Kids who participate in Michigan 4-H Youth Development programs are much more likely to contribute to their communities than those not involved in 4-H. Through 4-H activities, members learn leadership, communication and problem-solving skills that enable them to be resilient and successful in today’s world.
One of these activities is Michigan 4-H Dog Agility. In Michigan 4-H, agility supplies 4-H members and their dogs with something fun to do. It also helps to build confidence and teamwork between the 4-H members and their dogs.
A new manual has recently been produced that assists members and leaders as well. The full-color Michigan 4-H Dog Agility Manual (4H1467) instructs 4-H’ers in everything they need to know to take part in a 4-H dog agility program. It gives the requirements for training agility and lists agility obstacles and patch requirements. It describes what is required of both dogs and handlers in beginner, intermediate and advanced agility classes. Helpful tables give quick references for obstacles and judging for all classes. A glossary of agility terms, an explanation of scoring and a Michigan 4-H Agility Judge’s Worksheet for each level are included.
You can purchase the manual for just $2 – a bargain ‒ through the Michigan State University Extension Bookstore: http://web2.msue.msu.edu/bulletins2/product/michigan-4h-dog-agility-manual-1439.cfm
The manual was written by MSU Extension educator Katie Ockert and the 2013 State 4-H Companion Animal Committee, and edited and designed by Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications.