Dog Resources

4-H Virtual Fun Show Opportunity!

The Paw Pals' 4-H Club in Butler County has created an online Virtual Fun Show allowing members to continue being motivated to work with their dogs and have a show experience. This is a great opportunity for 4-H dog project members!  Show #4 will go live Monday, June 8, 2020 at 9:00am. Entries close Wednesday, June 17 at 11:59pm. Scores will be posted by Sunday, June 21, after 12:00pm. Ohio 4-H dog show judges are judging these virtual shows. Click HERE for more information and the show bill. MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT:  PAW PALS’ 4-H VIRTUAL FUN SHOW FACEBOOK GROUP:

Another Virtual Dog Fun Match Opportunity!

Lucky Fours 4-H Club, Athens County, is hosting a virtual dog fun match to allow youth from across the state to show their dogs, enhance their teamwork skills, and practice their obedience, showmanship, and rally exercises. This show will raise funds for the Ohio 4-H camping programs that have severe financial needs as a result of the pandemic. The information is in the photos below. Here is the link to their Fun Match Facebook: page:

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.




AKC Rally and Obedience Videos/Virtual Rally Novice Test Pilot Program

Information and links

AKC "At Home with My Dog" Art Contest

AKC Public Education Staff has established the AKC “At Home with My Dog” Art Contest: You can view the link to the contest here:

Virtual Trick Dog Testing from AKC!

2020 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 2020 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. 


2020 County Dog Project Identification Form and Vaccination Certificate (may be used in place of OSF Dog Project ID and Vaccination Certificate with county approval)2020 General Dog Show Information


2020 Ohio 4-H Dog Program Sponsor Form

  • If you would like to sponsor awards for Dog Bowl or the Ohio State Fair Dog Show, 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!


2020 Showmanship and You and Your Dog Questions


2020 Rules for Ohio 4-H/Ohio State Fair Participation (updated 04/14/20 re Drill Team entries will not be accepted online)


2020 Ohio 4-H/Ohio State Fair Score Sheets


2019 Ohio 4-H Dog Judges' Guidelines

  • Click here to download guidelines for judges when judging Showmanship, Obedience, and Rally at Ohio 4-H Dog Shows, including the Ohio State Fair.


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 mnust complete a Junior Handler Number application, but do not need to complete the CP/PAL/Junior Number special form.

AKC Junior Handler, PAL, and Trick Dog Information 


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

4-H Dogs 2019. This is the PowerPoint that was shown at the March 9, 2019 O4HC Dog Session.

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.