Agents, parent volunteers, teen leaders, and 4-H members (even cloverbuds) can get in on all the fun. 4-H Pet Shows provide a role for everyone and it’s a great way to spotlight a 4-H project in your parish.
According to Michigan State University Extension pet ownership has many benefits for children which include valuable life lessons like responsibility, trust, compassion, respect, and patience.
Almost all 4-H parish programs offer pet shows. A social gathering is a wonderful place for youth to experience pride in their pet where they can share tricks and experience a little public speaking. Pet shows promote good grooming practices, pet care, and teaches that pet ownership lasts the lifetime of an animal (10…15…18 years).
Agents can extend learning at a pet show by providing stations where children learn about how to investigate breeds, how to keep a 4-H record book about their pet, and explore dog-related activities. Dogs, in particular, hold an important place and role in society. Service dogs, K-9, companionship, etc… Check out the Louisiana 4-H publications for youth to use when creating their record books.
High school youth can take their pet project a step further and participate in the Dog Science Contest at 4-H U. It’s not too early to gear up for the competition by training a teen 4-H member to have a station at a pet show and work their contest around their experience. The participants at the pet show will see a teen leader in action and the teen leader will be one step closer to winning a blue ribbon at 4-H U. 2018 Dog Science Contest
The 4-H pet project is a favorite and it’s a wonderful time of year to have a social gathering after school. If you have a chance, please read the MSU Extension article below.