To offer a 4-H dog project that encourages youth to accomplish personal
goals and master life skills with their dogs, without competing against other 4-H dog
This webpage provides all the materials you need to participate in the Dog Achievement Program (DAP) project. Begin by downloading the documents below!
The development of the 4-H Dog Achievement Program was funded through a grant from The Ohio 4-H Foundation.
The DAP Categories (see links below) contain the topics and activities for you to complete to earn your certificates and ultimately a pin. You can begin by choosing categories and topics within those categories.
If you have never taken a dog project before, you must choose and complete the required activities to earn the certificates in My Dog and Me and Basic Training categories first.
Learn information about dogs, dog care and welfare, and your own dog
Learn fundamental skills needed to train dogs (Additional Appendix Resources are included in this file)
After earning the above certifications you can continue to select from the additional DAP categories below as they interest you (in no particular order).
Apply exercise and fitness activities to create healthy lifestyles
Learn about general health, wellness and safety in caring for your dog
Learn community service and service learning
Learn about dog-related opportunities, business skills and careers
Learn the importance of proper nutrition for healthy lifestyles
Use your creativity to explore the world of dogs
Learn STEM-related dog applications
Explore canine opportunities for 4-H and beyond
January 2017 - Print out pages to update your book.
November 2017 - Appendix page number references removed throughout. Change to page 15, print to update your book.
For questions please contact
Lucinda B. Miller, Ph.D.
Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
Companion & Small Animal Programs
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210