4-H Dog Project Obedience Training Classes

Open to Buffalo and Pepin County 4-H Dog Project members

Wednesday Nights at 5:00pm Starting April 21

Fountain City Park

To register and learn more about what is needed to participate, please email Kim Bates at kbates@winona.edu

All individuals must wear a face covering, maintain 6 feet of physical distance from those outside their household and use proper hygiene and sanitation before, during and after the event.

Bring your own chair and materials for your dog.

The purpose of this program is to teach interested 4-H participants basic dog obedience, showmanship and team showing. It aligns with the Division’s mission of providing opportunities for youth to learn life skills like decision-making, problem solving, caring for others, generosity, making healthy choices, and more by fostering a role where students learn to lead their dogs with compassion to fulfill numerous tasks. When training a dog, each youth will constantly be making decisions on how to best get their animal to understand what they would like them to do. They will do this with praise, compassion and problem-solving. If the animal does not want to do what they ask, how will they modify their own behavior to get the desired result. Each youth member will also be asked to lead a team event during practice to help them develop leadership skills.
Each week the youth and their dogs will work on obedience training. They will teach their dogs how to heal, sit appropriately and also for a specific length of time without breaking, down, recall, turns and more. They will also learn how to “show” a dog to best highlight their attributes. Finally, they will learn how to coordinate as a team to maneuver the obedience training. Each week the youth will be split into 3 groups, each working on a different aspect of above.

Do not participate or bring animals to the event if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or you have had close contact to someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days. UW-Madison Division of Extension faculty, staff and volunteers may require that program participants leave a program, based on health concerns associated with COVID-19. Any individuals experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, have had known contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are awaiting COVID-19 testing results should not and cannot participate in this event.

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