(Discover the Home)
By Adele Nolan
You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.
Preschool: Do three requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* What are male and female dogs called? What are the babies called? What are young dogs called? What is a group of dogs called?
_____2.* Learn how to properly behave around dogs and how to hold a puppy or small dog so that neither you, nor the dog, gets hurt.
Level 1: Do four requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Preschool requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Be able to identify three different breeds of dogs. Be able to identify at least five different points of their anatomy.
Level 2: Do five requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2. Identify at least five different breeds of dog.
_____2.* Learn about the life cycle of dog. How long do they live? How many babies do they normally have? Why do smaller dogs tend to live longer than bigger ones?
Level 3: Do six requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2. Identify at least ten different breeds of dog.
_____2.* Describe at least three different dog diseases, their symptoms, and their treatment.
Level 4: Do seven requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2. Identify at least fifteen breeds of dog.
_____2.* Learn how to properly groom a dog. Know how to trim their nails, clean their scent glands, and check their ears and fur. Know how to prevent fleas and ticks, or how to get rid of them if your dog has them.
Level 5: Do nine requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____3. Learn about the history of dog breeding. Choose three dogs and find out what they were specifically bred to do. What health issues has certain breeding produced?
_____4. Know what type of food a dog needs. How much should a dog be fed every day, and how often? Explore the benefits of hard and wet food.
_____5. Understand how a dog should be housed. How can you keep it safe from predators? How is it kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer?
_____6. Visit someone who raises dogs and learn about how they care for them.
_____7. Visit your state or county dog shelter; see how dogs come to be there, and volunteer if possible.
_____8. Attend a dog show or watch one on television.
_____9. Know the difference between the following dog types: Hound, Terrier, Shepherd, Toy and Mix.
_____10. Participate in a service project that deals with dogs, such as volunteering at the animal shelter or walking dogs.
_____11. Build a dog feeder, carrying case, dog bed, or other equipment for your dog.
_____12. Conduct a demonstration about dogs, or create a small booklet, to share with a group of younger children.
_____13. Understand dog breeding. Know how to prepare a nest for a female and when to provide her with it. What is a typical litter size? How long does a dog usually live? Explain the difference between inbreeding, line breeding, and cross breeding.
_____14. Learn about careers that involve dogs.
_____15. Learn how to register a dog with the American Kennel Club.
_____16. Create a craft project or piece of art that involves dogs.
_____17. Learn a song or poem about dogs.
_____18. Participate in a dog parade.
_____19. Earn the Dog Training badge.
_____20. Watch a documentary about dogs.