Krazy for K9s

A Fairfax County 4-H Dog Training Club!

Current Club Activities   

 Please email adult leader Sheila Baugh ASAP if you are interested in signing up for any of these classes! Slots fill up VERY quickly!!


Foundation Behaviors / Intro to Obedience Class

The winter session of Intro to Obedience (which is being renamed "Foundation Behaviors") will begin this Friday, January 16th.To participate in this class, you must have attended club orientation or be a continuing club member, have all your club paperwork completed and turned in (I think I may have everyone's), and ensure the club has a paper copy evidencing that your dog's rabies vaccination is current (you can USPS mail that to me).You must send me an email ( not the yahoo group) to request a spot in the class. You are not officially in the class until you receive an email from me specifically stating you are registered.

As the class is limited to 10 dog/handler teams, we may not have space for everyone who wants to be in the class.  Therefore, before you send your request, please read the rest of this email.  If you already have conflicts with some of the dates, please either consider not signing up for this session (if the conflict is for more than 2 or 3 dates) or at least let me know which classes you cannot attend so we can determine the best solution for the most kids.

 This session will:

* have eight weekly training classes (Fridays: January 16, 23, 30;  February 6, 13, 20, 27;  March 6) although some may be cancelled due to weather or instructor conflicts

* be held at Pender Veterinary Clinic (2nd floor training room) from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

* be taught by the wonderful and talented Ciara Sitko and Kathy Holshey

* help you learn how to train your dog

* focus on important skills every dog needs such as sit, stay, focus, and recall (come!)

* start building the skills to help your dog pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test AKC - Canine Good Citizen




Open Obedience Practice 

This will be held every friday from 6:00-7:00 pm at Pender Veterinary Clinic off of West Ox road near Rt 50. Go to the 2nd floor (top level), exit and go down the hall to the turn in the hall, and it is the double doors -Obedience Room- in front of you.  The staff break room is inside there as well.  The door is locked, so if you arrive before the trainers, just wait in the hall. 

There is an area outside on the west side of the building to walk and potty your dogs before going upstairs.  There are also stairs in the building.  If the first time in the building, some dogs may be worried by either the elevator or stairs and/or strange smells and other dogs so be sure to watch their reactions and give praise and treats as needed.  


Address: 4001 Legato Rd, Fairfax, VA 22033 


If you are interested in learning more about the Krazy for K9s 4-H Dog Training Club, please contact us at Members may join at ANY TIME during the year as long as there is availability in the desired class(es)

Please contact us to learn more. If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations to participate in these activities, please contact us to discuss these accommodations.

About Our Club 

Krazy for K9s 4-H Dog Training Club is open to youth ages 9 to 19 years who are interested in strengthening the bond with their dogs and learning about dog sports.  There is no fee to belong or join the club.  To participate in the dog training classes, members must own or have frequent opportunities to work with a friendly dog that they are able to control on a leash, harness or head halter.  We hold regular classes to practice basic dog obedience, rally, agility, canine musical freestyle (dancing with your dog), and junior showmanship using positive training techniques.  We also have some projects for 4-Hers interested in learning about dogs and dog care but who do not have a dog.   


Our club meets weekly to work at their own pace and enjoy the company of other youth who share their interest in dogs.   Training takes place at Frying Pan Farm Park in outdoor fenced training areas or in an equestrian barn.  Occasionally we also practice in the obedience training room in a veterinary clinic.    Opportunities are provided throughout the year to compete in 4-H matches with other dog training clubs in the region and state, including at the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Frying Pan Farm Park Show held annually the first weekend of August, and also the annual 4-H Virginia State Dog Show held each September. 


Leadership skills are fostered through regular business meetings, opportunities to superintend matches as well as organize club activities and represent the group at county, district, and state events.   Members participate in occasional fundraising events to help cover costs of club activities

 such as operating a photo booth for dogs during a local pet festival or selling dog treats. 


Krazy for K9s is committed to serving the community.  We are always ready to volunteer in support of Frying Pan Farm Park.  At Park events, our club has helped by offering dog training demonstrations, pony rides and holiday shopping.  For the past several years, on Martin Luther King Day, the club has organized a project for Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together Day where members instruct and assist other youth and their families in making dog toys donated to local rescue organizations.  Several times a year, club members visit Tall Oaks Assisted Living Residence in Reston, Virginia with their dogs.  


Further,  Krazy for K9s  4-H Dog Training Club actively supports the Virginia 4-H Dog Advisory Council, a state-wide body to support the betterment of 4-H dog training programming.  



What is 4-H? 

4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 4-H is rich with learning experiences where young people partner with caring adults and volunteers in a fellowship unlike any other program available to youth today.  Through 4-H, young people are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that emphasize 4-H's "learning by doing" philosophy of youth development.

Standing for head, heart, hands, and health, 4-H uses more than a century of experience in youth development programming to build strong, confident leaders. Young people in the 4-H community learn leadership, citizenship, and a vast array of life skills that benefit them for the rest of their lives. 

With a direct connection to research at Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, 4-H is the first experience many young people have with higher education. 4-H is characterized as being community-centered, volunteer-led, Extension-staff supervised, research-based, home- and family-oriented, publicly and privately funded, and responsive to change.  For more information, please contact our local Virginia Cooperative ExtensionVirginia 4-H, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Congratulations to club member Becky Randolph whose letter about Krazy for K9s was published in the Connection Newspapers!

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What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

The 4H Pledge

I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Virginia 4-H Mission Statement

To develop youth and adults working with those youth to realize their full potential - becoming effective, contributing citizens through participation in research-based, non-formal, hands-on educational experiences.