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Putnam 4-H K-9 Club sets first meeting Feb. 2 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:15 PM

BY NANCY KLINE

DHI Correspondent

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PUTNAM COUNTY — Having a dog as a pet is more than just feeding and housing them. It is also about taking proper care of your dog and teaching it obedience. These are the things that are taught in the Putnam County 4-H K-9 Club.

The county-wide program will host its first meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Pizza Hut in Ottawa. All Putnam County youth, ages 8(or in the third grade)-18 are eligible to join.

Advisors for the club are Marcy Kraner and Crystal Dunlap. In addition to learning about the proper care and grooming for a dog, members learn basic training practices. The students are also taught about recognizing different dog breeds, their responsibilities as dog owners and other skills that are taught as basic 4-H skills. These life skills include responsibility, communication and leadership.

Dunlap is in her second year as a 4-H advisor. She was a 4-H member growing up.

“They can have any type or size of dog,” Dunlap said. “It doesn’t matter.”

The “Dog Resource Handbook” that comes with membership in the 4-H obedience club teaches members about the characteristics of the dog, grooming, breeds, training techniques and obedience.

The book also talks about health and nutrition for dogs.

For more information, contact Dunlap at 419-203-9444 or call the Putnam County Extension office at 419-523-6294.

 

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