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4-H clover 4-H Dog Project

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How is a German Shepherd different from a Schnauzer? Should my dog sleep in a crate? What should I feed my dog? Learn how to train the ideal pet, or for competition! 

What you'll learn and do

  • Learn how to care for and train a dog
  • Learn leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork
  • Discover careers that involve working with dogs
  • Compete in a 4-H dog show

Topics include

  • Diseases
  • Breeds
  • Grooming
  • Health and nutrition
  • Responsible breeding
  • Service dogs and therapy dogs
  • Careers working with dogs

What's a 4-H project


You can choose to compete with your dog in agility, obedience, rally or showmanship.  You may compete in your county and if you do well you could make it to the Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show, held every September in St. Paul. 

Already in the 4-H Dog Project?

Go to the project support site

Levels of learning


Reviewed in 2018

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