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					                                     DOG OBEDIENCE – page 1

Manual requirements for completion:

Completed Dog Activity/Record sheet Complete Dog Knowledge Test
Completed vaccination form

4-Hers must have their enrolled dog’s completed 4-H vaccination form (current
year) turned into their dog obedience leaders BEFORE their dog can attended
training classes.
(The dog must be vaccinated for rabies, distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis, parvovirus and Bordetella
(kennel cough), or as required by the state. Heartworm preventative is recommended. Vaccination forms
will be available from 4-H dog leaders and the Extension Office. See Dog Requirements on Page 190.
The dog(s) to be exhibited must be enrolled and have vaccination forms completed BEFORE ATTENDING TRAINING
CLASSES.

For exhibit: each 4-H member may do one or more of the following:
1. Participate in the dog obedience show on Saturday.
2. Display a dog poster, and/or dog display.
Any exhibitor may show at the State Fair, pre-registration is required. Check with the Extension
Office.
1. The 4-H member must feed, train and care for his/her own dog or family dog which must live at the
residence of the 4-H'er. Exceptions may be made by the 4-H Council, after a recommendation from the
dog sponsoring committee. Exceptions will be made for dogs involved in the leader dog for the blind
program, and certain other special cases.
2. The dog may be any age over 6 months as of April 15.
3. The dog does not need to be purebred.
4. The dog must be vaccinated for rabies, distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis, parvovirus and Bordetella (kennel cough), or as
required by the state. Heartworm preventative is recommended.

5. The dog may not be exhibited showing any sign of any communicable disease (INCLUDING FLEAS
AND TICKS).

6. Each dog must compete in the obedience portion of the 4-H dog show in order to compete in
showmanship or agility competition.

7. Female dogs in heat during the fair, may be shown by special arrangement in obedience only.
Female dogs in heat may not attend training classes, however 4-Hers may still attend classes. It is
best to have your dog spayed or neutered if they are not breeding stock.

8. The exhibitor assumes all responsibility for his/her dog.

9. 4-H dogs must wear well-fitting chain slip collars in any obedience class. No tags are permitted on
this collar. The leash may be of fabric or leather and shall be six feet in length. Leather leashes are
recommended.

10. 4-H'ers must attend at least 6 of the dog obedience classes in order to be eligible to show at the
county fair dog obedience show. However, 4-H'ers will be more successful if more classes are
attended.

11. Any aggressive dog may be muzzled at the discretion of the leaders, or required to wear pinch
collars during practice or be dismissed from the project.

12. 4-H members cannot show wolves or wolf hybrids because they do not meet state vaccination
requirements.
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Dogs and/or handlers with previous training will be evaluated by the Dog sponsoring
committee to determine what class they will be entered in. A handler may skip to a higher class
level if they wish to do more advanced exercises. If they show at this level, they cannot move
back to a lower class with the same dog in subsequent years.
                              JUDGING CLASSES OFFERED
     (An * denotes an AKC “graduate exercise-see “SHOWING IN 4-H OBEDIENCE” under
                              “EXERCISES for descriptions)

CLASS 1A (not repeatable) For 4-H'ers with no previous formal dog training experience with a dog which
has received no obedience training prior to January 1 of the current year. Exercises are: Heel on leash,
Figure 8 on Leash, Stand for Exam on Leash, Recall on Leash, 1 minute Sit Stay on Leash, 3 minute
Down Stay on Leash.
CLASS 1B (Not repeatable with the same dog) For 4-H'ers with previous dog training experience
(including showing in 1A) or 4-Her’s with no experience whose dog has had training which disqualifies
them from 1A. Exercises are: Heel on Leash, Figure 8 on Leash, Stand for Exam on Leash, Recall off
Leash, 1 minute Sit Stay off Leash, 3 minute Down Stay off Leash.
CLASS 2A (Not repeatable with the same dog) Exercises are: Heel & Figure 8 on Leash, Stand for
Exam off Leash, Heel Free, Recall off Leash, 1 minute Sit Stay off Leash, 3 minute Down Stay off Leash.
CLASS 2B (May repeat until ready to move up) Exercises are : Heel & Figure 8 on Leash, Stand for
Exam off Leash, Heel Free, *Drop on Recall, 3 minute Sit Stay off Leash, 5 minute Down Stay off
Leash.
CLASS 3A (Not repeatable with the same dog) Exercises are: Heel Free, Figure 8 off Leash, Stand
for Exam off Leash, “Dumbbell Recall. Drop on Recall, 3 minute Sit Stay Handler Out of Sight, 5
minute Down Stay Handler out of Sight.
CLASS 3B (May repeat until ready to move up) Exercises are: Heel Free, Figure 8 off Leash, Stand
for Exam off Leash, Retrieve on Flat, Drop on Recall, 3 minute Sit Stay Handler Out of Sight, 5 minute
Down Stay Handler Out of Sight.
CLASS 4A (Not repeatable with the same dog) Exercises are: Heel Free, Figure 8 off Leash, Retrieve
on Flat, *Recall Over High Jump, *Recall over Broad Jump, 3 minute Sit Stay Handler Out of Sight, 5
minute Down Stay Handler Out of Sight.
CLASS 4B (May repeat until ready to move up) Exercises are: Heel Free, Figure 8 off Leash,
Retrieve Over High Jump, Broad Jump, 3 minute Sit Stay Handler Out of Sight, 5 minute Down Stay
Handler Out of Sight.
CLASS 5A (Not repeatable with the same dog) Exercises are: *Hand Signals, *Directed Retrieve,
Retrieve Over High Jump, Broad Jump, *Moving Stand & Examination
CLASS 5B (May repeat until ready to move up) Exercises are: Hand Signals, Directed Retrieve,
Retrieve Over High Jump, Broad Jump, Moving Stand and Examination.
CLASS 6A (Not repeatable with the same dog.) Exercises are: Hand Signals, *Scent Discrimination,
Directed Retrieve, Moving Stand & Examination, *Go Out, *Directed Jumping.
CLASS 6B (May Repeat) Exercises are: Hand Signals, Scent Discrimination, Directed Retrieve,
Directed Jumping, Moving Stand & Examination.
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VETERANS CLASS (Repeatable) For 4-H members whose dog are at least 7 years old or are
physically challenged. The dog must have completed at least Class 2B in previous years. Dogs
that are physically challenged must be accompanied by a letter from a veterinarian stating that the
dog is unable to perform jumping and/or retrieving exercises. A dog may not be shown in any other
obedience class once they have competed in the Veterans Class. Exercises are: Heel on Leash &
Figure 8, Stand for Exam off Leash, Heel Free, Recall off Leash, 3 minute sit stay off leash, 5 minute
down stay off leash.

                                      SHOWMANSHIP CLASSES

NOVICE SHOWMANSHIP:

Div. I - For any exhibitor who is in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade on January 1 of current year, and in their
first year of showmanship.

Div. 2 - For any 4-H exhibitor who is in the 6th grade or above on January 1 of the current year and in
their first year of showmanship.

JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP -
For any 4-H exhibitor who is in the 4th or 5th grade on January 1 of the current year. Once an
exhibitor is the Junior showmanship winner, then he/she is only eligible to compete in Intermediate or
Senior showmanship in subsequent years.

INTERMEDIATE SHOWMANSHIP
For any 4-H member in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade on January 1 of the current year. Once an exhibitor is
the Intermediate showmanship winner, he/she is only eligible to compete in Senior showmanship in
future years. Exception only for Junior winners.

SENIOR SHOWMANSHIP
For any 4-H member in the 9th grade or above on January 1 of the current year. Exceptions only for
Intermediate winners. Once an exhibitor is the Senior showmanship winner, he/she is only eligible to
compete in Master Showmanship in future years.

MASTER SHOWMANSHIP
Past and present Senior showmanship winners and current year winners of the other showmanship
classes.
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                                       AGILITY COMPETITION
The 4-H Dog Agility Program is an obstacle course based on guidelines from the United Kennel Club.
Some modifications to the UKC rules have been made to provide a program suitable for 4-H handlers of
all ages. Dogs showing in agility are also required to show in obedience at Level 1B or above. The dog
must wear a buckle collar. The level of competition will be determined by the handler and their county
leader based on the dog’s ability and training.

Scoring will be based on UKC rules, starting with 200 points and subtracting Performance faults based on
a set Course Time. Time faults for course time exceeding the set time will be deducted.

Judging Classes –
Beginning A (may must use a 6’ lead) – Beginning B (must be off leash/lead)
   *Beginning A – 4-H member has not previously participated in Agility.
   *Beginning B – 4-H member has participated in Beginning Agility before, with the current dog or a
different dog.

Intermediate (must be off lead) –
  *Intermediate A – 4-H member has not previously participated in Intermediate Agility
  *Intermediate B – 4-H member has participated in Intermediate Agility before, with current dog or a
different dog.

Advanced (must be off lead) –
  *Advanced A – 4-H member has not previously participated in Advanced Agility
  *Advanced B – 4-H member has participated in Advanced Agility before, with the current dog or a
different dog.

Veterans (must be off lead)-
  *Veterans – Dog is at least 7 years old or physically challenged. A letter must accompany dogs that
are physically challenged from a veterinarian stating that the dog has limited ability in jumping exercises.

Each class will offer three divisions based on the dog’s height at the withers.
 Division 1 – dogs 14” and under will jump 8” hurdles
 Division 2 – dogs over 14” through 20” will jump 14” hurdles
 Division 3 – dogs over 20” will jump 20” hurdles

The pause table will be at the hurdle height for each division.
Beginning classes A & B Division 3 dogs will jump 14’ instead of 20”.
Veterans classes Division 2 & 3 will jump at the next lower jump height.

				
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