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Does your youth have a passion for animals and learning?  One of the companion animal projects might just be the perfect fit!  Begin exploring the wonderful world of companion animals at the tabs below!

“The animal is the tool, youth development is the goal.”

Dog Project

Dogs

The 4-H dog project is designed for members who are interested in learning more about dogs, how to care for a dog, and how to train a dog in basic and advanced commands. The dog project is unique and is not meant to conform to AKC dog show or other professional standards. Dog projects and clubs typically meet once a week in Douglas County 4-H to practice and participate in the training.

Dog Identification must be entered in 4honline.com prior to attending any dog practices
Dog ID’s Due April 1, 2022


Important Documents & Links

Project Resources

Competition Rules

IMPORTANT – It is the individual members responsibility to fully understand ALL rules for competitions they are entering. 

Awards & Scholarships


Dog Project Events

  • Annual Dog Project Meeting ~ 2022 Date TBA .  See the weekly blast for registration information.
    • Where all dog project members, families, and leaders come together to go over the plan for the year, important dates, a refresher on project rules, updates on new rules/policies.  Extremely important to attend in order to set yourselves up correctly for the upcoming year!
      • *If you missed this meeting, contact the extension office to get everything you might have missed!*
  • Douglas County 4-H Dog Shows ~ Our goal is to continue the Douglas County Dog Shows for the 2021-2022 year! 
  • 4-H Open Dog Practices ~ Whether your child is looking to brush up on general skills, work through something that was challenging recently in another practice, or just get more time working with their dog come and join us!
    • Dates TBA

Outside County OpportunitiesFront Range Regional 4-H Calendar

Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Douglas County 4-H Blast for the latest opportunties!


Dog Educational Resources

Remember – No one method is right for every person and animal. Take everything with a grain of salt and build your toolbox of knowledge. Pick and choose what will work best for you and your current animal!

IMPORTANT Some resources are from other universities, states, counties, and programs. Please use them for their educational value, but ALWAYS be sure to check with local rules and guidelines.


Cat Project

Cats

Do you love learning about cats? Would you like to learn more about cat breeds, behavior, good health, grooming and feeding? Then the cat project is for you. This project is for youth ages 8-18 years old.
Cat ID’s Due May 1, 2022


Important Documents & Links

Project Resources

Competition Rules

IMPORTANT – It is the individual members responsibility to fully understand ALL rules for competitions they are entering. 

Awards & Scholarships


Cat Project Events

Coming Soon!

Outside County OpportunitiesFront Range Regional 4-H Calendar

Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Douglas County 4-H Blast for the latest opportunties!


Cat Educational Resources

Remember – No one method is right for every person and animal. Take everything with a grain of salt and build your toolbox of knowledge. Pick and choose what will work best for you and your current animal!

IMPORTANT Some resources are from other universities, states, counties, and programs. Please use them for their educational value, but ALWAYS be sure to check with local rules and guidelines.


Rabbit & Cavy

Rabbits

Do you like rabbits? Do you want to learn how to raise and care for rabbits? Then this project is for you. It is suggested that you start with a doe rabbit and extend the project each year that you take the project. You will want to enroll in the fall to prepare for receiving your animal.

Cavy

Are you a fan of guinea pigs? Do you want to learn how to care for and show a guinea pig? Then this project is for you. You will want to enroll in the fall to prepare for receiving your animal.


Important Documents & Links

Project Resources

Competition Rules

IMPORTANT – It is the individual members responsibility to fully understand ALL rules for competitions they are entering. 

Awards & Scholarships


Meat Quality Assurance (MQA)

MANDATORY for

  • All first year project members exhibiting any livestock project are required to attend quality assurance training. This does include all poultry and rabbit members.
  • Members in their first year in the Senior division (14-18) exhibiting any livestock project are required to attend quality assurance training. This does include all poultry and rabbit members.

If you are required to attend MQA  training and fail to do so, you will not be allowed to show livestock at the current year Douglas County Fair & Rodeo or Colorado State Fair.

  • 4-H MQA Policy
  • 2022 Dates Coming Soon
    • We are asking those youth not in Douglas County 4-H to email Kirsten to confirm attendance and please pay $2/youth. Kirsten.Cowan@Colostate.edu

Members who are not able to attend the Douglas County Training are able to attend another counties MQA Training.  HOWEVER, you must contact the counties extension office to ask permission to attend and to confirm the dates are correct.


Rabbit & Cavy Project Events

Coming Soon!

Outside County OpportunitiesFront Range Regional 4-H Calendar

Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Douglas County 4-H Blast for the latest opportunties!


Rabbit & Cavy Educational Resources

Remember – No one method is right for every person and animal. Take everything with a grain of salt and build your toolbox of knowledge. Pick and choose what will work best for you and your current animal!

IMPORTANT Some resources are from other universities, states, counties, and programs. Please use them for their educational value, but ALWAYS be sure to check with local rules and guidelines.

Rabbit RHDV-2 Resources

Meat Quality Assurance Resources

Llama/Alpaca

Llama/Alpaca

Please note the Llama/Alpaca project is a County project and therefore cannot quality for Colorado State Fair.

Important Documents & Links

Project Resources

Competition Rules

IMPORTANT – It is the individual members responsibility to fully understand ALL rules for competitions they are entering. 

Awards & Scholarships


Llama/Alpaca Project Events

Coming Soon!

Outside County OpportunitiesFront Range Regional 4-H Calendar

Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Douglas County 4-H Blast for the latest opportunties!


Llama/Alpaca Educational Resources

Remember – No one method is right for every person and animal. Take everything with a grain of salt and build your toolbox of knowledge. Pick and choose what will work best for you and your current animal!

IMPORTANT Some resources are from other universities, states, counties, and programs. Please use them for their educational value, but ALWAYS be sure to check with local rules and guidelines.