I don’t think I was specific in the homework assigned for the period between now and our next meeting. Please have the following prepared:
Requirements 1, 2 and 3
Note: For requirement 1, if you have had a pet for more than four months and it is your job to feed, clean-up after, accompany to the vet etc., a parent-signed statement indicating your performance will suffice. If you haven’t had a pet for four months, bring a statement of your plan to fulfill this requirement and we’ll discuss it.
Requirements 1 thru 10. Simple one or two paragraph written answers for most, picture/chart with anatomy labelled etc. Create and start maintaining Dog Care Log.
Looking forward to the camporee – hope to see you all there.
Sincerely, Dr. Jennings
Pets merit badge requirements
- Present evidence that you have cared for a pet for 4 months. Get approval before you start.*
- Write in 200 words or more about the care, feeding, and housing of your pet. Tell some interesting facts about it. Tell why you have this kind of pet. Give local laws, if any, relating to the pet you keep.
- Show that you have read a book or pamphlet, approved by your counselor, about your kind of pet. Discuss with your counselor what you have learned from what you read.
- Do ONE of the following:a. Show your pet in some pet show.b. Start a friend raising a pet like yours. Help your friend get a good start.c. Train a pet in three or more tricks or special abilities.
* Work done for other merit badges cannot be used for this requirement.
Dog Care merit badge requirements
- Do the following:a. Briefly discuss the historical origin and domestication of the dog.b. Describe some common characteristics of the dogs that make up each of the seven major dog groups.c. Tell some specific characteristics of seven breeds of dogs (one from each major group), OR give a short history of one breed.
- Point out on a dog or a sketch at least 10 body parts. Give the correct name of each one.
- Do the following:a. Explain the importance of house-training, obedience training, and socialization training for your dog.b. Explain what “responsible pet ownership” means.c. Explain what issues (including temperament) must be considered when deciding on what breed of dog to get as a family pet.
- For two months, keep and care for your dog.* Maintain a log of your activities during this period that includes these items: feeding schedule, types of food used, amount fed, exercise periods, training schedule, a weekly body weight record, grooming and bathing schedules, veterinary care, if necessary, and costs. Also include a brief description of the type of housing/shelter arrangements you have for your dog.
- The activities used to fulfill the requirements for the Dog Care merit badge may not be used to help fulfill the requirements for other merit badges.
- Explain the correct way to obedience train a dog and what equipment you would need. Show with your dog any three of these commands: “come,” “sit,” “down,” “heel,” “stay,” “fetch” or “get it,” and “drop it.”
- Do the following:a. Discuss the proper vaccination schedule for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.b. Discuss the control methods for preventing fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites (worms) for a dog in your area from puppyhood through adulthood.c. Explain the importance of dental care and tooth brushing to your pet’s health.d. Discuss the benefits of grooming your dog’s coat and nails on a regular basis.e. Discuss with your counselor any seasonal conditions (like hot summers, cold winters, or extreme humidity) where you live that need to be considered for your dog.
- Do the following:a. Explain precautions to take in handling a hurt dog.b. Show how to put on an emergency muzzle.c. Explain how to treat wounds. Explain first aid for a dog bite.d. Show how to put on a simple dressing and bandage the foot, body, or head of your dog.e. Explain what to do if a dog is hit by a car.f. List the things needed in every dog owner’s first-aid kit.g. Tell the dangers of home treatment of a serious ailment.h. Briefly discuss the cause and method of spread, the signs and symptoms and the methods of prevention of rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and heartworms in dogs.
- Visit a veterinary hospital or an animal shelter and give a report about your visit to your counselor.
- Know the laws and ordinances involving dogs that are in force in your community.
- Learn about three career opportunities for working with dogs. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this career, and discuss this with your counselor. Tell why this profession interests you.