K-State Research and Extension News
September 21, 2012
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4-H to Offer Dog Lover’s Weekend


JUNCTION City, Kan.The 2012 edition of the Kansas 4-H Dog Conference is scheduled Oct. 20-21 at Rock Springs 4-H Center, which is located south and west of Junction City.

This year’s theme is “Taking a Paws for Health.” Dog owners  and their pets are welcome, said Jim Adams, K-State Research and Extension 4-H youth development specialist and liaison to the 4-H Dog Care and Training Action Team. The team is organizing the conference.

The two-day event is intended to help 4-H members and families who are either enrolled in the dog project or considering it to learn more about caring for a dog, animal health, and teaching a dog to be a good citizen.

The agenda includes a general assembly, during which Deb Sellers, K-State Research and Extension specialist on adult development and aging, will share insight about “Canine Companions for Independence: Help is a Four-Legged Word.”

Conference sessions cover a variety of topics, including:

* Caring for Older Dogs;

* Agility Tips;

* Making Healthy Dog Treats and Toys  

* Canine Good Citizen Testing for Dogs.

Conference activities also include a dog jog; dog costume contest; talent show; campfire with S’Mores, and a Quiz Bowl, Adams said.

The cost to attend is $65 per person, plus $5 per dog, and includes conference materials, meals, and lodging. An optional T-shirt or hoodie may also be ordered.   

For registration or more information, go to Kansas 4-H. Deadline for registration is Oct. 1.

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K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Nancy Peterson
nancyp@ksu.edu
K-State Research & Extension News

Jim Adams is at 785-532-5800 or jadams@ksu.edu