Dear 4-H Members and Families,
We hope things are going well for you in this holiday season. First and foremost, if you have not re-enrolled for the 2023-2024 4-H year, you will need to complete that process before you can validate your dog(s). texas.4honline.com/#/user/sign-in
Texas 4-H Dog Show will be held on July 11-13, 2024 at the Walker County Fairgrounds in Huntsville, Texas. To be eligible for this show, dogs must be validated by January 10, 2024 in 4-H Online. Below are links with detailed written instructions. Video instructions are also available at https://youtu.be/3NzoIjK9Pco if that is more convenient. 2024 Texas 4-H Dog Show Rule Book is also attached and will be posted https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/dog-care-training/ 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 3, 2024 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas
Brazos County 4-H Dog Show is February 17, 2024 at Louis Pearce Pavilion
Tarrant County 4-H Dog Show has been in April
Wise County is has historically been done in June.
We will send details of each of these as soon as we have 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 list the breed.
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 2023-2024 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.
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.
Michelle Mihalek, MEd
County Extension Agent – 4-H Youth Development
Montgomery County | Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
9020 Airport Rd. | Conroe, Texas 77303
P: (936) 539 – 7823 | F: (936) 788-8394