Dog - Dog Camp
2014 Maine 4-H Days Dog Camp
Dog Camp is one fun-filled day open to 4-H participants who are 9-18 years of age in 4-H years. There will be activities in dog obedience, fitting & showmanship, agility, and dog knowledge (HINT: Know the working dog breeds and basic first aid). Dog Camp check-in begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, June 21. Orientation, and camp rules will be covered at 8:30. Be sure to sign in at the Maine 4-H Days main office before coming to Dog Camp. Families are welcome to attend but only 4-H members signed up for camp will be allowed to participate in the program. A Proof of Vaccinations sheet must be filled out and brought to Dog Camp. Dogs that do not have this sheet or who are found to be overdue on the required vaccinations will not be allowed to stay for dog camp.
Beginning this year, all participants in Dog Camp, or other Dog activities, must complete and mail in the Maine 4-H Proof of Vaccinations for Dogs. Please complete this form, and mail, with copies of vaccination certificates: Word or PDF
2014 Dog Camp Schedule
- 8:00 – 8:30 am: Sign in to Dog Camp (paper work ahead of time – shot dates, photo releases – permission needed from legal guardians)
- 8:30 – 8:45 am: Introductions and camp rules
- 8:45 – 9:15 am: Dog Walk
- 9:15 – 10:15 am: Fitting and Showmanship
- Pre-novice, novice, intermediate, senior
- Obedience-pre-novice, novice, graduate novice, open
- 10:15 – 10:30 am: AM snack/water dogs
- 10:30 – 11:45 am: Agility
- 11:45 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch – Pizza
- 12:30 – 1:00 pm: Dog Walk
- 1:00 – 1:30 pm: Dog Games/Craft
- 1:30 – 2:15 pm: Freestyle with Lisa Dean
- 2:15 – 2:45 pm: Certificates/door prize/freeze pops/group photo
- 2:45 – 3:15 pm: Trivia
- 3:15 – 4:00 pm: Trooper Eric Verhille and K-9 Trooper
Games as Filler:
- Simon Says
- Musical Chairs
- Body Parts Poster
- Hot Car, Shaded Car – Thermometers
Below are a few pictures from past Maine 4-H Days Dog Camps along with answers to frequently asked questions about Dog Camp.
Frequently Asked Maine 4-H Days Dog Camp Questions
Q: How many dogs may I bring, how old do they have to be and can I participate without a dog?
A: Participants may bring up to two of their own 4-H project dogs that they have trained, as long as the dogs are non-aggressive and each can be handled individually by the 4-H’er. The dog’s age is not a factor in most workshops and dogs are not necessary for all of the workshops. Usually about half of the activities are hands-on with dogs, and the other half are not. No aggressive dogs will be allowed to participate at camp; and dogs exhibiting signs of aggression towards anyone may be asked to leave the activity or camp for the safety of all.
Q: If my dog is well-behaved can it be off-leash during camp?
A: All dogs must be on-leash at all times.
Q: Who can participate in Dog Camp?
A: 4-H members age 9 – 18 can participate.
Q: What are some workshops that we have had at Dog Camp in the past?
A: Some of the events that we have had in the past are agility, rally-obedience, basic obedience, multi-level showmanship, tracking, Bach Flower Remedies, dog rescues, first aid, flyball, freestyle canine dancing and many more. We also offer dog themed crafts and games at night.
Q: What type of supervision is required?
A: All participants must have a chaperone.
Q: If I come as a chaperone with a Dog Camp participant can I bring my dog?
A: Chaperone’s may bring a dog as long as the dog is well behaved, has updated rabies papers with them, is leashed and does not interfere with the dogs signed up for camp.