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2023 General Dog Show Information


2023 Permission to Participate in Ohio 4-H Dog Activities Disclosure and Release of Claims 

Required Form

The Permission to Participate in Ohio 4-H Dog Activities Disclosure and Release of Claims document is mandatory for ALL 4-H dog project members who are enrolled in dog projects where they have a 4-H project dog(s). ALL youth enrolled in 4-H dog projects are required to sign the 2023 Permission to Participate in Ohio 4-H Dog Activities Disclosure and Release of Claims document, as well as a parent or guardian is required to sign this document, before youth are allowed to participate in any 4-H dog activities with their dogs. A current year's Form MUST be signed EACH year and BEFORE a youth participates in the Ohio 4-H Dog Program with their project dog(s). This document MUST be kept on file at the county Extension office. It is also recommended the 4-H club advisor and parent/guardian keep a signed copy. 


2023 Dog Project Identification Form and Vaccination Certificate 

2023 Ohio 4-H Dog Program Sponsor Form

  • If you would like to sponsor awards for our 4-H Dog Program, click here to download a Sponsor Form. The only way we can provide awards for our youth is with the support of our very gracious sponsors! Thank you!

2023 Showmanship and You and Your Dog Questions

2023 Rules for Ohio 4-H/Ohio State Fair Participation

Ohio 4-H/Ohio State Fair Score Sheets

Ohio 4-H dog judges' guidelines

AKC Junior Handler, PAL, and Trick Dog Information 

Opportunities from AKC

Email from Mari-Beth O'Neill, AKC - posted 8.4.2020

AKC PE Programs for Educators

Virtual Trick Dog Testing from AKC!


Rally Fun with 4-H

Kristina Morgan, 4-H advisor, judge, and State 4-H Dog Advisory Committee member has created this great Rally instructional PowerPoint.


Happy Tails 4-H Club Trick Dog Video Presentation

YouTube Link

Facebook Page Link


Obedience and Showmanship Videos

These videos created by Kayla Miller, Fulton County 4-H Educator, detail what is expected in different levels for 4-H Obedience and Showmanship Disciplines.




Rally Information 


AKC Trick Dog and CGC


Partnership with AKC 

The American Kennel Club is excited to continue to offer 4-H members an opportunity to try AKC events. They have developed a special form (see link below) that allows 4-H members to 1) obtain an AKC junior handler number and 2) (if necessary) obtain an AKC participation number for their dog, at no charge. (While the junior number is always free, there is normally a $35 fee to get a Purebred Alternative Listing or Canine Partner (All-American Dog) number for a dog). Once the 4-H member has a junior handler number and a participation number for their dog, they can begin participating in AKC events, earning AKC titles on their dogs, as well as get points in the new Junior Recognition Program.
There are several events that may be held independently of an AKC club, where AKC titles may be earned by 4-H members. These include the Agility Course Test, the Canine Good Citizen Test, Trick Dog Testing, as well as the Farm Dog Certification. Also, special for 4-H dog clubs, AKC will process the CGC and Trick Dog title applications at no charge (normally $20.00 for each title), following instructions on the letter from AKC in the link below, which includes the Canine Partners/PAL/Junior Number application. Forms MUST be submitted in groups by 4-H clubs, 4-H show committees, etc. Individuals may NOT submit single forms.
Youth with dogs with AKC registration numbers must complete a Junior Handler Number application, but do not need to complete the CP/PAL/Junior Number special form.


Revisions to the Dog Resource Handbook

Dog Resource Handbook (201R) – Updates to this book have been added to our Books/Resource page under Publication Updates. There are two versions: 2016 edition and 2018 edition. Members can download one pdf with all the changes depending on which edition they own. Changes were made in these chapters: Breeds, Grooming, Communication and Behavior, Obedience, Judging, Showmanship, and Working Dogs. You can also click on the links below to download the updates:

Changes in 2016 Edition (If you currently are using the (c)2012 edition, downloading this file will bring you up-to-date. It has all of the changes for the (c)2016 and (c)2018 versions.)  

Changes in 2018 Edition (If you currently are using the (c)2016 edition, downloading this file will bring you up-to-date. It has all of the changes for (c)2018 version.) 

4-H Dog Project and Record Book - (c)2017

Please make sure when you purchase the 201 4-H Dog Project and Record Book from your county Extension office that you purchase the edition with a 2017 copywrite. Each 4-H dog project member should buy a new 4-H Dog Project and Record Book each year and use it to keep records for ALL of their dog projects, regardless of the number of projects and number of project dogs.

Presentations from Ohio 4-H Conference

You CAN Teach an Old (and Young) Dog New Tricks. (2018) This is the PowerPoint Kristen VanNess showed in this session. It is a Google document with links to Tricks training videos.