May 6, 2010

Training Class Schedule

4-H Dog Project Members,

Don't forget to turn in your IDA forms (vet vaccination affidavit) by May 15! This is mandatory for participation.

Here is the plan:

Dog Project training will start May 18th at 6:00 at the KCKC. Classes will be 45 minutes long with a 5 minute break in between. Arrive 5 minutes before your class so you can water and potty your dog.

A little training everyday works and is best with lots of treats and petting.

At 6:00 Advanced Showmanship (Alex & Brooklyn) in ring 1 and Beginner A and B Obedience (Kaitlyn, Jarod & Hannah) will train in ring 2.

Everybody who wants to be in Showmanship who is not training a Beginner A or B dog is in Advanced Showmanship.

At 6:50 Beginning Showmanship (Hannah) will start in ring 1 and Advanced Obedience in ring 2.

At 7:40 Rally and Intermediate Obedience will start with Novice and Graduate Beginners in ring 2 (Alex & Brooklyn).

To participate in Rally you must have shown more than 1 year in the dog project and shown the dog project leaders that you have mastery of basic training.

If you can not attend your scheduled training time, please let me know so I can let the trainers know who to expect. Please let me know if you have any questions about your time slot or anything else.

P.S. Don't forget lots of treats!

April 15, 2010

Dog Project Update - April 15, 2010

Hello Everyone,

Dog Project members and parents: There is an informational meeting Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00pm. We will meet at the new Riverside Regional Pet Shelter in Mankato (BENCHS). We will discuss plans for dog training and have a tour of the shelter. This meeting is for humans only - we will be working with the dogs most likely starting Tuesday, May 18th.

There are two forms that you need to bring to the information meeting (completed). One is the Liability Release and the other is your county registration form. Please get in touch with me if you haven't received those forms. If you can not attend the meeting on Tuesday, please let me know at or 507-869-3546. I will be turning in all forms by the 23rd.

Don't forget: Dog Identification Affidavit (IDA) forms are due to the Blue Earth County Extension Office by May 15th. You can find it at

Also, come visit the Dog Project booth at the Project Fair to get ideas for Dog projects and learn more about the training aspects.
Saturday, April 24th
1-3 pm
Madison East Mall

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Chris Oldenburg
BEC Dog Project leader

February 23, 2010

LQA&E Training Change

New in the 2010 BEC Dog Project, the LQA&E Training class is no longer needed to participate in the dog project for Blue Earth County. Previously, it was a requirment that all Dog Project members take the Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics training class, but that rule has been revisited and it was decided to not require Dog Project members to take this class. If you have other animals being shown, please check the rules for those animals.

Dog Identification/Vaccination Forms

To be able to participate in the Dog Project with your dog, you need to fill out the Dog Project Identification Affidavit and Vaccination Verfication Form. It is due to the Blue Earth County Extension Office by May 15th.

At the top of the form, you will fill out your county and club, name, and contact information. There is also a spot for information about your dog. Include your dog's name, age, the predominant breed (a purebred dog would be their breed and a mixed breed would be the dog it is most mixed with, such as a 1/2 Lab, 1/2 mixed breed dog would be listed as predominantly Labrador), and any colors and/or markings on your dog, such as white patches, solid colors, and the pattern of the dog's coat if not solid. You will also mark if your dog is spayed/neutered or not.

In the place requiring a photo of your dog, make sure that the photo clearly shows the dog (so a full body photo is much better than a head shot) without having extra items in the photo, such as people or other dogs. It is also very improtant that the photo doesn't cover any of the information you filled out.

One of the shots your dog must have is the Rabies vaccine. Besides Rabies, your dog will also need a DHPP. DHPP means Distemper, Hepatitis, Parinfluenza, and Parvovirus. The form asks for a DHLPP (DHPP with Leptosprirosis), but by placing an "X" in the appropriate box on the form the Lepto shot is not needed.

Make sure that the vet that gives your dog shots fills out the Clinic information, especially the administering vet's name and signature.

If your dog had shots from 2 different vets (such as Rabies at one and DHPP or DHLPP at another), you will need to send in 2 forms, one from each vet since the vet that gave the shot needs to sign their name at the bottom. Leave the information about the vaccine that the vet did NOT give blank, and make a note to "see other form."

If your dog needs booster shots during the summer, make sure you have another form submitted to keep your records up-to-date.

If two different handlers are using the same dog (for example, if 2 kids are showing the same family dog in separate events), two forms will need to be filed for that dog, one for each youth. In the same way, if one person is using two dogs to show, a form needs to be filed for each dog.

You can find the form here:

February 22, 2010

Meet your BEC Dog Project Leader!

Chris Oldenburg is the Blue Earth County Dog Project Leader. Her children belong to the Clever Clovers 4-H club and she is a former 4-Her herself. If you have any questions about the dog project, please contact her at:


Welcome to the Blue Earth County 4-H Dog Project blog! This blog will be used to update county youth with what's happening in the BEC Dog Project, along with training tips and statewide events.