4-H

Dog owners learn from 4-H program

By Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor, and Chris Maupin

Greetings from the 4-H Extension office!

Youth and adults along with their favorite dog joined the dog obedience training series recently offered by Christy Zoss and Sanborn County 4-H. Participants met each week to work on basic obedience such as heel, sit and stay. Dogs ranged in age from 10 weeks old on up to senior dogs. 

The bond between human and dog is always one that amazes me! I got a new puppy last fall and knew that dog obedience was going to be a must. Luckily, my daughter Kaycee volunteered to show “Hazel” this past summer in 4-H. Throughout their experiences, we have learned quite a bit about training dogs. A head strong dog and kid make quite the pair! Last winter I read a book called “How to raise the perfect dog” by Cesar Millan. I had seen the show on TV, and I was intrigued. It is a good read and I recommend it for anyone who is thinking about getting a dog or is recently starting out with one. Consistent messaging from the handler is invaluable. This is especially seen when you have a family dog. All members of the family should be able to have their dog perform the basic commands. 

Our own local dog whisperer, Christy Zoss, shared her insights, tips and tricks throughout the five-week series. Christy owns her own pet grooming business near Forestburg. Participants from Jerauld and Sanborn counties saw marked improvement in their dog’s behavior. Again, that consistent messaging rings true! 

The 4-H dog project encompasses different components beyond obedience such as agility where a dog moves through an obstacle course. Rally which combines fast paced agility with obedience. And lastly, showmanship where you and your dog work as a team, showing that you are composed, and in control always. If you are interested in learning more, contact the Extension office.

We look forward to 2021 and having another dog training series with Christy. Thank you to all who attended and keep up the practice with your hound. Thank you to Christy Zoss for sharing her time with us!

…See photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

The Town ‘N Kountry Kids Red Crew 4-H Club met on Nov. 12 at the Woonsocket Community Center.

Prior to the meeting, club members participated in a number of activities.  American Education Week gifts and cards for the teachers and staff were prepared. Sponsor thank you’s were signed, and Thanksgiving cards with greetings to our elderly friends were written. A kitchen appliance identification activity was completed. Recreation Officer Trevor led a game of “Stand Up/Sit Down.” Snacks were served by the Hansen family and Leader Paula Linke.

The meeting was called to order by Acting President Dilyn Brooks.  The Flag Pledge was led by Ty Burkel, and the 4-H Pledge was led by Danielle Brooks. 

Roll call was led by Avery Miller with the topic, “My Favorite Food for Thanksgiving” which was answered by 25 members. The club welcomed new 4-H members from the Hansen family: Mary Catherine, Samuel, Paul and Cecilia.

A health and safety report was given by George on the importance of drinking water and by Ty on how to wash your hands well.

The secretary’s report was read by Co-Secretary Emily Ohlrogge and approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given by Co-Treasurer Bailey Feistner and approved as read.

A report on the Recognition Event was given by Lane Burkel and Gavin Scofield.  

A public presentation drawing was held to award two $25 cash prizes to members who got their talk or demonstration done early. Any 4-H member who completed a talk or demonstration at a club meeting by the end of March, or did a county level public presentation, was entered in the drawing to win one of two $25 cash prizes. The winners were Alex Anderson and Avery Miller.

2020-2021 Club Officers were selected as follows: Co-President – Xavier Baysinger and Megan Linke, Co-Vice President – Emily Ohlrogge and Dilyn Brooks, Co-Secretary – Bailey Feistner and Acaiya Schultz, Co-Treasurer – Lane Burkel and Mary Catherine Hansen, Co-Recreation – Avery Miller and Trevor Johnson, Co-Character – Hope Baysinger and Isaiah Schultz, and Co-Health/Safety – Ty Burkel and George Broer.  

Members talked about setting individual goals and working on awards. They are planning a project day and a fun day.

The club discussed working with and promoting a winter coat collection drive with the SCW FFA Chapter. There are collection boxes at the Courthouse and at Woony Foods, as well as at the schools. The club is asking for donations of new or gently used coats that will be given to kids in need at the school. 

For the Christmas Caring project, club members want to do something for the nursing home residents, and discussed various options including suggestions of a three wishes project, giving socks, and doing a live or recorded Zoom call with the residents. A committee was appointed to decide on a project and organize a plan.  Committee members are Emily, Dilyn, Trevor, Mary Catherine, Samuel, Lane and Kolby Lindsey.

The next 4-H meeting will be scheduled in December. 

…See photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Alexis Kelly was chosen by the shooting sports coaches to receive the 2020 Shooting Sports Sportsman of the Year Award.

As the 2019-2020 4-H year comes to an end and a new one begins, Sanborn County 4-H annually holds two events to acknowledge the 4-Hers many achievements, the Recognition Event and Shooting Sports Award Night. Due to the current COVID situation, it was decided to combine the two events and make some changes this year in honoring the youth. 4-Hers were invited to the 4-H Building in Forestburg on Sunday, Nov. 8, at staggered times starting at 4 p.m. to pick up their awards, record books and premium money. A green backdrop was set up allowing the 4-Hers to take pictures with their awards.

…See all the results in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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