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4-H Obedience and Showmanship Regulations



The purpose of this publications is to standardize Oklahoma 4-H Dog Shows. These Regulations are to be adhered to for all Oklahoma 4-H Sanctioned Shows. The regulations, as presented, are similar to those developed by the American Kennel Club except for the addition, classification, and scoring of certain exercises. Exhibitors interested in showing in AKC Shows should familiarize themselves with these exceptions prior to entering such shows.

Dog Shows are a sport, and all exhibitors should be guided by the principles of good sportsmanship both in and outside the ring. The basic objective of obedience shows is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs in a manner that will reflect credit on the sport and demonstrate the usefulness of the dog as a companion of man.

Please refer to 4-H Skill for Life Animal Science Series: Dog for information on equipment for the dog, care and health of the dog, obedience training lessons and 4-H dog club activities.