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4-H clover 4-H Dog Project

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 compete in a dog show! 

What you'll learn and do

  • How to care for and train a dog
  • Leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork
  • 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

4-H dog events

8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Levels of learning


Already enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project?



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


Fairs and exhibits


Future study

You could study veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota


Sharon Davis, davis051@umn.edu, 507-369-6896

Reviewed in 2020

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