Companion Animal Program

  • Nebraska 4-HCompanion Animal Programs

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  • Nebraska 4-HCompanion Animal Programs

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  • Nebraska 4-HCompanion Animal Programs

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  • Nebraska 4-HCompanion Animal Programs

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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.

NEBRASKA 4-H COMPANION ANIMAL PROGRAMS

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Canine Companions for Life - 4-H Dog Expo

The Canine Companions for Life - 4-H Dog Expo is designed to provide 4-H members from across the state the opportunity to work with their dog through a variety of classes, including obedience, agility, rally obedience, and showmanship.

Canine Companions for Life - 4-H Dog Expo

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Cat Club

The Cat Club is a monthly webinar series providing an opportunity for all youth, parents, and volunteers to gain knowledge about cats and showing cat in 4-H. Youth do not need to be enrolled 4-H members to participate. Webinars are held on the second Thursday of each month.

Cat Club

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Companion Animal Challenge

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, quiz bowl, art and photography contests.

Companion Animal Challenge

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Nebraska State Fair 4-H Dog Skillathon

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.

Nebraska State Fair 4-H Dog Skillathon

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Nebraska State Fair 4-H Dog Show

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.

Nebraska State Fair 4-H Dog Show

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Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest

The Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest provides 4-H members an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills of working with their companion animals, such as cat, ferret, guinea pig, or rodent.

Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest

CALENDAR OF 4-H COMPANION ANIMAL EVENTS

TitleDateLocation
State 4-H Dog Show
at the Nebraska State Fair
August 26, 2018 Nebraska State Fairgrounds
Grand Island, NE
State 4-H Dog Skillathon
at the Nebraska State Fair
August 26, 2018 Nebraska State Fairgrounds
Grand Island, NE
Cat Club September 12, 2018 Online
Cat Club October 11, 2018 Online
Cat Club November 8, 2018 Online
Cat Club December 13, 2018 Online

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Lisa Karr
EMAIL: lisa.karr@unl.edu
PHONE: 402-472-6458