Fran Hellman showing her dog, Joy.

Fran Hellman showing her dog, Joy.

4-H members show dogs at Dutchess County Fair.
Image by Jane Rodd

Youth show their dogs in a 4-H Dog Show at the Dutchess County Fair.

Youth show their dogs at the Orange County 4-H Showcase.
Image by Lisa Marie Hintze

4-H members show their dogs at the Orange County 4-H Showcase.


4-H Dog Handling and Showmanship

  • Saturday, October 3, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 10, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 17, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 31, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Looking for a fun activity to do with your dog? Learn how to show your dog for 4-H and American Kennel Club (AKC) competitions!

During this 5-session series, youth will:

  • Enhance their knowledge of dog behavior and training
  • Learn show procedures, rules, and etiquette as a dog handler
  • Learn how to gait their dog in the show ring
  • Learn how to hand stack, free stack, and show their dog’s teeth

Who: Youth ages 8-18. For youth safety, parents/guardians must be present. Please, no dogs for the introductory session on October 3rd.

Make sure to join us in costume on October 31st!

About the Presenter:

Fran Hellman is a certified professional dog trainer and the owner of Four Paws Guidance Dog Training. Fran teaches breed handling group training classes, as well as private lessons. She has shown several dogs to their championships. You can find out more about Fran by visiting her website,

About Dog Showmanship:

New York State 4-H and the American Kennel Club (AKC) offer opportunities for youth to show their dog handling skills, which can help youth develop life-long skills including responsibility, patience, sportsmanship, and self-confidence. The 4-H showmanship competitions focus on the handler, not on the dog’s conformation or purebred status, so rescued dogs and mixed breeds are welcome (with restrictions). To learn more, go to the NYS4-H Dog Program website or visit the AKC Junior Showmanship website.

COVID-19 Guidelines:

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and commonly include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Older adults may show confusion or disorientation and experience falls.

General Guidelines

  • Stay home when you are sick with any of the above symptoms
  • Stay home if you have come into contact with anyone suspected to have COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For the Program:

  • Individual adults and a parent or guardian of each child must answer health screening questions upon arrival for each session
  • A parent or guardian must sign the “Acknowledgment of Risk Form” for each child, along with other 4-H Enrollment Forms
  • Masks, made and fitted in accordance with NYS regulations, must be worn by every person present at all times
  • A minimum distance of 6 feet must always be maintained
  • Hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol by volume will be readily available, but participants may want to bring their own


$75. Financial assistance is available for those with demonstrated need.

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CCE Rockland Education Center
10 Patriot Hills Drive
Stony Point, New York 10980

Last updated September 14, 2020