Posted by: ccenys4h | January 30, 2014

March Dog Madness

March Dog Madness (MDM), the annual statewide 4-H Dog Leader Training Program, will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Cornell.

A tentative schedule and registration form will be posted soon! Check after Feb 1.

For those travelling from a distance, a few rooms have been blocked at the Ramada Ithaca, 2310 N. Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850. Phone number is: (607) 257-3100. The link is: These rooms will be held until March 1.

The theme for 2014 is TEAM WORK.  Each participant may pre-select two different workshops from a menu of canine related topics, from critical care to community outreach. This annual conference is an opportunity to bring adult and teen volunteers together with community experts to increase knowledge and awareness of the value of science based information on local Cornell Cooperative Extension and 4-H dog training programs. Instructors include university, extension, and industry representatives. New and experienced volunteers will walk away with tools and tips they can use at the local level.

Everyone will have an opportunity to attend a keynote presentation on “Working Dogs” by animal geneticist, Dr. Heather Huson. Dr. Huson is our newest faculty member in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She obtained her PhD from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and has extensive personal experience with Alaskan Sled Dogs! Our closing session will also feature a Dog Bowl for everyone to participate in facilitated by adult and teen 4-H leaders of New York.

Paid registrations are due March 7 to reserve a spot. $25/person covers workshop materials and lunch. Each concurrent workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Agenda items for the spring NYS 4-H Dog advisory committee meeting (to be held during lunch this year) are required in writing by March 7. Please send those to Dana Palmer at

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