Maine 4-H Dog Camp

A second 2017 4-H Dog Camp will be held on June 10, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at University of Maine Cooperative Extension Washington County Office, 28 Center Street, Machias, ME. 4-H members age 9 – 18 can participate with a chaperon; however, 4-H members ages 5 to 8 must come with chaperone (as they cannot own a 4-H project dog as Cloverbuds). Please register for this event by June 1, 2017 by calling Sandy or Tara at 207.255.3345 or 800.287.1542 (in Maine). Be sure to register. Be sure your Proof of Vaccination Record is up to date as you must have it to participate on June 10. Be sure to check your packing list. See below. We look forward to seeing you there.


All participants in Dog Camp must complete and submit Maine 4-H Proof of Vaccinations for Dogs.

Packing List for Dog Camp

2017 Maine 4-H Dog Camp at Machias Schedule

10:00 AM — Arrive and walk your dog
10:00 to 10:15 AM — Sign in at Dog Camp, show your Proof of Vaccination, and your 4-H dog project record
10:15 to 10:30 AM — Introductions & Camp Rules
10:30 to 11:15 AM — Crafts (related to dogs)
11:15 to 11:45 AM — Several Areas touched on; split into groups to learn 1 of 3 things: Showing, Obedience, or very low Agility
11:45 AM to Noon — Water your dogs, put your dogs away and get ready for lunch
Noon to 12:45 PM — Lunch ‘n Learn with a Game to learn about non-sporting dogs (Lunch for everyone is generously provided by a 4-H club)
12:45 to 1:45 PM — Split into the same 3 Groups: Rotate for 30 minutes in the two other sections you haven’t completed: Showing, Obedience, or very low Agility 
1:45 to 2:00 PM — Break to water dogs and put them in crates
2:00 to 2:30 PM — Speaker with photos or possibly a live demonstration about non-sporting dogs and how they may protect you
2:30 to 2:45 PM — Dogs and their medical needs.
2:45 to 3:00 PM — Certificates and treats to conclude the day.
3:00 PM — Head home

Frequently Asked Maine 4-H Days Dog Camp Questions

Q: How many dogs may I bring, how old do they have to be and can I participate without a dog?

A: Participants may bring up to two of their own 4-H project dogs that they have trained, as long as the dogs are non-aggressive and each can be handled individually by the 4-H’er. The dog’s age is not a factor in most workshops and dogs are not necessary for all of the workshops. Usually about half of the activities are hands-on with dogs, and the other half are not. No aggressive dogs will be allowed to participate at camp; and dogs exhibiting signs of aggression towards anyone may be asked to leave the activity or camp for the safety of all.

Q: If my dog is well-behaved can it be off-leash during camp?

A: All dogs must be on-leash at all times.

Q: Who can participate in Dog Camp?

A: 4-H members age 9 – 18 can participate.

Q: What are some workshops that we have had at Dog Camp in the past?

A: Some of the events that we have had in the past are agility, rally-obedience, basic obedience, multi-level showmanship, tracking, Bach Flower Remedies, dog rescues, first aid, flyball, freestyle canine dancing and many more.  We also offer dog themed crafts and games.

Q: What type of supervision is required?

A: All participants must have a chaperone.

Dog Camp

4-Hers at Dog Camp

4-Hers receiving information at Dog Camp

4-Hers with dogs at Dog Camp

Dog at Dog Camp

4-Hers watching the demonstrations at Dog Camp

Dog learning to walk across a plank at Dog Camp

4-Her with her howling dog