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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


State 4-H Dog Bowl Contest


               The primary objective of the Dog Bowl Contest is to provide an opportunity for youth involved in 4-H to demonstrate their knowledge of canine-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. The Dog Bowl Contest should provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.


        1.    Team and contestant eligibility

               a.    Each county may enter two (2) junior and two (2) senior teams of four (4) or five (5) contestants. One team member will be designated as the alternate if five contestants are entered. The team may be selected by any procedure the county deems appropriate.

               b.    A junior individual may compete on a senior team; however, once a junior does compete as a senior, they may never move back to competing as a junior on a junior team.

               c.    Teams of three (3) will be permitted the day of the contest if a 4th team member is unable to participate. Teams of three are not eligible for team bonuses.

               d.    Senior contestants must be at least 14 years of age on January 1, 2019, and not older than 18 years of age as of January 1, 2019.

               e.    Junior contestants must be at least 8 years old and in the third grade, or 9 years old regardless of grade, and younger than 14 years of age as of January 1, 2019.

               f.     Team members must be 4-H members, but are not required to enroll in a 4-H Dog Project to participate.

               g.     If one county does not have enough members to complete a team, cross-county teams are allowed to participate.