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McCala Miller
Program Coordinator, Youth
University of Illinois Extension
1000 North Main Street
P.O. Box 227
Monmouth, IL 61462
Phone: 309-734-5161
FAX: 309-734-5532

Juilan Inniss
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
180 S Soangetaha Rd, Ste 108
Galesburg, IL 61401-5595
Phone: 309-342-5108
FAX: 309-342-1768

Henderson County 4-H

Henderson County 4-H

Dog Obedience

Who: 4-H Members enrolled in the Dog Project, or 4-H Members who simply want to train their dog

What: Dog Obedience & Showmanship Classes

When: Tuesday, starting May 16 at 6:00-7:00

Where: Henderson County Fairgrounds Allison Building


I. Obedience Training is one of the best things you can do for your dog because

1. You and your dog will become best friends by working togeth

2. You and your family will enjoy your dog so much more when your dog learns to control his behavior.

      3. Other people will enjoy being around your dog more.

     4. Your dog will be safer after he learns to obey your commands (i.e. telling him No or Stay before he runs into the street).

II.You can show your dog at the fair, and also qualify to show at the Illinois State Fair Dog Show. You have three exhibit opportunities for showing your dog at the county fair:

1. Dog Obedience and Showmanship (requires completion of at least 6 Obedience Class sessions with the dog*). May advance to the State Fair Dog Show (eligibility is based on points).

2. Dog Care (you are judged according to how youve taken care of your dog and the work you've done in your Dog project manual).

3. Animal Science Display (an educational display). May be selected for State Fair General Project Show.

*If you are not able to participate in 4-H Obedience Classes, but show proof of completion of an AKC-rules dog obedience class elsewhere, you may still enter the Dog Showmanship and Obedience Show at the fair. Please discuss this with Karen Davis at the Henderson County Extension Office before attending an alternate class. Not all dog training classes follow AKC guidelines.

III.Skills you and your dog will learn your first year include:

a. Heel (walk) on a leash by your side

b. Sit and stay when a stranger approaches

c. Sit and stay when you walk away

d. Sit and stay until you call him to come

As you and your dog improve, your dog will learn to stay down, heel off leash, and eventually stay when you walk out of his sight. NOTE: Class requirements have changed this year and are aligned to match AKC classes.


Sign up at the first class on May 16, which is for parents and 4-H members only. Do NOT bring your dog to the first meeting. DO bring a collar, leash, and stuffed dog/toy you don't mind dragging on the floor. We will discuss what you need for the following week and what you can expect from the classes. If you are planning to buy a new collar or leash, you may want to wait for specifications given at the first class. You will need to turn in the following papers at the first meeting on May 16:

  • Rules & Requirements, signed by you and a parent/guardian
  • Copy of Rabies vaccination record for office to keep on file (Dogs will not be allowed on site without proof of current vaccination. Rabies tags are not sufficient evidence of vaccination.) The DHLP shots are not required, but are strongly recommended for your dogs protection.

  These forms can be found at