Companion animals are diverse groups of animals that include dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, companion birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and many more! There are currently more than 1.1 billion companion animals worldwide. In fact, there are more companion animals than people in the United States.
The Nebraska 4-H companion animal programs offer opportunities for youth to develop life skills and obtain knowledge of companion animals. The focus of the Nebraska 4-H companion animal programs is the total development of the young person. The companion animals contests, shows, and related activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development.
For more information about companion animal programs offered in your community, please contact your local Extension office.
4-H COMPANION ANIMAL OPPORTUNITIES
The Companion Animal Challenge, held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus, provides 4-H members an opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their companion animal knowledge through a variety of 4-H contests that do not require live animals, including demonstrations, skillathon, essay, art, and photography contests.
The Nebraska State Fair 4-H Dog Skillathon is an opportunity for 4-H members to test their knowledge of a variety of dog care topics. Youth work through three testing stations during the contest which does not require a live animal.
The Nebraska State Fair 4-H Dog Show offers 4-H members an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities in working with their canine companion through a variety of competitions, including showmanship, obedience, agility, and rally classes.