Lexington County 4-H Dog Project

The 4-H Dog Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills and also teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal.  Subjects such as general care, nutrition, housing, training, and health care are presenting in the curricular materials, through workshops, and in preparation for an exhibit.  Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Dog Project. 

The project is open to 4-H members ages 5-18 who reside in one of the counties located in the Upstate Region. Each project participant will have the opportunity to participate in educational workshops and shows. Date and locations of shows will be shared as they become available.

The objectives of 4-H Dog Project are that youth will:

  • Set goals, plan activities and strategies to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Reflect on their yearly work by documenting their skill development and learning experiences.
  • Give back to their communities through educational and service activities.
  • Learn valuable skills in record keeping, financial management, and written communication.
  • Gain valuable life lessons by caring and providing for their 4-H dogs.

Registration

  • Participants between the ages of 5-18 as of January 1, 2020, may register by using the paper registration contract (ask 4-H agent for a copy or find on project website).
  • Registration is due by April 30, 2020

Project Expectations

  • Acquire dog(s), care for them in the project duration, participate in a minimum of one show, participate in clinics, and complete (and submit) a 4-H Dog Project Record Book by January 31, 2021
  • Provide quality care of dog(s) (safe from bad weather, malnutrition, predators, etc.).

Activities & Events

  • Prizes and Awards: A portion of registration fees will be used to provide prizes and awards for the Lexington County 4-H Dog Project. In order to be eligible for prizes and awards at the end of the project, you must be registered before the April 30th deadline.  You must also complete a minimum of one show and submit a completed record book. Record books will be due to the county office by January 31, 2021.
  • Clinics: Clinics will be held in partnership with the Columbia Kennel Club. Clinics will focus on showmanship, agility, rally, obedience, and much more! 4-Hers from other counties who are not enrolled in the project are eligible to attend clinics at an additional fee. Clinics are included in project registration for Lexington County 4-Hers.
  • Shows: Each participant is encouraged to show at least once through the duration of the project. Show opportunities will be shared by email and are listed on the project event schedule. 

Lexington County 4-H Dog Project Events Schedule:

  • Clinics (April – August 2020): Clinics will be held in partnership with the Columbia Kennel Club. Clinics will focus on showmanship, agility, rally, obedience and much more!
  • Locations and dates TBD (information will be sent by email)
  • 4-Hers from other counties who are not enrolled in the project are eligible to attend clinics at a additional fee. Clinics are included in project registration for Lexington County 4-Hers.
  • 4-H Dog Show Dates:
  • Locations and dates TBD (information will be sent by email)
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**Additional shows may be added throughout the duration of the project**

Register (PDF)

 

GENERAL DATES

April 30th:  Registration Due

April-Aug:  Clinics

Aug - Oct:  County Shows

Open to all youth Ages 5-18

Must be a 4-H member ($15)

Lexington County 4-Hers Cost:  $10

All other Counties Cost: $15