Ohio 4-H Livestock, Horse, & Companion Animal Project Resources

The Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences pages have several resources for our exhibitors to assist and help guide them in the project journey’s.  There are factsheets, webinars, resources, and videos for families to check out.  Below are the links for the respective pages.


Updates to the 4-H Calendar – March 2023

There have been some updates to the tentative schedule. Please use the PDF file to update your clubs/families or direct them to the calendar on this blog.


  • The April 5th Cloverbud activity is now April 11 @ 5:00pm.
  • The county wide shooting events will be held at Campbell’s Sportsman’s Club in Howard.
  • Dog show schedule has been set. Looking to get updated paperwork out ASAP!
  • 4-H Camp: Counselors will move June 5 and campers will move in June 6 around 9 am.

2023 4-H Calendar – Tentative

As always, this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. We will do our best to update this as soon as we know to keep everyone on the same page. Please contact the extension office with questions!



2019 Ohio 4-H Dog Expo

Ohio 4-H Dog Expo, April 27, Clark County Fairgrounds

Registration postmark deadline: April 15


What is Ohio 4-H Dog Expo? Dog Expo is an opportunity for 4-H members (AND their dogs) to learn skills to help them be more successful with their 4-H dog projects. Teamwork between the 4-H member and their dog is emphasized throughout the sessions. Dog Expo is open to all 4-H dog project members and their dogs, whether this is their first year or they have been taking dogs for several years. Experienced 4-H dog volunteers and resource people will be present to help 4-H members. Dog project members are welcome to attend at no cost if they are not bringing a dog. Dog advisors are welcome to attend without dogs at no cost.

When is Ohio 4-H Dog Expo? Dog Expo will be on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00am-2:30pm.

Where will Ohio 4-H Dog Expo be held? Dog Expo will be held at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH 45505. There will be several buildings devoted to the different sessions. Registration will be in the Youth Building.

What is the cost? 4-H’ers can come for half a day or all day. It will cost each 4-H’er $10.00 to participate for half a day, and $20.00 to participate for a full day’s worth of sessions with their dogs. You MUST pre-register. There are NO same-day registrations. We will NOT accept walk-ins. ONLY the 4-H member may bring their dog. Puppies under 6 months old are not allowed. Other dogs are not permitted on the grounds. Advisors can attend for free, as well as parents and siblings. Advisors and 4-H members attending without dogs need not pre-register.

When is Registration due? Registrations must be postmarked by Monday, April 15. You must send your money along with the registration form to the address at the bottom of the form. You can download the information and registration form at www.go.osu.edu/calendardogs by clicking on the link corresponding to the April 15 and April 27 dates.

Who should I contact? For general questions, please contact either Lucinda Miller, Extension Specialist, 4-H, at miller.78@osu.edu, 614.292.7453, or Jennifer Newell, State 4-H Dog Advisory Committee at NewellFarmJenn@gmail.com. Registrations must be sent to Jennifer Newell (address on registration form) by the postmark deadline.

Ohio 4-H Dog Judges’ Seminar

Every other year the State 4-H Dog Advisory Committee hosts an Ohio 4-H Dog Judges’ Seminar for current and potential 4-H dog show judges. 2019 is the year! The seminar will be held Saturday, January 26th, at the OSU Animal Sciences Building, Columbus campus. Registrations are due Monday, January 14.

I have attached the general information, a schedule and registration form. If you have people in your county (4-H volunteers, kennel club members, etc.) who might be interested in this seminar, please forward the information to them. Judges’ seminar information is posted on the 4-H website’s Dog Calendar of Events page at www.go.osu.edu/calendardogs. I will also send this info to our current 4-H dog show judges, as well as post it on the Ohio 4-H Dog Program Facebook page.

If you are interested in learning more about how 4-H dog shows are judged and rule information, you are welcome to complete a registration form and attend. We will also take a limited number of 4-H volunteers not interested in judging, but who want to learn the mechanics of judging to better help their 4-H club members. Please pass this info on to dog project volunteers you feel would benefit.

For questions about sending 4-H volunteers not interested in being listed as judges, or general for questions, please contact me at miller.78@osu.edu. Current and potential dog judges with questions about the seminar may also contact Barb Cline, State 4-H Dog Advisory Committee Chair at tricolorcollies@aol.com.



Volunteers Needed at Wolf Run Park

Attention 4Hers! The Knox County Bark Park located at Wolf Run Park on Yauger Road is looking for some volunteers this spring/summer. This might be a great community service project for those clubs looking for one. We need general maintenance such as pulling weeds and helping with the agility equipment. We would like to incorporate some “dog” related fun education programs in the park as well. If you are interested in our volunteer/education program please contact the Knox County Park District at 740-392-7275.

– Andrea

State 4-H Dog Advisor Training

The State 4-H Dog Advisory Committee is planning a statewide 4-H Dog Advisor Training (modeled after the 4-H Horse Advisor Training) to be held Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The training will be from 10:00am-3:45pm. Attached is the registration form.

This training is for any 4-H advisor who has one or more youth taking dog projects in his/her club, regardless of whether the club is a general project club or dog-only project club. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation, ONE advisor per county is invited to attend this training for FREE. We are asking that you specify which advisor is designated to attend for free by signing the registration form in the appropriate area. Registration for other advisors is $20.00 per person. Registrations must be postmarked by Friday, January 19.

The objectives of this training include to:

  • Educate advisors on multimedia resources available
  • Teach advisors how to navigate the 4-H organization in relation to dog projects and opportunities
  • Help advisors understand specific dog projects available and their benefits
  • Teach the science behind using positive reinforcement during training sessions
  • Provide new perspectives for club activities through round table and panel discussions
  • Help advisors recognize stress in dogs to promote welfare and safety
  • Promote participation of youth with or without dogs present at meetings and activities

Meghan E, Herron, DVM, Clinical Associate Professor, Behavioral Medicine, at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Herron’s research is in companion animal behavior problem prevention, behavior modification techniques, and shelter animal welfare and adoptability enhancement.

Registration Form: 2018 Dog Advisor Training Registration Form_Final-18mjg3s

– Andrea