Dogs is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Dog.

Dogs 1
What you can do in this project: learn basic skills for dog care and training; discover different dog breeds; study and identify dog body parts; learn how to keep a dog healthy and groomed
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 08166, Wiggles and Wags
4H369F, 4-H Dog Project Health Supplement
4H436, The Basics of Training Your Dog
4H458, 4-H Dog Judging Guidelines

Dogs 2
What you can do in this project: explore dog health and nutrition; discover genetic problems and population control; learn showmanship and training techniques; learn about show-ring ethics
Grades: 6-8
Resources: 08167, Canine Connection
4H439, Dog Obedience—Novice & Beyond

Dogs 3
What you can do in this project: investigate responsible breeding; care for geriatric dogs; train service dogs; explore careers related to dogs
Grades: 9-12
Resources: 08168, Leading the Pack
4H437,  A Guide To Showmanship

Dogs Leader
Resources: 08169, Dog Helper’s Guide
4H458, 4-H Dog Judging Guidelines
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Dogs? Try the links below.

Dog Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including dogs. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days
Series of four day-long events held around the state where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences. Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; hippology (the study of horses); and oral reasons workshops. In addition, each site offers a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin State 4-H Dog Show – Obedience and Showmanship
The show includes competitions in obedience and showmanship for the dogs and a variety of other activities from public speaking and demonstrations, arts shows, and a Dog Quiz Bowl for their people. The show is open to youth enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project. Exhibitors and dogs must meet county requirements for participation.

State 4-H Dog Bowl
Competition is usually held Friday night of the State 4-H Dog Show. See State Dog Show guidelines for details and entry. Check State 4-H Dog Show website for updates and details.

State 4-H Dog Agility Show
first official agility show held in 2008. Dogs of different levels of abilities and training welcome. See link for details.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Dogs Project. Just follow these links!

American Kennel Club
AKC Canine Health Foundation develops resources for basic and applied health programs to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners. Site offers information for people looking to invest or own a dog in the future.

Site is a directory of information about all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, aquarium fish and more.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Dogs Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension State Specialist: Ron Kean at