Some local canines are learning basic obedience, agility, and canine citizenry via teamwork from their human counterpart in preparation for the upcoming 4-H dog show. The annual event is scheduled for 1 p.m. on May 5 at the Uvalde County Fairplex.
There are 12 student/canine teams participating in this year’s 4-H dog show, with learned objectives of showing and handling patterns, show procedures, etiquette and patience.
The program is open to dogs of all backgrounds, mixed and purebred.
The program aims for students to develop leadership skills, initiative, and responsibility. Participants also garner and develop self confidence and patience.
During the dog show students are judged on six categories; showmanship, best handler, obedience, agility, and best costume.
According to Molly Flores, family and consumer sciences extension agent for Uvalde County, the group has also been on educational field trips to learn about pet ownership responsibilities.
“The group visited the Uvalde Humane Society, and learned the process of how the Humane Society works to educate the community on and assist with the cost of spay and neutering stray cats and dogs.”
The students also learned how the Humane Society of Uvalde works with the city of Uvalde to find homes for stray dogs and cats.
In an effort to learn more about how to properly care for and groom pets, the group visited Country Tails Bed and Biscuit.
Flores said that the goal of the program is for all who participate to encounter an enjoyable learning experience.
“Working with a dog can be an extremely rewarding opportunity as well as a life long skill,” said Flores, “Being able to relate to a dog is a wonderful part of a person’s life. We hope to assist in providing the most fulfilling and enjoyable program possible.”
To learn more, contact Molly Flores, Texas A &M AgriLife Extension Service, 830-278-6661.