Two 4-H youth from Beltrami County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Dog show held Sept. 21-22. In total, 328 youth and 427 dogs from across the state participated in this annual event at the Minnesota State Fair.

Over the two-day event, 4-H’ers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in agility, obedience, showmanship, and rally, competing against other youth in their age group and experience level, a release said.

Members of the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project learn to train and build a trusting relationship with their pet. Topics of study include canine behavior, breed characteristics, diseases, ethics, grooming, health, nutrition, responsible breeding, service dogs, therapy dogs, dog-related careers, and the wide array of dog sports, the release said.

The following youth were members of the Beltrami County delegation:

Love Mailhot, showing her dog Lila in agility and showmanship.

Kate Parthun, showing her dog Gracie in obedience, showmanship and rally, and earning reserve champion in advanced rally.

To learn more about the 4-H Dog Project, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Ann Marie Ward, at wardt001@umn.edu and visit the website, https://extension.umn.edu/projects-and-more/4-h-dog-project