Pets 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 Pets.

Pets 1
What you can do in this project: explore your favorite pet or select a pet; identify pet body parts; learn to provide a safe environment; design a space for your pet.
Grades: 3-5
Resource: 06359, Pet Pals

Pets 2
What you can do in this project: explore animal digestion and feeding; shop for pet supplies; determine the animal’s sex and proper health; study pet behavior and communication.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 06360, Scurrying Ahead

Pets 3
What you can do in this project: explore pet products; teach others about pets; understand how genetics work; explore animal welfare issues.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 06361, Scaling the Heights

Pets Leader
Resources: 06362, Pet Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


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

Pets Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including pets. 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.

Related Links

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

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 Pets Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on dogs and other pets.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Ron Kean