If you are interested in learning more about the Krazy for K9s 4-H Dog Training Club, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call adult leader Brenda Shaver at 703-904-6990. Members may join at any time during the year after attending an orientation session. Please contact us to learn more. If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations to participate in these activities, please contact adult leader Brenda Shaver to discuss these accommodations.
Krazy for K9s 4-H Dog Training Club is open to youth ages 9 to 19 years who are interested in strengthening the bond with their dogs and learning about dog sports. There is no fee to belong or join the club. To participate in the dog training classes, members must own or have frequent opportunities to work with a friendly dog that they are able to control on a leash, harness or head halter. We hold regular classes to practice basic dog obedience, rally, agility, canine musical freestyle (dancing with your dog), and junior showmanship using positive training techniques. We also have some projects for 4-Hers interested in learning about dogs and dog care but who do not have a dog.
Our club meets weekly to work at their own pace and enjoy the company of other youth who share their interest in dogs. Training takes place at Frying Pan Farm Park in outdoor fenced training areas or in an equestrian barn. Occasionally we also practice in the obedience training room in a veterinary clinic. Opportunities are provided throughout the year to compete in 4-H matches with other dog training clubs in the region and state, including at the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Frying Pan Farm Park Show held annually the first weekend of August, and also the annual 4-H Virginia State Dog Show held each September.
Leadership skills are fostered through regular business meetings, opportunities to superintend matches as well as organize club activities and represent the group at county, district, and state events. Members participate in occasional fundraising events to help cover costs of club activities such as operating a photo booth for dogs during a local pet festival or selling dog treats.
Krazy for K9s is committed to serving the community. We are always ready to volunteer in support of Frying Pan Farm Park. At Park events, our club has helped by offering dog training demonstrations, pony rides and holiday shopping. For the past several years, on Martin Luther King Day, the club has organized a project for Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together Day where members instruct and assist other youth and their families in making dog toys donated to local rescue organizations. Several times a year, club members visit Tall Oaks Assisted Living Residence in Reston, Virginia with their dogs.
Further, Krazy for K9s 4-H Dog Training Club actively supports the Virginia 4-H Dog Advisory Council, a state-wide body to support the betterment of 4-H dog training programming.
With a direct connection to research at Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, 4-H is the first experience many young people have with higher education. 4-H is characterized as being community-centered, volunteer-led, Extension-staff supervised, research-based, home- and family-oriented, publicly and privately funded, and responsive to change. For more information, please contact our local Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia 4-H, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.