Dog Skillathon

Superintendent: Jessica Bauman, Lincoln


NOTE TO EXHIBITOR AND EXTENSION OFFICE: Please follow the rules carefully. Contact the Superintendent if you have any questions. Exhibitors are expected to read and follow the information in the “State Fair 4-H Dog Exhibitor and Dog Skillathon Letter” which is posted on the web with the 4-H dog information.

GENERAL RULES

  1. 4-H members are eligible to participate in the Dog Skill-a-thon regardless of project enrollment. 
  2. All participants must be enrolled in 4-H and be 10 years of age as of January 1 of current year. 
  3. The skill-a-thon will be held at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. Check schedule for date and time. 
  4. This is an individual contest. No teams. 
  5. YOU DO NOT NEED A DOG TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST. 
  6. While a contest is in progress, contestants shall not communicate with others, except as directed by the Superintendent of the contest. Participants will be informed of regulations at the beginning of each contest. 

PRE-REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEES

You must pre-register online by the required deadline in order to participate. 4-H members involved in all state judging contests are required to pay a non-refundable entry fee. No one may register on day of show as they have not pre-registered or paid the entry fee.

AGE DIVISIONS

Intermediate (10-13 yrs of age) Seniors (14-18 yrs of age)

DRESS CODE

Exhibitors are required to wear the official State Fair 4-H t-shirt. If there is no official State Fair 4-H T-shirt, exhibitors are required to wear a white shirt (or blouse) with the official 4-H chevron attached or a 4-H T-shirt. Solid blue jeans are required. No hats, caps or other types of headgear are to be worn. Exhibitors shall not display any local, county or club identification.

AWARDS

4-H members participating in judging, skill and identification contests will be recognized as follows: 

  • Individuals: P-B-R-W to all contestants. 
  • Senior Division: Champion High Point-Gold medal; Reserve High Point-Silver medal; 3rd High Point-Bronze medal. Placing ribbons-1st through 10th High Points, will be awarded.
  • Intermediate Division: Champion High Point-Gold medal; Reserve High Point-Silver medal; 3rd High Point-Bronze medal. Placing ribbons-1st through 10th High Points, will be awarded.

RESULTS

Results tabulated and submitted by the Superintendent to the State Fair Judging Contest Coordinator are final. Results of the 1st through 10th high point individuals will be posted after the contest. Other results will be available on the 4-H web page after the State Fair as provided by the contest superintendent.

GUIDELINES

The contest will consist of a series of stations that are designed to test your knowledge of dogs. Some stations may be visual diagrams or hands on activities to demonstrate a dog related technique. Stations will cover:

  • Breed identification pictures from the Focus Group (majority of focus) 
    2016 - Sporting
    2017 - Toy
    2018 - Hound
    2019 - Herding
    2020 - Working
  • Breed identification pictures from all other groups (a few)
  • Dog Care
  • Conformation
  • Dog Body Language
  • Behavior
  • Grooming
  • Parasites
  • Nutrition
  • Life Stage
  • Obedience
  • Agility
  • Showmanship
  • Rally
  • Other Dog Sports – general
  • Equipment – collars, leashes, grooming equipment, and items used for general care, etc…
  • Anatomy
  • Body Systems
  • Dog Careers 

CONTEST RESOURCES

  • 4-H Dog Manuals (Manuals 1 & 2 for Juniors; Manuals 1, 2, & 3 for Seniors)
  • American Kennel Club Breed Book
  • www.akc.org
  • Educational materials on the 4-H Dog web page, and general information about dogs that is available on the Companion Animal eXtension web page.

CLASSES

  • F500006 - Intermediate Dog Skillathon
  • F500005 - Senior Dog Skillathon