Brace Class

General Guidelines

For one 4H’er with two dogs, at least one of the dogs being owned by the 4H’er handling the Brace. The two dogs may be different breeds. Exercises will be performed as in Graduate Beginner (with 160 points maximum for the Heel On Leash and Figure 8, and 60 points each maximum for the Stand for Examination, Recall, Long Sit and Long Down). Maximum possible score will be 400 points. 4-H’ers and dogs that have participated in this class in previous years may repeat as long as they qualify at the county level.

Beginner A, B and C Obedience dogs are not eligible for Brace; dogs must be working at the Graduate Beginner Level.

The same two dogs, as a brace, may not be shown twice.

Only ribbons are given for participation in the Brace Class.

Dress Code

Exhibitors should be neat, clean, and well-groomed in appearance. A more casual style is acceptable when competing in Obedience than Grooming & Handling. Youth with long hair should tie it back to keep it from interfering with handling or the judge’s view. They should wear clothing that is comfortable to handle in and appropriate for dog shows – not too tight or too revealing. Clothing should not distract, limit or hinder the judge’s view of the dog. Plain T-shirts and dark colored (black or brown) jeans are acceptable in the Obedience ring.

Inappropriate clothing includes shirts, jackets or other apparel with slogans, 4-H club, FFA Chapter, or dog club names, logos, etc., halter tops, tank tops, blue jeans and shorts, sandals, open toed shoes, clogs, and high-heeled shoes.

For more information

Contact your local County CCE Association or Dana Palmer at dlp10 [at] (dlp10[at]cornell[dot]edu).