Dog Project


Please click the link below for the instructions for the Texas 4-H Dog Validation Process.

State Dog Validation Instructions

2023_Dog Show Rules

Texas 4-H Dog Show will be held on July 6-8, 2023 at the Walker County Fairgrounds in Huntsville, Texas.  To be eligible for this show, dogs must be validated by January 10, 2023 in 4-H Online.  Attached are detailed written instructions.   Video instructions are also available at if that is more convenient.  There is one difference this year, dogs validated last year will show up in the previously registered animals.  Please go through and update them.  The 2023 Texas 4-H Dog Show Rule Book is also attached and will be posted soon.


We strongly encourage members to validate their dogs even if they are not sure they will be participating in the Texas 4-H Dog Show.  Completing the FREE validation process before January 10th will give them until entries are due in May to make a final decision.


There will be a couple of opportunities to practice with your dog whether you validated or not.

Montgomery County 4-H Dog Show will be February 4, 2023 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas

Brazos County 4-H Dog Show is normally in February

Tarrant County 4-H Dog Show will be April 1st in Fort Worth.

Wise County 4-H Dog Show was held in June last year.

I will be publicizing these shows as I get the flyers and registration forms for them.

If your county is planning to host a dog show, please let us know so we can help you publicize it.


As 4-H members complete their validation, here are some things to keep in mind:

For purebred dogs (they do not have to be registered, just look purebred) you will select the correct Group and type in the breed of the dog in the box that says Breeder.


For mixed breed dogs you will select the Weight Group of the dog and list the dominant breed along with the word “Mix” or list the two breeds if known.  (Example: Border Collie Mix or Mastiff/Great Dane.)


Photos of the left and right side of the dog should be a side view of the whole dog. Get on the dog’s level so they do not turn into top views.  They should also be clear and light enough we can see all markings and color of the dog.   The dog should only be wearing a collar.  No sweaters, costumes, rain gear or anything that covers the dog’s color and markings.


Dogs MUST be validated each year.  If you validated a dog last year, the information and photos will be in the system, but you must still review and SUBMIT to validate for the 2022-2023 4-H year.  Please update the photos if the dog has changed significantly since last year.


We do encourage you to validate any dogs that you are eligible to show.  Situations may change through the year.


When we send reminders directly to 4-H members enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project, we will tell them “DO NOT to wait until the last day to complete your validation.  It will be difficult for your County Extension Office to help you at 4:45 p.m. on the last day.  If you are having trouble with 4-H Online, contact your local County Extension office.  “


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