In Showmanship, members learn how to handle their dogs and present them to judges, in order to show them off at their best in the ring. Proper grooming, behavior, equipment and attire is also taught.
Many Junior Handlers go on to become Professional Handlers and can earn a living doing what they love!
Obedience is an important word when training a dog! During training, it means that the dog listens and responds appropriately when given commands.
In the show ring Obedience classes, handlers are asked to show off their dog's skills by being given a pattern of commands to be performed on leash, and in more advanced classes, off leash also.
Rally-Obedience (Rally-O, or just Rally)
Rally is a more upbeat and energetic ersion of an obedience class, where a course is laid out with signs, each sign having commands written on them. The handler/dog team must maneuver the course, reading the signs and performing the required actions. Lower levels are completed on leash, while higher levels exhibit their skills off leash.
Agility is an obstacle course for dogs, using various obstacles, including jumps, tunnels, elevated walks, a teeter totter, an A Frame ramp, and weave poles.
On leash or off, the course is just as energetic for the handlers as it is for the dogs! The goal, however, is to be able to "send" your dog out over obstacles while you remain more centered on the course.
Community Service -
Service is an important part of the 4-H system, and we, as a project, do our best to help our youth learn about the joys of caring and giving.
This last year, we collected hundreds of pounds of canned food by "Trick or Treating" and donated it to a local food bank.