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Earning a

Boy Scout Merit

Badge on Dog Care

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Caring for a Dog Merit Badge for Boy Scouts


To earn a Boy Scout Merit Badge in Dog Care you will need to
tell some of the characteristics of 10 breeds of dogs; OR give a
short history of one.

Point out on a dog (or on a sketch) at least 10 parts. Give the
correct name of each.

Present a report signed by a parent or guardian describing the
care you have given your dog for 2 months. Include these items:
feeding schedule, food used, housing, exercising, grooming, and
bathing. Tell what has been done to keep the dog alert and

Present a written report showing about how much it costs to keep
your dog for 2 months.

Explain the right way to obedience train. Show with your dog any
three of these commands: "Come," "Sit," "Down," "Heel," "Stay,"
"Take it," Drop it," "Get it."

Do at least TWO of the following:

a. Describe what should be done to remove fleas, ticks, and lice
from your dog.

b. Describe the symptoms of the following: distemper, rabies,
mange, ringworm. Explain what you would do if your dog showed any of these symptoms.

c. Describe the proper treatment for sore ear, sore eye, fits,
removing something swallowed by a dog, removing something stuck
in its throat.

d. Explain first aid for a dog bite. List the things as needed in
every dog owner's first aid kit.

Explain precautions to take in handling a hurt dog. Show how to
put on an emergency safety muzzle. Explain how to treat wounds.
Show how to put on a simple dressing and bandage to the foot,
body, or head. Explain what to do if a dog is hit by a car.

Tell the dangers of home treatment of a serious ailment. Report
on a visit to a veterinary hospital; or report on a visit to an
animal shelter.

Know the laws and ordinances involving dogs in force in your

BSA Advancement ID#: 41
Source: Boy Scout Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002

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