1 2018 LINCOLN COUNTY 4-H DOG SCHEDULE All classes are held on Sundays at 7:00 PM and meet at the 4-H Grounds Showring, 2 miles east of Canton. The first class begins on Sunday, May 13 th. (Bring your Dog). Make sure the SD 4-H Dog Project ID Vaccination /Verification Certificate and Waiver Form are completed and turned into the Extension Office by May 11 th. May 13 May 20 How to put on choke chain How to hold leash The Heel and Sit Exercise Finished May 27 The Figure 8 Sit for Exam Down Stay June 3 June 10 June 17 June 24 Heeling- Slow, Fast, and Normal Heeling- Right Turn, Left Turn, and About Turn Sit Stay The Recall Begin Rally Rally Begin Agility Rally Begin Showmanship: Grooming, Dog Parts, Knowledge Questions Showmanship: o Gaiting by Group & Individual o Stacking (posing) the Dog o Individual Examination July 1 Showmanship- Patterns July 8 Showmanship July 15 Review Session July 22 Practice Show July 28 8:30 AM Lincoln County Dog Show- Canton 4-H Grounds 4-H Dog Show Members please be there by 8:00. Please bring food and water for your dog. August 25 th State Dog Show- Huron, SD. Registration due by August 1. Lincoln County 4H Dog Show IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE CONTACT: Mike Whitehead , Katelynd Whitehead or the Extension Office at
2 LINCOLN COUNTY 4-H DOG OBEDIENCE 2018 PARTICIPANTS INSURANCE/WAIVER FORM I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT (Name of participant) (Address) is insured under the Lincoln County 4-H insurance program with the 4-H/Lincoln County Extension Office. AND I further certify that I will not hold the City of Canton, Lincoln County, the Lincoln County 4-H Dog Program, any of its staff or volunteers responsible for any injuries or illness sustained by the above participant while taking part in any activities or all scheduled 4-H Dog Obedience and Showmanship classes, shows, events, or activities. Signature (parent or guardian) Date Witnessed by Date PLEASE HAVE THIS FORM FILLED OUT AND RETURN IT TO THE Extension Office by MAY 11. THANK YOU. South Dakota State University, South Dakota counties, and USDA cooperating. SDSU adheres to AA/EEO guidelines in offering educational programs and services.
3 General Information Lincoln County 4-H Dog Obedience Classes 2018 Project Leader: Mike Whitehead Objectives The purpose of the South Dakota 4-H Dog Project is to help 4-H ers: Develop leadership, initiative, self-reliance, and sportsmanship. Experience the pride and responsibility of involvement with a dog. Learn a greater love for animals and develop a humane attitude toward them. Prepare for citizenship responsibilities by working together in groups and supporting community dog projects and activities. Risk & Responsibility Owners enter dogs in a 4-H show at their own risk and agree to abide by 4-H rules and regulations. The owner has sole responsibility for the dog and is liable if the dog hurts a person, another dog or damages property at any 4-H dog activity or event. Aggressive Dog Policy Dogs must be kept on leash at all times unless instructed otherwise by your dog training instructor or a judge. Any dog that attempts to bite or attack a human or another dog will immediately be removed from the activity or event. Any bite incident must be reported to the local authorities in compliance with South Dakota law. If the incident occurs during training, the situation will be reviewed by the county dog committee, including input from the dog training instructors, the county extension staff, and the family of the 4-H er involved. It is also important to note that members are legally responsible for the actions of their dog. Everyone in class should have appropriate liability insurance (usually a part of a homeowners or renters insurance policy) for their own protection. Safety is of paramount importance! 4-H Participation 1. The youth must have a completed 4-H enrollment on file, and be enrolled in the Dog Project to be eligible to exhibit. 2. The SD 4-H Dog Project ID Vaccination and Verification Certificate ( ) must be completed and uploaded to 4HOnline or submitted to the local 4-H office before attending project meetings or no later than June 1 of the current year to qualify to show at the State 4-H Dog Show. If the form is received after June 1, the 4-H er cannot receive anything higher than a blue ribbon at the county show and is not eligible for champion, reserve champion, or other special awards, nor can he/she qualify for the State Dog Show. 3. The 4-H member does not need to own the dog but must have trained, groomed and cared for the dog since June 1 of the current year. If the 4-H er qualifies for the State 4-H Dog Show, he or she must sign the registration form for the State 4-H Dog Show stating that he or she has trained, groomed and cared for the dog since June 1 of the current year. 4. A 4-H member may not substitute or change dogs after the county show in agility, obedience or rally obedience for any reason. In showmanship, the 4-H er is being judged on his/her ability to handle a dog; thus if a 4-H member s dog should get injured, killed or an intact female come into season after qualifying, the 4-H er is allowed to substitute another dog for the State 4-H Dog Show. 5. A 4-H member may show a maximum of two dogs per lot. 6. More than one 4-H er may show a dog in the various events; however, concern should be first for the health and safety of the dog. So when starting the dog project this should be kept in mind. See specific rulebooks for class requirements. Lincoln County 4-H Notes Dog training is a benefit not only for the dog but the entire family. It is designed for the 4-H er to educate his own dog. Obedience is a big commitment! It takes a lot of practice, patience, praise, and perseverance. It is also a lot of fun and very rewarding. All 4-Hers are expected to attend all dog-training sessions and practice with their dog ½ hour daily. (All 4-Hers must train his or her own dog at practices-no substituting). Classes will begin in MAY. Bring your dog to the first session. The SD 4-H Dog Project ID Vaccination and Verification Certificate must be completed and uploaded to 4HOnline or submitted to the local 4-H office by May 11 before practices begin along with your signed waiver. Read the vaccinations section for details listed below. The Dog Project ID Form is included. The Lincoln County 4-H Links for dog: Vaccinations The SD 4-H Dog Project ID Vaccination and Verification Certificate must be completed and uploaded to 4HOnline or submitted to the local 4-H office before trainings. This is the only vaccination information accepted for the county dog shows. Do not attach invoices, etc., from the veterinarian. The certificate MUST be signed and dated by the veterinarian. If more than one 4-H er is showing the same dog, for example someone is borrowing another s dog for Brace, have two certificates (one for each handler) completed for the dog. Complete a separate form for each project dog. When attaching the photo, the photo is to be of the dog only. The photo should not cover up any of the important information. The South Dakota Board of Animal Health requires dogs to have current Rabies vaccinations. Please have your veterinarian document on your Dog IDV certificate whether your vaccination is current for 1 year, 2 years, or 3 years by filling in the Revaccination Due Date. A current Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parinfluenza, and Parvovirus (DHLPP) vaccination is required for 4-H dogs. There are some variables that will determine whether your veterinarian will suggest a vaccination every year, every two years, or every three years. The 4-H Dog IDV certificate allows for your veterinarian to indicate whether he or she believes your dog would be revaccinated one year, two years, or three years from the listed vaccination date. In very rare cases, primarily due to the health
4 condition of the dog, a veterinarian will not recommend a DHLPP vaccination be given to a specific dog. In these cases, a titer will be required which demonstrates that antibodies are present in the blood that may protect the dog from infection and/or disease. (An adequate titer value does not guarantee an effective immune response.) If this is the case, a proof of titer must be attached to the Dog IDA form. The Leptospirosis requirement may be waived by your veterinarian. If so, there is a box for the veterinarian to check on the 4-H Dog IDA stating I certify that this dog has not been vaccinated for Leptospirosis. Although not required, it is recommended to ask your veterinarian about prevention for Kennel Cough, Lyme s Disease, Corona, Heartworm, etc. It is good practice to carry your current Rabies Certificate with you when you are out with your dog Notes: All classes held at Lincoln County 4-H Fairgrounds Showring (2 miles east of Canton). See attached schedule. All 4-Hers must have 4-H Insurance. You must purchase a choke chain and 6 ft. lead. A leather leash is easier to work with and gentler on your hands, but a nylon leash is perfectly acceptable. Your choke chain should be no more than two to three inches off the neck. Don t guess, measure around the dog s neck and then measure around the dog s head over his ears. Whichever is the largest measurement add two or three inches. Chokers come in 2 increments (for example 12, 14, 16, 18 etc). If your measurement plus two or three inches comes in between sizes go to the next larger size. Probably the single biggest mistake made in dog obedience is having the wrong size choke chain. Please ask if you have any further questions. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You will be on and off the ground with your dog. The best shoes for dog training are low ones with rubber heels. Jeans and tennis shoes are a best bet! No sandals, clogs, or flip flops to classes or shows. The dog may be owned by the 4-H member or the member s family. If the family does not have a dog or cannot keep a dog for each youngster in the family who is a club member, the 4-H er may train a dog owned by a neighbor. It is best if your dog is a least 9 months of age or older to start training. A dog is never too old to be trained. The 4-H member will usually train the family dog. It is important that the girl or boy have enough physical strength to control the dog. A small boy or girl matched with a large, rough dog has little chance of success. It is to the 4-H ers advantage to attend all of our sessions. If a lesson is missed, you ll be behind the rest of the class and it will take lots of hard work to catch up. Make sure the dog has been walked before class to prevent accidents. Bring supplies to clean up after your dog. Everyone cleans up after his or her own dog. Parents: It is very important for a parent to be present at each session. Why? To learn obedience training along with your child so you can help him at home. Please let your Dog Project Leader know that you are willing to volunteer and help at practices. A 4-H member shall determine his own lot for showing. However, a member may not show the same dog in a lower obedience lot number than what he has previously shown nor one that he has received a purple ribbon in at the State Fair. (The exception being the Open Class, Brace and Team lot numbers.) However, he may use a different dog. NO Wolf or Coyote allowed in 4-H, all other dogs, regardless of age or breed, are eligible to show. All breeds show together. At 4-H Dog Show, breed, color and conformation of the dog will not be considered. Dogs in Season- 4-H members should NOT bring dogs in season to training sessions or 4-H events or activities. It is recommended that you have a leather leash or nylon leash 6 ft. long with a snap bolt on one end and a loop on the other end. A close fitting choke collar is required. Fancy and spike collars are not allowed. Exhibitors are to be clean, well-groomed and must wear shoes (no sandals or open toed shoes). For information* listed below regarding the S.D, 4-H Dog Project, visit the Lincoln County 4-H Website:
5 Guidelines Feeding Exercise Clean-up Chores: Do not feed your dog 2 hours before class. Arrive 5 minutes before class starts so you can exercise your dog-this will help prevent clean-up chores in the ring. If your dog has an accident, hand him to the instructor. A shovel, broom, and garbage can will be available at the training site. You are responsible for cleaning up after your own dog. Equipment Needed: 6-foot leash, choke chain collar, showmanship collar. The choke chain collar should only be two or three inches off the dog s neck (providing it will slip over the dog s head easily). Put the collar on with the loose end (the end the leash is attached to) coming over the top of the dog s neck. The collar is put on this way so that when it is jerked and released, the collar will not hurt your dog. Always work your dog on a loose leash as a steady pull on the collar will choke the dog and will not give your dog the proper correction. Only use this collar when you are training your dog. Do not attach any tags to it. Never tie your dog when has the choke chain collar on. The lease should be soft leather or nylon webbing six feet in length. No chain leashes are allowed, as they will hurt the member s hands, thus causing weak and inconsistent correcting of the dog. A showmanship collar is required for showmanship classes. The Four P s : Practice Patience Praise Perseverance Practice: 15 minutes of quality training twice a day will go a long way in training your dog. Parents: Encourage your child to work their dog every day. No dog can be expected to learn in just one or two sessions a week. Patience: If you feel your patience is slipping stop training. Resume only after you ve regained your composure. Anger in training may cause fears in your dog that you may never be able to overcome. Keep training sessions short and sweet. Praise: Praising your dog at the proper time is one of the most powerful tools you can use during training sessions. Your dog feels that he is pleasing you and will look forward to your training sessions. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of praise, correction and consistency. Lots and lots of praise, immediate correction and them praise again when the dog has done it correctly. Be consistent. Don t allow your dog to sit improperly one day which you will not permit him to do the next. Perseverance: You must stay with it. The old phrase, Rome wasn t built in a day, was never truer than here. You may have to go over an exercise many times before your dog understands what you want from him/her, have faith, it will come eventually. Sickness Females in season: When your dog is sick please do not bring him to class. If your female is in season leave her at home until she goes out of season. However, you need to come to get the instructions for that week so training can continue at home. Should I wait a Year: The instructor reserves the right to encourage parents to have their child drop out of classes if she feels it is in the best interest of the 4-Her. Sometimes if the dog is too young or if the handler is too small for the animal it would be best to postpone training for another year. Keep your distance: Try to keep your dog quiet and on a short lead at all times. Keep your dog far enough from another dog to prevent being attacked. Dogs that are strange to one another will sometimes fight when crowded together. You are responsible for your dog in and out of the ring. Keeping a firm leash on him and keeping him away from the other dogs eliminates a lot of problems. Abusing your dog: Mistreatment of Dogs Absolutely no abuse or mistreatment, verbal or physical, of dogs will be tolerated in 4-H. Anyone caught hitting, kicking, or otherwise physically abusing a dog will be immediately dismissed from the event or activity. Substituting: No dog may be substituted for one already in the class without the instructor s permission. No new registrations will be taken after the second class. Cleanliness: It is a very nice gesture if your dog comes to each session clean and well groomed. Guests: Other family members and friends are welcome to observe the classes from the sidelines. We encourage parents to come and learn dog obedience along with their children so they can be supportive and helpful to them at home. Agility Training Agility Training was added to the Lincoln County Dog Project in A 4-H member and their dog may start agility classes after finishing one year of dog obedience and showmanship. Dog agility classes are offered the same time and place as obedience and showmanship.