vaccination on the form.
- Dogs that bite any official (including judges) will be disqualified from all further activities and will be sent home from the show.
- Dogs that have been disqualified in their Obedience class are not eligible for exhibition in showmanship, agility, or drill team.
- Dogs that have been disqualified in Obedience may not exhibit in Showmanship.
First Year - Lot A
- For 4-H'ers with no previous formal dog training experience with a dog which has received no obedience training prior to March 1 of the current year. Class is not repeatable.
First Year - Lot B
- For 4-H'ers with previous dog training experience, (including showing in 1A) or for 4-H'ers with no experience whose dogs have had training which disqualifies them for One-A (not repeatable with the same dog).
First Year - Service Dog - Lot A
- For 4-H'ers with no previous dog training experience with a Leader Dog.
First Year - Service Dog - Lot B
- For 4-H'ers with previous dog training experience (4-H or otherwise) coming back with a leader dog.
Second Year - Lot A
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have completed One-A and/or One-B. Class is not repeatable with same dog.
Second Year - Lot B
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have spent a year in class. Class is repeatable with same dog. Second Year - Section A, but are not ready for third year work.
Third Year - Lot A
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have completed second year work. Class not repeatable with same dog.
Third Year - Lot B
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have been in Three-A, but are not ready for fourth year work. Class is repeatable with same dog.
Fourth Year - Lot A
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have completed third year work. Class not repeatable with same dog.
Fourth Year - Lot B
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have been in Four-A, but are not ready for fifth year work. Class is repeatable with same dog.
Fifth Year - Lot A
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have completed fourth year work. Class not repeatable with same dog.
Fifth Year - Lot B
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have been in Five-A, but are not ready for sixth year work. Class is repeatable with same dog.
Sixth Year - Lot A
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have completed fifth year work. Class not repeatable with same dog.
Sixth Year - Lot B
- For 4-H'ers and dogs which have been in Six-A and repeat. Class is repeatable with same dog.
- For 4-H’ers whose dogs are at least 7 years old or are physically challenged.
For any 4-H exhibitor in grades 3, 4, 5. Once an exhibitor is the Junior Showmanship winner; he/she is only eligible to compete in Intermediate or Senior Showmanship . This is county level only.
For any 4-H exhibitor in grades 6, 7, 8. Once an
exhibitor is the Intermediate Showmanship winner; he/she is only eligible to compete in Senior Showmanship. This is county level only.
For any 4-H member in grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Exceptions only for previous Intermediate Showmanship winners.
Grand Champion Showmanship will be selected from division winners who score a minimum of 100 points. The 2nd place 4-H’er to the Grand Champion Showmanship with a minimum of 100 points will compete for Reserve Grand Champion Showmanship.
See project leaders for State Fair rules. Drill team at county level is exhibition only. Drill team competes at State Fair.
4-H Dog Poster Educational Exhibit
- Junior Division for 4-H'ers grades 3, 4, 5.
- Intermediate Division for 4-H'ers grades 6, 7, 8.
- Senior Div. for 4-H'ers grades 9, 10, 11, 12.
- 22" x 28" educational poster displayed horizontally with a stiff backing, and a clear protective covering.
- An educational table top display including a display board that occupies a space no larger than 36" high x 48" wide x 12" deep.
- An educational three dimensional free standing - table top exhibit, or miniature scene backed by a display board, no larger than 36" high x 48" long x 24" deep.
An exhibit tag secured from the County Extension Office should be filled out and attached to the lower right-hand corner of the poster exhibit.
Junior- Dog Care, Dog Breeds, Me and My Dog, Helping the Handicapped.
Intermediate - Purposes of Dogs, Responsible Dog Ownership, Uses of Dogs, Disease/Parasite Prevention, Careers with Dogs.
Senior- Learning Life-skills with the Dog Project, Your Dog and the Law, Food, A Dog's Sense of Smell, Dog Over-Population Problems, Animal Health, Animal Welfare.
Exhibit Topics: The following suggestions are ideas for development of educational dog exhibits. 4-H'ers need NOT be limited by or to just these mentioned topics.
See leaders for additional ideas & topics.