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Dog Project

Learn to train a dog for agility, obedience, showmanship or as an ideal pet. Topics include canine behavior, breed characteristics, diseases, ethics, grooming, health, nutrition, responsible breeding, service dogs, therapy dogs, dog-related careers, and the wide array of dog sports. You can also choose to compete in the 4-H county or state dog show.

Important project information:

State & regional events

To view county or local club events, visit the county website.

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Dog Agility judges seminar for current and prospective 4-H judges

This is a seminar for current judges and prospective judges in agility. 4-H dog project leaders or Extension personnel are welcome as auditors. It is NOT a seminar designed for younger 4-H members (though a youth leader in a county leadership position with interest in future judging would be welcome). More info.

4-H Dog Alumni Fun Match

All 4-H Alumni and their dogs are invited! More info.

Supersession: A 4-H Dog Project Training Workshop

4-H dog owners bring their dogs to this training and networking workshop for youth age third grade and older, their families, trainers, potential trainers, youth and adult leaders. More info.

Dog Project State Fair Showcase

The state dog committee likes to highlight the Minnesota 4-H Dog project at the Minnesota State Fair during the livestock encampment weekend, and needs youth from the 4-H dog project to be involved in this showcase. This is a great opportunity to help promote the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project and we need lots of help to make this a success! More info.

Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show

The Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show is an annual event held in the fall after the Minnesota State Fair. The state show consists of agility, obedience, and showmanship events. To be eligible for the state show, 4-Hers must first qualify at their county level. More info

4-H Regional & State Project Bowls

Project Bowls are an exciting way for youth to explore a project area. Teams compete in quiz competitions with questions about specific project areas. Project Bowls are available for Dairy, Dog, General Livestock (Beef, Sheep & Swine), Horse, Poultry, Rabbit and Wildlife projects. Winners of the Regional Bowls advance to the State Bowl. More Info

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info

Dog Project resources

Beginning to learn about dogs:

Some experience with this project:

Looking for a challenge:

Learning resources for all levels:

Dog Project areas


Score sheets



Score sheets


Score sheets

Project leader resources

Additional resources for 4-H dog project:

Other online resources

4-H Youth record keeping

Project evaluation


To get involved with the 4-H Dog Project, contact your county 4-H office.

Brad Rugg, State program director, science of agriculture & fairs

All resources on this page have been reviewed by our faculty and included for their educational value. No endorsement is intended or implied. Minnesota 4-H does not profit from the inclusion of any commercial project resources.

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