By Toni Stauffer
The Russell County 4-H Extension Office is hosting a Dog Club for youth from nine to 18 years old. Once a month until December, starting Jan. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET, the club will meet at the Russell County Extension Office at 508 14th Street in Phenix City. There will be a lot of fun activities, special guests from the community, as well as an exciting trip to an AKC dog show in Columbus. This is a fun way to learn all about man’s best friend.
Having a dog is not a requirement to be a club member; however, if you do have a dog, they must pass veterinarian requirements before they can visit the club—those requirements will be discussed at the first meeting. The Extension Office is asking that attendees please don’t bring any animals to the first meeting.
The dog club is part of an effort by the Extension to offer a wide-range of programs to appeal to the interest of Russell County youth.
“We just finished a year of Horse Club and wanted to offer another animal science short-term club,” 4-H Foundation Regional Agent Geni Payne said. “Dogs are an interest that a lot of students listed on their enrollment forms.”
“We will be learning about dog breeds and anatomy, basic obedience, health and care, careers working with dogs, and much more,” Payne said. “We will have several field trips, one will be to the Columbus Kennel Club Dog Show. The 4-H members will also get a chance to bring their own dogs to dog club twice during the year to learn training techniques.”
“This club is a great way for youth who just love dogs to learn more about them, train their own, and maybe get inspired by a career they see,” Payne added.
For more information, contact Russell County Extension Coordinator Jennifer Davidson, or 4-H Foundation Regional Agent Geni Payne at (334) 298-6845.