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2013 Maine 4-H Days Dog Camp

This year dog camp will be a one-day event on Saturday July 20. Check-in begins at 8:00 am, with a photo shoot for you and your dog. Orientation, and camp rules will be covered at 8:30.  You will be kept busy with group dog walks, obedience, fitting & showmanship, and agility practice.  Be sure to sign in at the main office before coming to dog camp. Dog camp is a fun-filled day open to 4-H participants, who are 9-18 years of age.  There will be activities in obedience, fitting & showmanship, agility, and dog knowledge.  Families are welcome to attend but only 4-H members signed up for camp will be allowed to participate directly. Please plan on bringing a crate, food & water, food & water dishes, collars & leashes, treats, Current Rabies Certificate, water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellant, obedience leash/collar, 6-foot leash for Obedience class, “Showmanship Lead” for Showmanship class, crate blanket, plastic cleanup bags, first aid kit, old sheet or crate cover (to help dogs rest undistracted), folding chair, optional pop-up tent for shade, sunglasses and/or rain gear, appropriate footwear for the agility course, and anything else you and your dog might need. Visit the 4-H Dog page at to find more information and a detailed schedule of Dog Camp.

2013 Dog Camp Schedule:

8:00 am – 8:30 am Sign in to Dog Camp, Photo shoot with your dog!
8:30 am – 8:45 am Introductions & Camp Rules
8:45 am – 9:15 am Group Dog Walk (See any Sight Hounds?)
9:15 am – 10:45 am  3 Groups

Fitting & Showmanship
Agility Practice
10:45 am – 11:00 am Break for AM Snack/ Water Dogs
11:00 am – Noon Canine Good Citizen Training & Testing Available,too!
Noon – 12:30 pm Lunch (Pizzas will be provided)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Group Dog Walk ( Scent Hound Trail )
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Agility Course Fun! Try our NEW competition grade 4-H Agility Equipment!

Tricks Class:  What is your dog’s favorite trick?
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Group Dog Camp Photo, Certificates, Popsicles
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm “Meet the Hound Breeds”, Get your passport stamped as you “travel the World” to meet and learn about  a variety of Hound Breeds.
Try the “Hound Trivia Game” with your old & new 4-H friends.

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Below are a few pictures from past Maine 4-H Days Dog Camps along with answers to frequently asked questions about Dog Camp.

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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.


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