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NYS 4-H Dog Leader Training

AKA March Dog Madness

Adult & Teen Leader Training
Morrison Hall, Cornell University
March 17, 2018

2017 Speaker Schedule – subject to change
Lodging – reserve by Feb 18

March Dog Madness is an annual conference for adult and teenage 4-H volunteer leaders. Workshops engage participants in science based information training. Current animal health, animal behavior, industry trends and youth development issues are addressed. Since 2002, guest presenters have included stakeholders, extension professionals, community and youth experts.

When: Typically held in March on the first Saturday of Cornell’s “Spring Break”.

Where: Morrison Hall (507 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853) and the Livestock Pavilion on Judd Falls Road, Cornell Campus, Ithaca.
See: Map showing workshop location OR Searchable campus maps.

Who: All interested staff, adult and teen 4H leaders are invited to attend this one day information packed program. Dog project leaders engaged in local community training programs are strongly encouraged to attend. Presentations from a variety of experienced professionals may include: Cooperative Extension Staff, County Volunteers, Cornell University Veterinarians, community collaborators, etc.

Why: This program helps community leaders understand and practice principles that they can take back and share with 4-H members at the local level. Adult and teen leaders gain networking skills, exchange ideas and have an opportunity to work together in a university setting.

Accessibility: Cornell University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Barb Jones, 607-255-7712 or to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Cost: $30 per person includes LUNCH. 

Payment: Credit cards are accepted online only.  If paying in person, you must use check or cash. Checks should be made out to “Cornell University”, with “March Dog Madness or MDM” in the memo.  Multiple registrations may be grouped together and paid for by a single credit card transaction, paypal account or check.

Registration: We strongly encourage you to use online registration this year with a credit card, PayPal account or check.  Keep in mind, if you choose to pay by check, your selections are not confirmed until we receive your check.  If you cannot register online, please contact Barb Jones at for a paper form. *** Registrations and payment are due by March 10. Space is limited to the first 100 people whose PAYMENT is received by March 10.

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TENTATIVE March 2017 topics: (subject to change)

  • Team Building – IceBreakers – with Teen host Rachel (Wayne)
  • An Introduction to Dog Sports Panel and follow up stations
    • Barn Hunt –  Penny Haynes
    • Dock Dogs – TBD
    • Flyball – Terri Parrow Botsford
    • Lurecoursing – Donna DeVoist
    • Herding – Sharon Garland
    • K9 Nosework ® – Andrea Giordano
  • Games to Play in Class – Beth Goelzer Lyons & Kim Degener
  • How to Run a Skillathon – Kathi Chambliss
  • Rally Obedience – Penny Haynes
  • Training Topic – TBD
  • Dog Bowl for teens
  • Leader Discussion
Earlier Event: February 16
National Youth Summit on Healthy Living
Later Event: April 7
National 4-H Conference