Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Civitas Media
Syla Raynes of Vermilion starts to walk Scout through the rally dog ring for judging.
Canines and their owners anxiously waited Monday for their numbers to be called to enter the ring and test their skills at the Lorain County Fair.
The 4-H’ers showed their dogs in obedience, grooming and handling, and rally judging.
The obedience class focused on dogs’ knowledge and willingness to listen to basic commands such as sit, lay, heal, and stay.
Each 4-H member in the grooming and handling class is tested along with their dog.
The members are tested on their knowledge of their canine and in the class they are judged on how well they can handle and present the dog to the judge.
The rally class has different signs and markers inside the ring that gives the showman the next command to follow such as forward, stop, or sit.
In each class the judge critiques the handler and dog on their teamwork, control, giving additional commands, barking, jumping, and the pace of the dog.
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