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Scroll down throughout this section to find information about dogs, companion animals and rabbits. Project information about each species is at the bottom of this page.

DOGS

  Ohio 4-H Dog Program Facebook Page

2014 Permission to Participate in Ohio 4-H Dog Activities Required Form

Permission to Participate in Ohio 4-H Dog Activities Disclosure and Release of Claims document is mandatory for ALL 4-H dog project members. ALL youth enrolled in 4-H dog projects are required to sign the Permission to Participate in Ohio 4-H Dog Activities Disclosure and Release of Claims document, as well as a parent or guardian is required to sign this document, before youth are allowed to participate in any 4-H dog activities with their dogs. This document must be signed each year a youth enrolls in a 4-H dog project and is to be kept on file at the county Extension office. It is also recommended the 4-H club advisor keep a signed copy. (Note: The 2014 form is the same as the 2013 form.)

4-H Dog Achievement Program (DAP)

Information about the new 4-H Dog Achievement Program project can be found at: go.osu.edu/DAP.

2014 State 4-H Dog, Companion, and Small Animal Calendar

To view or download the 2014 State 4-H Dog, Companion, and Small Animal Calendar click here.

2014 Ohio 4-H Dog Expo - April 26, Stark County Fairgrounds, Canton, OH

2014 County Dog Information

   Youth with Disabilities (Winning 4-H Plan)

   County Dog ID and Health Certificate

   Rules recommended for use in counties

   Ohio 4-H Dog Judges' Guidelines - for County and State Fairs

2014 Showmanship and You & Your Dog Questions

2014 Dog Show Score Sheets

Fun Matches

2014 Ohio 4-H Dog Bowl Contest

2014 Ohio State Fair Dog Show Information

 Entry Deadlines

 Classes

  Project ID Form and Vaccination Certificate

 Rules for Ohio State Fair Participation

Ohio State Fair Dog Show Entry Forms

Donors Needed

Award donors are needed for the Ohio 4-H Dog Bowl and Ohio State Fair Dog Show. Any donation is welcomed. Trophies are $35.00 each for the State Fair. The cost to sponsor one State Fair class, including the trophy, is $75.00. Sponsors will have their names on the awards, be invited to hand out their awards, recognized during the event they are a contributing sponsor, and have their names in the Dog Show Program at the State Fair, as well as announced throughout the shows. Click here for the sponsor form.

State 4-H Dog Advisory Committee

Dog Resources

 Dog Resource Handbook Information

  Click here to download the revisions to the 2012 Dog Resource Handbook

  Click here for the Beginning Dog Learning Activities

  Click here for the Intermediate Dog Learning Activities

  Click here for the Advanced Dog Learning Activities

2013 Ohio State Fair Dog Show Results

2013 Showmanship and You and Your Dog Question Bank

COMPANION ANIMALS

NOTE: MAJOR CHANGES IN COMPANION ANIMAL JUDGING REQUIREMENTS TO COMPETE AT THE OHIO STATE FAIR COMPANION ANIMAL DAY JUDGING

2014 Ohio State Fair Companion Animal Day Judging

2014 County Companion Animal Judging Informaiton

Companion Animal Resources

2013 Ohio State Fair Companion Animal Day Results

RABBITS

2014 Rabbit Information

2014 Ohio State Fair Market Rabbit Barn Sale for 4-H Members

2013 Ohio State Fair Rabbit Information

2013 Rabbit Resources

2012 Ohio State Fair Rabbit Show Results

4-H PROGRAM / PROJECT BOOKS

There are several 4-H projects available to youth interested in dogs, rabbits, and companion animals. Boys and girls must be ages 8 and in the third grade as of January 1, 2013, with the last year of eligibility, or participation, in 4-H being the year in which the individual turns 19. Descriptions of these projects are listed below:

Dog Projects

201 DOG PROJECT AND RECORD BOOK. Complete this required project and record book every year a dog project is taken. Get to know all aspects of dog care and welfare while keeping complete records of your experience as a dog owner. Use one project book each year, even if your dog is involved in more than one project and even if you have more than one dog. Use this with 201R Dog Resource Handbook. Use this project and record book for all of these dog projects:

201D YOU AND YOUR DOG. Recommended as a first-year dog project and also as a complement to other dog projects. Can be taken every year.

201O OBEDIENCE. Covers beginning and advanced obedience training and Rally.

201S SHOWMANSHIP. Learn the basics of dog showmanship.

201P PERFORMANCE. Includes agility, drill team, canine freestyle, and other performance events.

201W WORKING DOGS. Includes assistance dogs such as Pilot Dogs, Inc., Canine Companions for Independence, and other service dog organizations.

201R DOG RESOURCE HANDBOOK. The Dog Resource Handbook is a required supplement for youth taking 4-H dog projects. This resource handbook contains essential information for members taking a dog project and includes everything from selecting a dog that’s right for you, proper care, training techniques, dog anatomy, competition, and much more. Purchase it just once and use it for several years. It is also a great resource for people wanting to learn more about dogs. (Revised Edition January 2012)

Click here to download the revisions to the 2012 Dog Resource Handbook

Click here for the Beginning Dog Learning Activities

Click here for the Intermediate Dog Learning Activities

Click here for the Advanced Dog Learning Activities

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Rabbit Project Descriptions

225 BREEDING RABBIT PROJECT. 4-H members can raise rabbits for show, as well as commercial use when taking this project. Complete this Breeding Rabbit Project and Record Book every year you take a breeding rabbit project. Use this book in conjunction with the 228R Rabbit Resource Handbook to manage and evaluate your production practices.

226 MARKET RABBIT PROJECT. 4-H members raise commercial rabbits when taking this 4-H project. Complete this Market Rabbit Project and Record Book every year you take a market rabbit project.
Use this book in conjunction with the 228R Rabbit Resource Handbook to manage and evaluate your management practices.

227 PET RABBIT PROJECT. The Pet Rabbit Project is for 4-H members whose rabbits, like dogs and cats, are their companions. These rabbits are not kept for breeding or commercial use. Complete this Pet Rabbit Project and Record Book every year you take a pet rabbit project. Use this book in conjunction with the 228R Rabbit Resource Handbook to manage and evaluate your pet rabbit experience.

228R RABBIT RESOURCE HANDBOOK. The Rabbit Resource Handbook is a required supplement for youth taking rabbit projects. This resource handbook contains essential subject matter information for 4-H members taking market rabbit, breeding rabbit, or pet rabbit projects. It is also a great resource for people wanting to learn about rabbits. Information such as rabbit history, selection, housing and equipment, record keeping, nutrition, health, reproduction, meat production and processing, show preparation, marketing, careers, caring for rabbits, and the pet rabbit can be found in this handbook. Purchase it just once and use it for several years. (Reprinted Version 9.11)

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Cat Project Descriptions

216 CAT LEVEL 1 – PURR-FECT PALS. Learn about being a good cat owner by taking this beginning level cat project. You will also learn about cat breeds, behavior, good health, grooming and feeding. Cat 1 is designed for youth in grades 3 through 5, but can be taken by any youth in the first three years of this project. Cat 1 can be taken for three years.

217 CAT LEVEL 2 – CLIMBING UP. Build on what you learned in Cat 1 by taking this intermediate level cat project. Learn more about cat identification and characteristics, training and showing cats, health and nutritional needs of cats, and responsible cat ownership. Cat 2 is designed for youth in grades 6 through 8, but may be taken by youth in any grade after they completed Cat 1. Cat 2 can be taken for three years.

218 CAT LEVEL 3 – LEAPING FORWARD. Delve deeper into some of the cat topics you’ve already explored in Cat 1 and Cat 2 (breeds, nutrition, health, and behavior) and meet some new topics (genetics and aging cats). Investigate various cat-related careers, and practice your organization and presentation skills. Cat 3 is designed for youth in grades 9 through 12, but may be taken by any youth after completing Cat 1 and Cat 2. Cat 3 can be taken for three or more years.

216-8AG CAT PROJECT HELPER'S GUIDE. This Cat Helper’s Guide is recommended for use by project advisors. Use this to assist with meeting plans and group activities. These learn-by-doing activities, as well as most activities in Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3, can also be adapted to the family, classroom or other groups. The answers to many of the activities in Projects 216, 217, and 218 are also in this guide. The Cat Group Helper's Guide is available at www.4-Hmall.org. Note: The answers to many of the activities can be found at this site: http://www.ohio4h.org/staff/documents/CatAnswerKey.pdf.

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Pet Care Project Descriptions

215 CAVY PROJECT and RECORD BOOK. Complete this required project and record book every year a cavy (also known as a guinea pig) project is taken. Use with 215R Cavy Resource Handbook: A 4-H Guide to Guinea Pigs.

215R CAVY RESOURCE HANDBOOK: A 4-H GUIDE TO GUINEA PIGS. This resource handbook contains essential information form mebers taking a cavy (also known as a guinea pig) project. Topics covered include general care, history, anatomy, selection, housing and equipment, records, nutrition, health, reproduction, show preparation, marketing, and care. This one-time purchase is a valuable resource for every cavy enthusiast.

220 POCKET PETS PROJECT and RECORD BOOK. Complete this required project and record book every year a pocket pet project is taken. Species include gerbils, hamsters, mice, and rats. Use with 220R Pocket Pets Resource Handbook.

220R POCKET PETS RESOURCE HANDBOOK. This resource handbook contains essential information for members taking a pocket pet project. Species include gerbils, hamsters, mice, and rats, and topics covered include history, selection, handling, housing, nutrition, health, reproduction, grooming, and showing. This one-time purchase is a valuable resource for the small animal enthusiast.

Note: Chinchilla, Ferret, and Hedgehog Projects should be taken as Self-Determined Projects and still judged as a part of Small or Companion Animal Day Judging.

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Reptile & Amphibian Project Description

365.13 REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS IDEA STARTER. Use this three-page publication as the starting place for your Reptile and Amphibian 4-H Self-Determined Project. Complete the Areas of Interest and Things to Do section to learn about these animals. Build your project and learn as you go. Show your reptile or amphibian at your county fair (if applicable) or at the Ohio State Fair Small Animals Day Show.

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