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Sussex County 4-H dog clubs teach members to help their pet dog become a perfect member of the family. Youth learn basic skills for dog care and training. Activities include knowing breeds, selecting a dog, knowing the parts of a dog, keeping a dog healthy and groomed, training and much more.

Additionally, 4-H members may explore more about dog health, nutrition, and care, genetic problems, population control, showmanship, training, ethics and budgeting.

As they advance, 4-H dog club members have the opportunity to investigate topics such as: responsible breeding, diseases, caring for geriatric dogs, training, service dogs, dog roles and careers related to dogs.

Objectives for 4-H youth in dog clubs includes learning how to:

  • Train dogs
  • Groom, fit and show dogs
  • Care for dogs
  • Appreciate dog’s place and roles in society
  • Select the right dog for their family and lifestyle
  • Identify breeds
  • Explore dog-related careers
  • Investigate dog related activities

The National 4-H Curriculum provides guidance through their materials, for more information:
Our Sussex County 4-H Dog Clubs are:

  • K-9 Frenzy

  • Dogs & Paws

  • Love on a Leash (Seeing Eye)

  • Take the Lead