The Sequoyah County Dog 4-H Club, which has been shut down for several years, is getting a new “leash” on life as the group re-forms. Its first meeting is at 5 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Sallisaw City Fairgrounds.
Organizer Cherokee McDaniels said Tuesday that food and drinks will be provided at the meeting. She also pointed out that the group is all about teaching youngsters about dog handling, as well as providing a safe place for kids to learn something they can use throughout their lives.
The group is not just for show or purebred dogs only, McDaniels said. If someone has a goal with a dog that they would like to do or try, come to a meeting! If they just want to be a better pet owner/handler or if they are interested in showing dogs and want to see what that is like, everyone is welcome to attend.
“We like to leave the door open for kids that think they want to get into something, let it be showing, eventing, fun or maybe seeking something for their future career,” McDaniels said. The event will provide a free, fun time for all, she said.
The club is perfect for students, McDaniels said, and the only requirement is that the student reside in Sequoyah County. “Whether they’re in school or home-schooled, they can join in,” she said.
At the first meeting, attendees are asked to leave their canines at home, but dogs are welcome to attend each subsequent session, which will be held about every other week. McDaniels said that even if you don’t have a dog you can still attend the meetings, because there will be plenty of animals to work with.
For more information, contact McDaniels at (918) 774-4249 or visit the group’s Facebook page.
Among the most popular events group members can get help with are showmanship, agility, rally obedience, scent work, hunting, herding, dock diving, barn hunting, lure coursing and weight-pulling.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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