Sussex County 4-H dog clubs teach members to help their pet dog become a perfect member of the family. Youth learn basic skills for dog care and training. Activities include knowing breeds, selecting a dog, knowing the parts of a dog, keeping a dog healthy and groomed, training and much more.
Additionally, 4-H members may explore more about dog health, nutrition, and care, genetic problems, population control, showmanship, training, ethics and budgeting.
As they advance, 4-H dog club members have the opportunity to investigate topics such as: responsible breeding, diseases, caring for geriatric dogs, training, service dogs, dog roles and careers related to dogs.Objectives for 4-H youth in dog clubs includes learning how to:
- Train dogs
- Groom, fit and show dogs
- Care for dogs
- Appreciate dog’s place and roles in society
- Select the right dog for their family and lifestyle
- Identify breeds
- Explore dog-related careers
- Investigate dog related activities
The National 4-H Curriculum provides guidance through their materials, for more information:
Our Sussex County 4-H Dog Clubs are:
Dogs & Paws
Love on a Leash (Seeing Eye)
Take the Lead