Mekennah Thompson with her dog Bella, Brandon Cox with his dog Daisy and Renee Kramer with her dog Murphy are shown having their dogs judged during the 2013 Putnam County Fair. (Photo submitted)
Mekennah Thompson with her dog Bella, Brandon Cox with his dog Daisy and Renee Kramer with her dog Murphy are shown having their dogs judged during the 2013 Putnam County Fair. (Photo submitted)

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.

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 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.