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  • © 2018 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. In

    accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this material is available in alternative formats upon request. 1

    Date: January 21, 2020

    To: 4-H Dog Project Members

    From: Anoka County 4-H Dog Project Committee

    RE: Dog Training 2020

    Do you have questions about what dog training class to sign up for and/or which of the areas to sign up for? There

    will be an in-person registration night on Monday, March 2, 2020, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Bunker Hills Activities

    Center. Registration can be completed, fees (check or cash) turned in and your questions will be answered. This

    is for both new dog training participants and returning dog training participants. There will be tables set up

    explaining each of the four disciplines – Obedience, Rally, Showmanship, and Agility. If you are unable to attend

    the in-person registration night, the dog training registration deadline is Friday, March 6.

    Important Dates:

    ➢ Monday, March 2 – In-Person Dog Training Registration – 6:30-7:30 p.m. ➢ Friday, March 6 – Dog Training registration deadline ➢ Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 pm, Activities Center – Mandatory Meeting for all 1st and 2nd year dog training

    participants and parents – NO DOGS ➢ Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 pm, Activities Center – Mandatory Meeting for all dog training participants and

    Mandatory Meeting for all Parents – NO DOGS ➢ Tuesday, April 14 – Obedience training at the Anoka County Fairgrounds – WITH DOGS

    Classes will start no earlier than 5:30 p.m. Your parents will receive your class time at the parents

    meeting on April 7.

    ➢ May 15 – Minnesota 4-H Dog Project Identification Form and Vaccination Certificate needs to be filled out in its entirety, including veterinarian’s signature and uploaded to your mn.4honline.com account.

    ➢ Saturday, June 27 – Fun Match – Obedience, Rally, and Showmanship ➢ Friday, July 24 – Agility Show, Anoka County Fairgrounds Horse Arena, 9:00 a.m. ➢ Saturday, August 1 – Obedience, Rally, and Showmanship Show, Anoka County 4-H Building, 8:00 a.m. ➢ Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27 – State Dog Show, 4-H Building at the State Fairgrounds ➢ Saturday, October 3 – End of Training Celebration

    The cost of training is as follows:

    ➢ Obedience/Showmanship/Agility/Rally – $55 ➢ Obedience/Agility/Rally – $50 ➢ Obedience/Agility/Showmanship – $50 ➢ Obedience/Agility – $50 ➢ Obedience/Showmanship/Rally – $45 ➢ Obedience Only – $35 ➢ Showmanship Only – $15 ➢ Rally Only – $15 ➢ Showmanship/Rally – $20 ➢ There is a $20 charge if you are training a second dog.

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    Please note the following:

    ➢ Anoka County requires any dog enrolled in our Agility classes to also take Obedience classes prior to Agility classes beginning.

    ➢ Dogs must be a minimum of 12 months old by May 15 of the current year to begin Agility training. It is recommended that larger breeds be at least 18 months old.

    ➢ The Minnesota 4-H Dog Project Identification Form and Vaccination Certificate – needs to be filled out in its entirety – including veterinarian’s signature – and uploaded to your mn.4honline.com account. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2020.

    See the attached Class Description so you know what classes to sign up for in 2020.

    Register online at https://z.umn.edu/533e. If you are training two dogs, you will need to complete an online

    registration form for each one. A copy of your registration will be emailed to you. Keep this for your records. You

    will receive a confirmation email from the 4-H office letting you know what you owe and if there is anything else

    you need to complete. Registration and payments are due by March 6, 2020. Registrations received after the

    deadline may not be accepted due to space in the classes. If you have questions regarding dog training or the

    dog project, please call Marlene Keller at (763) 757-6618 or e-mail Marlene at marlene_keller@yahoo.com. The

    Dog Committee is looking forward to another successful year of dog training and shows.

    Checks should be made payable to Anoka County 4-H and can be dropped off at our office Monday – Friday from

    8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or mailed to:

    Anoka County 4-H

    550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW

    Andover, MN 55304

    https://z.umn.edu/533e https://z.umn.edu/533e mailto:marlene_keller@yahoo.com mailto:marlene_keller@yahoo.com

  • 4-H DOG TRAINING OBEDIENCE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

    Obedience provides the foundation for all aspects of dog events. Dogs will learn to heel, sit, down, come, and stay.

    Foundation Obedience For the 4-H'er and/or dog who is in the first year of training at home or in an organized training class. The dog may participate in this class once during its 4-H career. A dog entering this class with more than ten (10) weeks of training prior to enrolling in the Foundation level training classes for 4-H is ineligible. All exercises will be performed on leash. Exercises include heel on leash and figure 8 on leash, sit for exam on leash in heel position, grooming, recall on leash – no finish, and sit stay – handler goes to the end of 6-foot leash, turns to face dog, and stays for 10 seconds. A dog having achieved one leg of its AKC-PCD, AKC-CD, or AKC-BN obedience title (or equivalent) or Rally RN title (or equivalent) is ineligible. The dog will move to the Beginner class the following year.

    Beginner Obedience For the dog with previous experience in an organized training class of 11-19 weeks OR a dog that completed the Foundation Class the previous year OR a dog that received a red or white ribbon the previous year in the Beginner Class All exercises will be performed on leash. Exercises include heel on leash and figure 8 on leash, stand for exam on leash in heel position, grooming, recall on leash – with finish, down on command – heel position – a count of 5 by the judge, sit stay – handler goes to the end of a 20-foot line, stops, turns and faces the dog for 10 seconds and returns around the dog. A dog having achieved one leg of an AKC-PCD or AKC-CD obedience title (or equivalent) or Rally RN title (or equivalent) is ineligible. Upon receiving a blue ribbon or at the end of two years, the 4-H’er and dog must move to the Graduate Beginner class. ***A 4-H member using a dog that has previously been shown through the Novice class shall begin training in the Graduate Beginner class, regardless of the age of the 4-H member.

    Graduate Beginner Obedience Exercises include the heel on leash and figure 8 on leash, stand for examination on leash – go to the end of the leash, grooming, heel free (leash over either shoulder), recall off leash (take leash with you), sit stay – drop leash – handler walks in a T pattern, down stay – drop leash – handler walks in a T pattern. A 4-H’er and dog may participate in this class until receiving a blue ribbon at the county or state dog show. A dog having received one leg of its AKC-PCD or AKC-CD (or its equivalent) is ineligible.

    Novice Obedience Exercises include heel on leash and figure 8 on leash, stand for exam off leash, heel free, recall off leash, group long sit – drop leash – 1 minute, and group long down – drop leash – 3 minutes. A 4-H’er and dog may participate in this class until receiving a blue ribbon at the county or state dog show. A dog with an AKC-CD (or its equivalent) is ineligible.

  • Graduate Novice Obedience For those 4-H members and dogs who previously participated in the Novice class or those members who wish to enter due to previous training. A 4-H'er may participate in this class until receiving a blue ribbon at the county or state show. A dog having one leg toward its AKC-PCDX, AKC-GN, or AKC-CDX (or its equivalent) is ineligible for this class. Exercises include heel on leash, heel free and figure 8 off leash, moving drop on recall, dumbbell fetch – 1 minute to have dog take the dumbbell, recall over high jump, recall over broad jump, group long sit – drop leash – 2 minutes out of sight, group long down – drop leash – 3 minutes out of sight.

    Pre-Open Obedience A 4-H'er and dog may participate in this class until receiving a blue ribbon at the county or state show. A dog having one leg toward its AKC-PCDX or AKC-CDX (or its equivalent) is ineligible. All exercises are off leash. Exercises include heel free and figure 8, drop on recall – may use command and signal, retrieve on flat, dumbbell recall over high jump, broad jump, group long sit – drop leash – 3 minutes out of sight, group long down – drop leash – 5 minutes out of sight.

    Open Obedience A 4-H'er may participate in this class until receiving a blue ribbon at the county or state show. A dog having its AKC-CDX (or its equivalent) is ineligible. All exercises are off leash. Exercises include the heel free and figure 8, drop on recall – either command or signal, retrieve on flat, retrieve over high jump, broad jump, group long sit – drop leash – 3 minutes out of sight, group long down – drop leash– 5 minutes out of sight .

    Graduate Open Obedience All exercises are performed off leash. Exercises include the signal exercise (with 10-20 foot distance for the down,

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