PUTNAM COUTNY — 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
their first meeting at 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Pizza Hut in
Ottawa. All Putnam County youth, ages eight years old or in the third
grade through eighteen years old are eligible to join.
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.”
‘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 the health and nutrition for dogs.
For more information you may contact Dunlap at 419-203-9444 or call the Putnam County Extension office at 419-523-6294.