Department I - 4-H
Division F - Dogs

Superintendent : Juliana Venables, (360) 451-1198 jcvenables719@gmail.com
Assistant Superintendent: Jennifer Marin

GENERAL RULES

WA State 4-H Dog Program Policies will be followed, along with the following:

  1. Care and training of project animals must be the responsibility of the member. A member may enter a maximum of two project dogs in all Qualifying/Fair events in a given year. Members may carry more than one dog as a project but must keep records on each. All dogs must be at least 6 months of age to enter.
  2. Dogs should be benched at all times except for when they are being shown, exercised, or by permission of the superintendent(s) or club leader(s). Dogs are at no time to be on the Fairgrounds except going to ​or leaving the benched area. Dogs are not allowed in exhibit buildings, concession area or restrooms.
  3. All dogs will be benched by 10 am Wed. through Sun. Dogs will be released Wed. through Sat. at 8pm (EXCEPT for those dogs assigned to participate in the 8 - 10pm exhibit time). The Dog Project will provide live dog exhibits or demonstrations during the official hours of the fair until 7pm on Sunday. Those who do not comply with these benching times, except in an emergency approved by the superintendent(s), will forfeit all premium awards, and ribbons. Prior arrangements must be made for benching of bitches in heat. Bitches in heat must be in sanitary pants.
  4. Equipment - six foot lead (leather or nylon) and a training collar (chain or nylon). Dogs must be benched with leather/nylon buckle collar or harness and bench chain. The bench chain should be the length between the withers and the croup. Dogs without proper benching equipment or that cannot be benched without causing a problem with other members and dogs will be excused from the Fairgrounds.
  5. Dogs and handler must be well groomed. Dog should be clean and groomed. Handlers must abide by the current Washington State 4-H Dog Project dress code. Club uniforms are not allowed during competition, with the exception of team competition.
  6. Rabies Vaccination Certificate - Each animal entered must show proof of Rabies vaccination using the 4-H Form WS4HF/1.30m. All dogs must be in good health and free of FLEAS, LICE, TICKS, and EAR MITES.
  7. Member shall attend at least 50% of all club meetings from date of enrollment to be eligible to go to fair. Individual clubs may have stricter requirements.
  8. At the discretion of the superintendent(s) any dog causing problems will be disqualified and excused from the fairgrounds. No head-collars, muzzles, or pronged spiked collars.
  9. All clubs and single exhibitors will be entered in and judged for Herdsmanship. Herdsmanship Contest Rules will be followed. Individual clubs may have stricter requirements.
  10. Champion and Reserve ribbons will only be awarded to blue ribbon winners. A Champion may be given when a minimum of 2 blue ribbon contestants are present or at the judge’s discretion.
  11. Participation in Showmanship and Obedience at the Thurston County Fair are required in order to be eligible to qualify for State, regardless of participation at State Qualifying Events.

OBEDIENCE RULES
In addition to those represented in the WA State 4-H Dog Program Policies

  1. The classes are based on the ability of the dog. Member, leader, and superintendent(s) must decide on which class to enter according to level of training.
  2. Introductory Obedience will be offered to Cloverbuds and first year members. First year junior exhibitors who were previously in the Cloverbud class will also be eligible to show in the Introductory Obedience class. Introductory Obedience is not a state qualifying class and will be the only obedience class offered to Cloverbud exhibitors.
  3. All blue ribbon winners at COUNTY QUALIFIER(S), COUNTY FAIR, OR STATE FAIR of the previous year(s) must go on to the next class. Utility, Versatility, and Veterans/Modified, may repeat their class.
  4. Each member and dog who does not receive a blue ribbon, as specified in Obedience Rules #3, may stay at the same level of obedience for 3 years; additional years must have prior approval from the general club leader and the superintendent.
  5. Class advancement shall be completed in accordance with the Standardized Thurston County Progression Chart. Members who wish to exhibit in another obedience class who have not met the requirements set forth in Obedience Rules #3 or #4 must receive parent, leader, and superintendent approval.
  6. To enter the Versatility class, the dog must have qualified in Utility.
  7. To enter Veterans/Modified class the dog must be 7 years or over or have some physical problem that prevents it from jumping and/or retrieving. Dogs under 7 years of age must have a note from their veterinarian.
  8. Team to consist of 4 members and 4 dogs. Brace to consist of 2 dogs, both need not be handler’s dog. Teams and Brace are not required to be from the same club. Teams and Brace will perform at the level of the dog entered at the lowest level.
  9. Additional state qualifying events may be offered prior to the fair. Contact the 4-H Dog Superintendent for more details.

SHOWMANSHIP RULES

Showmanship classes will be conducted in accordance with the Washington State Guide to Showmanship. In order to be eligible to qualify for State Fair in showmanship, any dog entered in showmanship must be entered in an obedience class at the Thurston County Fair.

Showmanship will be divided into 4 lots:

  • Primary
  • Junior
  • Intermediate
  • Senior

Each lot (except Cloverbud) will be divided further into sub lots;

  1. First Year
    First Year sub lot is open to all first year members and/or first year participating in 4-H dog performance classes. First year Junior exhibitors who were previously in the Cloverbud class will also be eligible to show in the Pre-Novice A class. All first year members/exhibitors may stay in this lot during their first year, regardless of their wins. Members, who place first at a qualifying match, within their first year, have the option to move up into the standard sub lot "b" immediately or wait until the next 4-H year. First Year members that have moved up voluntarily to the standard sub lot, however, will not be eligible for Specials until their second year.
  2. Standard
    Standard sub lot is open to all 4-H dog members. A member who wins first place at a State Qualifying Match or county fair will NOT be required to move into Specials until the next 4-H year unless they choose.
  3. Specials
    Specials sub lot shall be composed of:
    1. Members who placed first in the standard sub lot "b" with a blue ribbon at the prior year’s county fair. Wins at a State Qualifying Match, other than county fair, do not apply.
    2. Members who qualified for the State Championship Weekend in Showmanship at the prior year’s state fair.
    3. Members who have achieved Open Showmanship status in the American Kennel Club or like organization, regardless of their wins or lack thereof in 4-H.
    4. Additional state qualifying events may be offered prior to the fair. Contact the 4-H Dog Superintendent for more details.
      Note: When a member moves into the next age level, he or she will return to sub lot "b" for Showmanship competition unless item 3 applies to him or her.

AGILITY RULES
In addition to those represented in the Washington State 4H Agility Rules

1. In order to be eligible to qualify for State Fair, any dog entered in Agility must also be entered in a regular Obedience class at Fair.

2. The classes are based on the ability of the dog. Member, leader, and superintendent(s) must decide on which class to enter according to level of training.

3. All blue ribbon winners at COUNTY QUALIFIER(S), COUNTY FAIR, OR STATE FAIR of the previous year(s) must go on to the next class. Standard Excellent and Jumpers Excellent may repeat their class.

4. Each member and dog who does not receive a blue ribbon, as specified in Agility Rules #3, may stay at the same level of agility for 3 years; additional years must have prior approval from the general club leader and the superintendent.

5. Members who wish to advance to another agility class who have not met the requirements set forth in Agility Rules #3 or #4, must receive parent, leader and superintendent approval.

6. For health and safety purposes, any dog entered in the Veterans/Modified Obedience class must provide the written consent of a veterinarian in order to participate in agility classes.

7. Clover buds will not be eligible to participate in agility classes.

8. Additional state qualifying events may be offered prior to the fair. Contact the 4-H Dog Superintendent for more details.

​AGILITY RULES

In addition to those represented in the Washington State 4H Agility Rules

  1. In order to be eligible to qualify for State Fair, any dog entered in Agility must also be entered in a regular Obedience class at Fair.
  2. The classes are based on the ability of the dog. Member, leader, and superintendent(s) must decide on which class to enter according to level of training.
  3. All blue ribbon winners at COUNTY QUALIFIER(S), COUNTY FAIR, OR STATE FAIR of the previous year(s) must go on to the next class. Standard Excellent and Jumpers Excellent may repeat their class.
  4. Each member and dog who does not receive a blue ribbon, as specified in Agility Rules #3, may stay at the same level of agility for 3 years; additional years must have prior approval from the general club leader and the superintendent.
  5. Members who wish to advance to another agility class who have not met the requirements set forth in Agility Rules #3 or #4, must receive parent, leader and superintendent approval.
  6. For health and safety purposes, any dog entered in the Veterans/Modified Obedience class must provide the written consent of a veterinarian in order to participate in agility classes.
  7. Clover buds will not be eligible to participate in agility classes.
  8. Additional state qualifying events may be offered prior to the fair. Contact the 4-H Dog Superintendent for more details.

RALLY RULES

In addition to those represented in the Washington State Guide to Rally

  1. Currently Rally Obedience is not a State Qualifying event.
  2. The classes are based on the ability of the dog. Member, leader, and superintendent(s) must decide on which class to enter according to level of training.
  3. All blue ribbon winners at COUNTY QUALIFIER(S), COUNTY FAIR, OR STATE FAIR (if applicable) of the previous year(s) must go on to the next class. Rally Excellent may repeat their class.
  4. Each member and dog who does not receive a blue ribbon, as specified in Rally Rules #3, may stay at the same level of rally for 3 years; additional years must have prior approval from the general club leader and the superintendent.
  5. Members who wish to advance to another Rally class who have not met the requirements set forth in Rally Rules #3 or #4, must receive parent, leader and superintendent approval.

Judging

  1. Dog judging will cover materials from the AKC Complete Dog Book, AKC Complete Dog Book for Kids, and Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook. Additional resources may be distributed for study purposes prior to the contest.
  2. Written and oral reasons may be used for intermediates and seniors. Written reasons may be used for juniors.


CLASS 1 - DOG SHOWMANSHIP (FITTING & SHOWING)
Points: Blue – 75 Red – 55 White – 25

LOT

  1. Clover bud (Participation only, no premium points)
  2. Junior – a. First Year b. Standard c. Specials
  3. Intermediate – a. First Year b. Standard c. Specials
  4. Senior – a. First Year b. Standard c. Specials

CLASS 2 - DOG KNOWLEDGE BOWL

Points: Blue-10 Red-8 White-6WA State Dog Rules Apply

LOT

  1. Cloverbud (participation only, no premium points)
  2. Junior
  3. Intermediate
  4. Senior

DOG AGILITY

Points: Blue – 40 Red – 30 White – 20

CLASS 3 - STANDARD CLASS

LOT

  1. Elementary – b, c, d
  2. Pre-Novice – b, c, d
  3. Novice – b, c, d
  4. Open – b, c, d
  5. Excellent – b, c, d

CLASS 4 - JUMPERS/JUMPERS WITH WEAVES

LOT

  1. Pre-Novice – b, c, d
  2. Novice – b, c, d
  3. Open – b, c, d
  4. Excellent – b, c, d

CLASS 5 - DOG OBEDIENCE

Points: Blue – 40 Red – 30 White – 20

LOT

  1. INTRODUCTORY
  2. SUB-NOVICE
  3. PRE-NOVICE
  4. NOVICE
  5. GRADUATE NOVICE
  6. PRE-OPEN
  7. OPEN
  8. GRADUATE OPEN
  9. PRE-UTILITY
  10. UTILITY
  11. VERSATILITY
  12. VETERANS/MODIFIED
  13. BEGINNER NOVICE
  14. ADVANCED NOVICE

CLASS 6 - TEAM OBEDIENCE (Ribbon Only)

LOT

  1. SUB-NOVICE
  2. NOVICE
  3. ADVANCED NOVICE

CLASS 7 – BRACE OBEDIENCE (Ribbon Only)

LOT

  1. SUB-NOVICE
  2. NOVICE
  3. ADVANCED NOVICE

CLASS 8 – RALLY OBEDIENCE

Points: Blue – 40 Red – 30 White – 20

LOT

  1. NOVICE
  2. ADVANCED
  3. EXCELLENT