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.
Youth learn many things, including how to:
- Investigate breeds
- Appreciate dogs' places and roles in society
- Practice grooming, fitting, showing and training
- Care for dogs
- Explore dog-related careers and activities
Dog Project Meeting
Dog Project is growing! With so many fun disciplines in dog project it is difficult to learn each one and be ready for Fair, so we will teach each discipline separately (i.e. modules) and have a performance following that module.
Our first module will be on Freestyle (aka dancing with your dog). This module starts in October and culminates with video entries of your performance that are due on January 1st.
The second module is Rally Obedience (Rally-O) and will start the first Thursday in January followed by a performance in early March (date TBD)
Here is what Rally Obedience (Rally-O) is in a nutshell.
"Rally Obedience is the mixture of classical obedience training and agility training. When our dog practices Rally-O, he or she learns how to obey to commands (typical of classical obedience training) while having good fun (typical of agility training)."
Our module on Agility will start in March with a performance in late May or early June (date TBD)
The final two modules, Obedience and Showmanship, are taught concurrently and will culminate with the show on the Thursday 2 weeks prior to Fair.
If you are signing up for dog, or even thinking of signing up for dog this coming year, contact Nicki Arndt at [email protected] (406)369-0707
We need parents and youth to volunteer to be on our dog committee to help us plan out the rest of the year.
Required to Participate: Signed contract (see below) and a copy of your dog's vaccination record.
NO DOG WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE UNTIL CONTRACT AND VACCINATION RECORD IS ON FILE.
If you are not receiving e-mails from Nicki, contact her to verify your e-mail address.
No Dog will be allowed in class until a copy of their vaccinations is on file.
Dog Equipment List for Class (see below)
Contact: Nicki Arndt at [email protected] 406-369-0707
Dog Equipment List for Class
Do not feed the dog the day of class – prior to class
- Treats – need to be about pea size, soft and something your dog loves. Suggestions: Baked hotdogs, String cheese, baked beef (or other animal) heart, Pepperoni sticks, Carrots. Zukes – Mini (available at Go Fetch, Stevensville Feed Store, maybe Petsmart?) They all need to be pea size, and if you purchase treats, please have them broken up or cut into proper size before class.
- Treat pouch, Fanny packs – something that will hold your treats without dropping out when you bend over.
- Let us know if your dog has any food allergies!!!!!
- Crates – please bring your dog’s crate, so he can rest, while you are watching for any lengthy periods. For indoor classes you can bring a mat or dog bed instead.
- Poop Bags – pick up after your dog
- Bring water and a bowl for your dog
- Long line – anything from 10 – 15 feet long – You can make your own from Nylon webbing from Sporting goods stores and put a dog leash clip on it. For very small dogs a nice lightweight cord will work as well.
- 4 Foot/ 6 foot leash – either is permitted in the trial, the importance is that when you heel with your dog, the leash needs to be lose enough, to not create any tension. (Page 20 AKC Obedience Regulations booklet)
- OPTIONAL-Shorter tab for off leash work in both obedience and Agility.
- Flat collar (Showmanship lead for showmanship), and Martingale are the only collars accepted for training. Flat Collar can be worn for trial in Obedience.
- Front attachment Harness (if needed), this is a great tool if you have a big dog that may be pulling a lot. We can assess that need in our first training class, unless you already have one that you can bring to the first class.
- Dumbbells for anyone that is advanced and will work on retrieve work. If you are planning on this please let us know at start of classes.
- Platform (as demonstrated in class)
- Target(s) (as demonstrated in class)