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Who Let the Dogs Out?

By Kara Williams


The Hubbard County 4H Dog Project Development Committee met on 1/16/17. This is the first time this committee has met. We had a nice turn out of youth, trainers, and adult volunteers present.  The youth agreed that they would like to focus on increasing their general knowledge about dogs this year and how they help us connect with others in the community.  This will be especially valuable for those participating in showmanship as they are asked questions about general dog knowledge, specific questions about their dog, and about their breed of dog during the show which then count towards their overall showmanship score.  The PDC is in the process of planning several fun nights for the youth to come together and learn.  Ideas for the activity nights include having guest speakers, watching movies, and playing Kahoot knowledge trivia.  Everyone agreed that it would be great to have a winter refresher practice session with the dogs if a location can be arranged. 

The youth also requested to start practicing Rally earlier in the season this year.  We are hoping that parents can help fulfill this responsibility by working with the youth during their down times between classes on training nights.  There will be an informational meeting with the trainers on March 21st at 7:00pm at the Park Rapids Library. This is a mandatory meeting that the youth and parent or other responsible adult must attend in order to be eligible for the project this year.  Informational packets for the dog project will be mailed out soon.


Mari Jo Lohmeier
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 732-3391
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