(Book 201)

      Judging: Saturday, 10:00 a.m.


      1. All dog exhibitors MUST have a completed and signed Permission to Participate form on-file with the Extension Office before handling dogs in the name of 4-H.

      2. Youth must be enrolled in the correct dog project by May 1 to show in classes at the Shelby County Junior Fair Dog Show or at the Ohio State Fair Dog Show as follows:

      • Obedience, Project No. 201O – to show in Sub- Novice, Novice, Graduate Novice, Open, Graduate Open, Utility, Brace, Team, and Rally classes;

      • Showmanship, Project No. 201S – to show in Showmanship (formerly Grooming & Handling) classes;

      • Performance Dog, Project No. 201P – to show in Agility, Drill Team, or Freestyle;

      • Working Dog, Project No. 201W – to show in the Assistance Dog class (at State Fair only);

      • You and Your Dog, Project No. 201D [formerly Dog Care] will be judged as a part of Companion Animal Day Judging at the Ohio State Fair and during Special Interest Judging at the Shelby County Junior Fair.

      Health Requirements: Shelby County Junior Fair & Ohio State Fair

      3. The 2015 Ohio State Fair Dog Project Identification Form and Vaccination Certificate completed and signed by a licensed, accredited veterinarian is required for exhibition. Other certificates of vaccination, computerized vaccination records, pet record cards, or kennel records will not be accepted. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to make sure that all health requirements for State Fair are met.

      4. The Ohio Department of Agriculture requires dogs to have current Rabies vaccinations. Veterinarians must document on whether the exhibitor’s dog’s rabies vaccination is current for 1 year or 3 years by filling in the “date expires” blank.

      5. The Ohio 4-H Dog Program requires that all dogs be vaccinated yearly for Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus for exhibition. However, if the veterinarian feels that administering the Leptospirosis vaccination would jeopardize the dog’s health, it may be waived, and the administering veterinarian must initial the applicable box under the DHLPP section on the Vaccination Certificate. If the veterinarian follows the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommendations or vaccine antibody titer tests, the administering veterinarian must initial the applicable box under the DHLPP section.

      6. All vaccinations must be administered by a licensed, accredited veterinarian. If the veterinarian does not administer certain vaccinations to older or other dogs, those vaccinations must be noted by the administering veterinarian, either on the vaccination form or letterhead. For the Ohio State Fair Dog Show, all vaccinations must be current through August 2015. If showing in Shelby County only, all vaccinations must be current through August 1, 2015.

      7. Any dogs exhibiting abnormalities or symptoms of sickness, disease, or parasite infestation as determined by the health check officials will be eliminated from the show and must be removed from the Fairgrounds. If a dog is under veterinary care for a health condition that is not infectious or contagious, the exhibitor must bring a health certificate from the attending veterinarian verifying the condition and treatment. Decision of the health check officials is final.

      Ohio State Fair Dog Show:

      8. Any 4-H member enrolled with OSU Extension Shelby County in a dog project by May 1 may enter the 2014 Ohio State Fair Dog Show. FFA members are eligible to show provided they meet school FFA dog project requirements. All entries must be approved by the member’s 4-H advisor/FFA advisor and the extension educator. State Fair entries must be postmarked by July 1. Entry fees and late fee penalties apply. Complete State Fair Dog Show Rules, show schedules, and sample score sheets can be found on OSU 4-H Animal Science website.

      Shelby County Junior Fair Dog Show:

      9. The Shelby County Junior Fair Dog Show is open to any 4-H or FFA member who is enrolled in one or more dog projects and who makes entry into specific Junior Fair dog show subclasses by May 1.

      10. Any Shelby County 4-H or FFA dog exhibitor not in a dog club must attend at least four of a dog club’s training meetings in order to show in the Shelby County Junior Fair Dog Show. Dog exhibitors not in dog clubs will be contacted after May 1 with the name and phone numbers of head advisors of dog clubs. It is up to those exhibitors to contact the advisors and find out when and where the club trainings will take place.

      11. Dogs must either be owned by the 4-H/FFA member or the member’s immediate family. They must be in the continuous care of the member for the duration of the project. The date of ownership must be no later than May 1. Proof of ownership is the burden of the member and the member’s family.

      12. Leasing a dog is not permitted.

      13. Lessons, instructions, and advice for the member are encouraged. As long as the member is present in the learning situation, and handles or trains the dog the majority of the time present, such assistance can include occasional handling or training by another person. Only the member can handle the dog at any type of training class on or after May 1.

      14. On or after May 1 no one other than the member is permitted to show the project dog at any type of dog show, including fun matches.

      15. All dogs exhibited must be six months of age by the date of the show. Proof of age is the burden of the member or member’s immediate family. Dogs not meeting this age requirement are not permitted to be shown.

      16. Members in respective activities and classes are expected to perform in those events and demonstrated those skills, which are listed in the dog project books and on the various 4-H dog judging score sheets.

      17. The Show officials (the judge, 4-H advisors, Junior Fair Board dog department superintendents, or extension personnel) in charge will have the right and responsibility to order the removal from the grounds, including show ring, any dog exhibiting unsafe or threatening behavior or any member or other persons abusing the dog. The above individuals also have the right and responsibility to order the removal from the grounds any person abusive to show personnel.

      18. Only the dog, member, and show officials will be permitted in the ring while any class is being judged.

      19. All dogs participating in the Fair must be currently licensed in the member’s county of residence. The member must bring a certificate of license and dog license tag to registration.

      20. When members arrive in the dog show area at the Shelby County Junior Fair, Junior Fair Board dog department superintendents will check health certificates. Incomplete information or falsified information is grounds for dismissal.

      21. Dogs are not permitted to wear any type of muzzle or prong collar. Dogs must be kept on leash while on the fairgrounds, except when participating in the ring during judging. Exhibitors are totally responsible for their dogs while on the fairgrounds. Exhibitors are expected to clean up after their dogs. Dogs are not permitted outside the show ring area.

      22. Pregnant and/or lactating females are not permitted to show. Females in season (heat) are not permitted to show.

      23. Members must provide their own collars, leashes, water dishes, kennels, and any equipment needed.

      1. Obedience collars include well-fitting plain buckle or slip collars of an appropriate single length of leather, fabric or chain with two rings, one on each end. Fancy collars, or special training collars, or collars that are either too tight or so large that they hang down unreasonably in front of the dogs are not permitted. Nothing shall be hanging from the collars. Leashes may be of fabric or leather and should be 6 feet in length. Chain leashes are not acceptable.

      2. Showmanship collars include a chain or fabric slip collar, or martingale-type show lead. Nothing shall be hanging from the collars. Leashes may be of fabric or leather and long enough to allow for easy handling of the dog. Chain leashes are not acceptable.

      3. Dumbbells must be made of one or more solid pieces of one of the heavy hardwoods, or of a rigid or semi- rigid, firm, nontoxic, non-wooden material, similar in size, shape, color, and weight to a wooden dumbbell. Metal dumbbells are not permitted. Dumbbells shall not be hallowed out. It may be unfinished, or coated with a clear finish, or painted white. It shall have no decorations or attachments, but may bear an inconspicuous mark for identification. The size of the dumbbell shall be proportionate to the size of the dog.

      24. Handler’s and dog’s appearance: Members should be neat and clean in appearance. They should not wear T-shirts, jackets or other apparel with slogans, 4-H club or dog club names, etc., in the show ring. They should wear clothing that is comfortable to handle in and appropriate for dog shows. Clothing should not distract, limit or hinder the judge’s view of the dog. For Showmanship classes, it is recommended that girls wear skirts or dresses and boys wear dress shirts, ties, and dress slacks. Blue jeans and shorts are not recommended. Dogs should be clean, well brushed and in good physical condition appropriate for the dog’s age. Purebred dogs do not have to be in regular show clip.

      25. Members showing their dogs at any Licensed or Member Obedience Trial or at a Sanctioned Match must show their dogs on or after April 1 at the same or higher level than they are showing in AKC, UKC, or other titling shows. Fun matches do not apply. Dogs who have completed their Companion Dog (C.D.) Title (or UKC, or other titling equivalents) prior to May l must show in Open B or Graduate Open A or B classes.

      26. Dogs must be presented at the site of the exercises at least thirty minutes prior to the start of the show and remain until released by the Junior Fair superintendents.

      27. Entries should specify Division A or B by specific sub-class number. Division A. Exhibitor or dog HAS NOT shown in the class before. Division B. Exhibitor or dog previously entered in this class or prior show experience.

      28. In order to be eligible for a Best of Class award, a minimum qualifying score of 170 must be attained.

      29. Judging of the Showmanship Classes will be based upon the relationship between the handler and the dog in the performance of simple exercises. Score sheets are available.

      30. An exhibitor may enter a maximum of two obedience sub-classes with two different dogs, plus the appropriate showmanship class with one of these two dogs at the Shelby County Junior Fair.

      31. Exhibitors can register the day of show no sooner than a half hour before show time (9:30-10:00 a.m.). DOGS are to be brought to the Fairgrounds at least 30, but no more than 90, minutes before the dog exercises are to begin.

      32. Exhibitors will not be permitted past the curtain area prior to show except to register and no dogs will be permitted past the curtain area before show. (Exhibitors and dogs are permitted in the curtain area and outside to prepare.)

      33. Participants exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct will have points deducted from that category on their score sheets.

      34. At the Shelby County Junior Fair Dog Show, in an obedience class with competition, a member may show in the same B level class a maximum of three years unless s/he is the class winner at either the county or state show; in an obedience class without competition, a member may stay in the same B level class for a maximum of three years.

      35. Utility B – May repeat this class with same dog regardless of winning.

      36. Awards: A and B ribbons and premiums will be awarded in obedience and showmanship classes and for entries in the dog poster contest. Trophies and awards will be presented to winners of obedience and showmanship classes, to the high point obedience exhibitor, and to the high point exhibitor.

      CLASS: 168 DOG


      A. Beginner Novice A

      J. Graduate Open A

      B. Beginner Novice B

      K. Graduate Open B

      C. Pre-Novice

      L. Brace

      D. Novice A

      M. Showmanship A Junior 8-11

      E. Novice B

      O. Showmanship B Junior, 8-11

      F. Graduate Novice A

      P. Showmanship A Intermediate, 12-14

      G. Graduate Novice B

      Q. Showmanship A Senior, 15-18

      H. Open A

      R. Showmanship B Senior, 15-18

      I. Open B


      Entries due to OSU Extension Shelby County by 4:30 p.m. June 16.


      1. To visually demonstrate 4-H and FFA dog project knowledge.

      2. To stimulate an interest in 4-H and FFA dog projects.

      3. To demonstrate to others the diversity of the 4-H and FFA dog projects.


      1. Any youth properly enrolled in any dog project by May 1 may enter a poster.

      2. Age divisions will be as follows: Junior (ages 8-11), Intermediate (ages 12-14), and Senior (ages 15-18). All ages are as of January 1 of the current year.

      3. Each poster must be made by the 4-H or FFA member.

      • Posters must be made using size 22” x 28” poster board, displayed horizontally. Poster boards are not to be mounted on any type of stiff backing. Shadow boxes, overlays, or three-dimensional posters are not permitted. Posters do not need to be laminated or covered with a thin plastic material.

      4. Each poster must be clearly labeled in the lower right hand corner with the exhibitor’s name, county, and age as of January 1 of the current year.

      5. Posters will be judged on Educational Content (50 pts.), Neatness/Appearance (30 pts.), and Originality (20 pts.).

      6. Only posters that meet all entry requirements will be eligible for an A ribbon and premium.

      7. Posters must be submitted to the Extension Office by 4:30 p.m. June 16. Official State Fair entry forms, signed by members and parents as required, must be submitted with any poster the member wants to enter in the State Fair dog poster contest. Those posters accompanied by a State Fair entry and earning an A ribbon and premium in the Shelby County Junior Fair judging will be packaged and shipped to the State Fair on or before the entry deadline.

      8. First place winners in each age division can exhibit every year provided the age requirements are met.

      9. All poster entries will receive A or B ribbons and premiums. 1st- 3rd place winners in each age division will receive additional ribbons. Posters (or photographs of posters entered in the State Fair) will be displayed in the Booth Building during the Shelby County Junior Fair.



      A. Junior, 8-11

      B. Intermediate, 12-14

      C. Senior, 15-18