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Who let the dogs out?!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Here, Timothy Martin and some of the other students in the 4-H dog project are seen with residents of Christian Care Center of Bedford County.
(Submitted photo)
My area of focus in 4-H is the dog project. I have learned many important skills, like perseverance, trust, and well ... how to train your dog.

Every week, we are assigned a trick to teach our dogs after our teacher, Heather Miller, demonstrates how to do it. My old dog Smokey learned lots of tricks like, how to sit, stay, come, lie, heel, kiss, beg, jump and more. He won several first place blue ribbons in the Bedford County dog show.

My new dog, Ranger, participated in a show at the local nursing home-which put a smile on the residents' faces. In the dog project, you also get to meet new friends, and we have a lot of fun helping each other out. Often, it is very challenging and you may feel like giving up; however, we learn to trust our dogs and they always pull through.

When we really don't know what to do, out teacher helps us out. Heather is always nice and is constantly encouraging us and helping us with everything. Overall, I have had a lot of fun and look forward to continuing in this program. 4-H dog project is the best.

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