Wiggles and Wags

Grades 3-5

I Wiggles and Wags, youth learn basic skills for dog care and training. Activities include knowing breeds, selecting a dog, knowing the parts of a dog, keeping a dog healthy and groomed, training and much more.

Youth learn many things, including how to: 

  • Investigate breeds
  • Appreciate dogs’ places and roles in society
  • Practice grooming, fitting, showing and training
  • Care for dogs
  • Explore dog-related careers and activities

Chapter 1: Selection and Care

Famous Dogs

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Caring for Animals

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Aren't New Puppies Wonderful

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Drawing Activity

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Are You Ready for a Dog?

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Before You Buy a Dog

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The Right Dog for You

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AKC Breeds

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Find a Dog to Match Your Lifestyle

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Purebred vs. Mixed Breed Dogs

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The Mixed Breed Dog

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Responsible Dog Owner Tip Sheet

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True False Quiz Dog Ownership

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What Does Your New Dog Need?

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Checklist for Bringing Home a Puppy

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My Favorite Breed

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Seven Groups

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What Kind of Dog is Heidi?

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Who is That Dog?

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Chapter 2: Health and Nutrition

Dog Food Ingredients and Nutrition

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Nutrition and Feeding Dogs

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Canine Distemper AVMA

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Canine Parvovirus

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External Parasites

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Vaccinating Your Dog

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Heartworm

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Rabies

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Recipe Card Dog Food

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Chapter 3: Behavior and Training

Housebreaking a Puppy

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Crate Training a Puppy

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Children and Dog Safety

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Pet Loss

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Bite Prevention

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Talking Dog Body Language

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Euthanasia

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Checklist for Kids

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Safety Around Dogs

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How to Greet a Dog

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Megan Meets Mastiff

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Dog Training Tips

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Hidden Picture Activity

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Chapter 4: Fitting and Showing

An Overview of Grooming

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A Grooming Primer

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Grooming Your Dog

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Terminology

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Canine Connection

Grades 6-8

In Canine Connection, youth explore more about dog health, nutrition, and care, genetic problems, population control, showmanship, training, ethics and budgeting.

Youth learn many things, including how to: 

  • Investigate breeds
  • Appreciate dogs’ places and roles in society
  • Practice grooming, fitting, showing and training
  • Care for dogs
  • Explore dog-related careers and activities

Chapter 1: Selection and Care

American Kennel Club for Purebred Dogs

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Traveling with Your Pet

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Boarding Your Pet

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Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFFA)

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Canine Eye Registration Foundation

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Canine Genetic Desease Network

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Where Did That Giant Dog Breed Come From?

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Budgeting

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Cost of Pet Ownership

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Definitions of Genetic Disorders

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Chapter 2: Health and Nutrition

Dog Nutrition

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The Veterinary Care Team

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A Career in Veterinary Technology

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External Parasites

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Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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Pet Safety: Leaving a Dog Home Alone

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Taking Bailey to the Veterinarian

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Chapter 3: Behavior and Training

Dog Behavior

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Teaching Tricks

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United States Dog Agility Association

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All Star Performance Dog Association

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Chapter 4: Fitting and Showing

About Dog Shows

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Junior Showmanship

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Decision Making Activity

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Leading the Pack

Grades 9-12

In Leading the Pack, experienced youth investigate responsible breeding, diseases, caring for geriatric dogs, training, service dogs, dog roles and careers related to dogs. This guide provides youth with numerous leadership opportunities.

Youth learn many things, including how to: 

  • Organize events
  • Investigate complicated issues
  • Give presentations
  • Make decisions
  • Teach others

Chapter 1: Health and Care

First Aid and Emergency Care for Dogs

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Diseases and Organ Systems

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Making a Difference: Being a Responsible Dog Breeder

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The Senior Dogs Project

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Emergency Care

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Breeding

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Chapter 2: Behavior and Training

Puppy Training Basics

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The Seeing Eye

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Guide Dogs for the Blind

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Canine Good Citizen Test

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Canine Good Citizen Evaluators

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Stages of Puppy Development

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Chapter 3: Dogs and Society

Dogs in Our Community

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Assistance Dogs International

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American Dog Trainers Network

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Dog Bite Law

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Overview of State Leash Law

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Information on Renting with a Dog or Cat

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Pet Food Labeling Law

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Pet Food Labeling Requirement

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Zoonic Disease

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Chapter 4: Showing Leadership

Dog Activities

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Dog Agility

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Flyball

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Euthanasia

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Helper's Guide

As you work with young people, it is important to take into account where they are in their stage of development. Not all people develop in the same way at the same age. But there are certain patterns within youth development that are commonly expressed by most youth. Understanding these characteristics will help you better reach and teach your audience.

Basic Life Skills Development

As a helper for the dog project, one of your primary goals is to help youth gain knowledge about dogs. However, it is equally important to emphasize the learning of “life skills.” These skills transfer beyond the actual activity. Life skills are critical in helping young people become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. The Targeting Life Skills (TLS) Model (Hendricks, 1996), identifies and divides the major life skills targeted in 4‑H youth development by the four H’s from the 4‑H clover that represent Head, Heart, Hands and Health. These four are further divided into categories and then into specific life skills as shown.

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Wiggles and Wags

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Canine Connection

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Leading the Pack

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Chapter 1: Teaching and Learning Experientially

Association of Pet Dog Trainers

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Project Brochure

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Training Terrific Dogs

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Chapter 2: Serving Others

Dog Adoption

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Visiting Pets and Animal Assisted Therapy

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Delta Society

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Pet Pals

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Therapy Dogs Internatiional

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TDI Inc.

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Pet Partners

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Chapter 3: Training and Obedience

Dog Training Tools

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Beginning Training

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Advanced Dog Training Exercises

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Dog Pyramid Challenge

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Dog Glossary Games

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