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Dog obedience class

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Dog Obedience

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County’s 4-H Program is offering dog obedience classes for youth

  1. Howard Classes: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 5 p.m. at Howard Community Building,in the basement, Exit 35 off I-86, Hopkins Road.
  2. Bath Classes: Hillside Children’s Center, 7320 Snell Hill Road, Bath. November 7 and 21 at 6:00 p.m.. Follow class updates on the Steuben County Canines FB page

For more information on dates and locations contact Kim at or 607-664-2571.

Youth participants age 5-18 years old as of January 1, 2020 must be enrolled in the Steuben County 4-H Program. Youth ages 5-7 years old must have an experienced adult on the lead at all times. Non-4-H members may take the course by enrolling as an independent 4-H member. You can enroll as a 4-H member by paying the $10.00 enrollment fee and completing the 4-H enrollment form, code of conduct form, acknowledgement of risk form and permission/medical release form which can be found at Members must be reenrolled by December 13, 2019 and new 4-H members must be enrolled by May 1, 2020 to be eligible to enter your dog or other projects in the 4-H division of the 2020 Steuben County Fair. Participants should be prepared to clean up after their dog as necessary.

Those 4-H members and dogs attending the NYS 4-H Dog Show must participate in the Steuben County Fair Dog Show. Please note the NYS 4-H Dog Show will be at the NYS Fairgrounds in the Coliseum. For 2020 the NYS Dog Show will continue to be a ONE Day show for all classes (Grooming and Handling, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Brace)

All dogs must conform to the rules and regulations of the Livestock Health requirements as determined by the Department of Agriculture and Markets. Dogs must have current vaccinations for rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis (as appropriate for their age). It is highly recommended to also have your dog vaccinated for Bordetella and parainfluenza virus. Participants should consult their veterinarian for further information about these vaccines as well as internal and external parasite control programs. Participating members need to provide a COPY of current vaccinations at the first class or they can be faxed to 607-776-9103. Acceptable proof of Rabies vaccination is a rabies certificate or a copy of the dog license that contains the rabies vaccination information. Acceptable proof of Rabies vaccination must include the signature of the veterinarian, the name of the product used, the date of administration and the duration of immunity. Dogs must be at least six months old to be exhibited at the Steuben County Fair or the NYS Fair.

This is a great opportunity to have fun with your dog and learn about being a responsible dog owner. The more well behaved your dog is, the more it is appreciated by family, friends and neighbors. If you are interested in more information about dog obedience contact Kim Randall at Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2571 or email her at


You can enroll as a 4-H member by paying the $10.00 enrollment fee and completing the 4-H enrollment form, code of conduct form, acknowledgement of risk form, youth photo release form, and permission/medical release form which can be found at


Current state policy and insurance does restrict which breeds we can allow to participate in our program. Please contact the 4-H office if you would like to participate in our 4-H dog obedience program!

Any aggressive dog(s) will not be allowed to participate in the program and will be asked to leave class immediately. 


Kim Randall
4-H/Youth Development

Last updated December 19, 2019