10-13 years

Type of Animal


Animals Diet


Dogs are loyal and affectionate domestic animals known for their close bond with humans. They come in various breeds, each with unique characteristics and temperaments, making them suitable companions for people of all ages.


Baby = Puppy

Young intact male = Dog

Mature intact male = Stud dog

Castrated male = Dog

Young female = Bitch

Mature female = Bitch

Group called = Pack

Where in the world can this animal be found in the wild? What is its habitat like?

Dogs' wild ancestors, such as wolves and wild canids, are found in various habitats worldwide, including forests, grasslands, mountains, and deserts. Their natural habitats typically provide ample cover for hunting, denning, and social interactions with pack members.

How many breeds of this animal are there?


What is this animal's purpose?

Dogs make great pets because they always stick by your side and show lots of love, making people happy and giving them emotional comfort. They are also loyal protectors and fun playmates, helping families become closer. Besides being pets, dogs are also helpful workers. They can do many jobs like finding missing people, guiding blind people, helping police, and herding farm animals. Dogs are smart, easy to train, and can do many different tasks.

Give a brief overview of the animal's history in the United States.

Dogs have a long history in the United States, dating back to the early colonial times when European settlers brought their canine companions with them. Over the years, dogs served various roles, including hunting, herding, and guarding properties. Today, dogs are cherished as beloved pets, and they continue to play important roles in various aspects of American society, such as search and rescue, therapy, and law enforcement.

Benefits of Working with Dogs

Dogs have been shown to decrease blood pressure, increase, endorphins, and overall mood elevation. While working with the dogs, people it’s possible to reach a wide variety of public to teach them proper dog care and to teach kids safety with dogs. Pet therapy is another activity that is sometimes done with dogs, bringing comfort and stress relief to visitors.

Fun Facts!

  • While working with their dogs, 4-H members can do acts of community service such as providing pet therapy
  • Members can also teach others about service dogs, and how dogs have been used to help other people and things such as nose-work, protection, or competition

Become a 4-H Member

If you are interested in joining 4-H, visit, or fill out our Plymouth County 4-H interest form.

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