Massachusetts 4-H Dogs Program

Dogs

2013 State 4-H Dog Show  pdf icon

2014 State 4-H Dog Camppdf icon

2013 Animal Health Regulationspdf icon

Measures to Prevent Diseases Associated with Animals in Public Settings

 

Dog Project

DogWhether you are preparing to purchase or adopt your first dog or you just want to learn more about the dog you currently own, the 4-H Dog Project will teach you how to select the right dog, how to properly feed and groom your pet and the basics of training, judging and showing. 4-H dog members can also learn about agility, record keeping and public presentations.

4-H Project Record Books are an important part of all 4-H projects.  In the Dog Project, you will keep records on:

  • Vaccination record and dates.
  • Expenses: Veterinary, food and supplies, training fees, etc.
  • Income:  Awards, pet sitting jobs, sales of puppies, etc.
  • Training record for your dog.
  • Experience in community service, club activities, any offices held, dog activities, presentations, etc.

The State 4-H Dog Camp is a weekend event held in May at 4-H Camp Farley in Mashpee, Massachusetts. This event gives youth the opportunity to take their dogs to camp to improve on their handling, grooming and obedience skills plus have a fun time at camp.

A State 4-H Dog Show is held in the month of May.  This is a great opportunity for members to meet other 4-H dog enthusiasts from across the state and prepare for the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Dog Show in September in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

It is recommended that club members or their families own a dog, although it not a requirement.

If you are interested in becoming a 4-H Dog Club Leader or if you would like to join an existing club, please contact one of our staff listed below.

Dog Resources:

American Kennel Club

Eastern States Exposition 4-H Dog Show Rules

Points to Consider When Purchasing Companion Animalspdf icon

Members:  may request one free copy each of the AKC publications listed below.  See address below under Leaders section:

  • Obedience Regulations.
  • Junior Showmanship.
  • Dogs—A General Information Booklet.
  • Canine Summer Safety.
  • Winter Care for Canines.
  • Getting Started Series.
  • Rules Applying to Dog Shows.

Leaders: may request one free copy of each of the AKC publications listed above, and the following:

  • AKC Order Form.
  • Canine Good Citizen Program Information.

Print your name, address, city, state, and ZIP code and send the postcard to:
American Kennel Club
5580 Centerview Drive, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC  27606-3390

For further information, please contact:

Nancy Searle
State Dog Specialist
UMass, Slobody Building, Suite A4
101 University Drive
Amherst, MA  01002
Phone: 413-253-7721
email:  nsearle@umext.umass.edu