The dog project is designed for youth who are interested in learning more about dogs, how to care for a dog, and how to train a dog in basic or advanced commands.

Starting Out, Beginner Jr./Int./Sr.

Starting Out, Beginner

Inspiring youth to:

  • Learn what kind of dog would be best for you and your family
  • Learn about goal setting
  • Evaluate project with leader
  • Learn how to keep records
  • Learn how to assume responsibility


Learning More, Intermediate, Jr./Int./Sr.

Learning More, Intermediate

Inspiring youth to:

  • Obedience training
  • Learn how to train a dog obey certain beginning and novice level commands such as heel, sit, down, stand for examination, recall, finish and the figure eight
  • Investigate dog breed origins
  • Find out why dogs are neutered or spayed
  • Compare dog foods
  • Evaluate project with leader
  • Learn about goal setting
  • Gain knowledge of sound management practices
  • Develop sportsmanship
  • Develop public speaking skills


Exploring Depth, Advanced, Jr./Int./Sr.

Exploring Depth, Advanced

Inspiring youth to:

  • Advanced training
  • Learn about dogs that help people
  • Help younger members train their dogs
  • Assist the 4-H Dog leader with training
  • Learn how to do a budget
  • Explore career opportunities related to dogs
  • Build lifelong friendship