Dog Care Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Dog Care Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Dog Care Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Dog Care Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Dog Care Merit Badge Workbook
Dog Care Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Dog Care Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Dog Care Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Your Dog (please have your parents come with you so they may remove the dog when certain requirements are completed and to help maintain control of your dog)

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Note: 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.

1. 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.

Scouts will find that utilizing their Merit Badge Pamphlet many of the answers for his requirement can easily be found.  It is high recommended that Scouts utilize a Merit Badge Workbook to record their findings and answers for easier reference during the class.  Active participation in the group discussion lead by the counselor will be necessary as well in order to complete this requirement.


2. Point out on a dog or a sketch at least 10 body parts. Give the correct name of each one.

Scouts may either sketch their own drawing of a dog or use a sketch already available on the internet or in a Dog Care Merit Badge Workbook to complete this requirement.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts have this done prior to the class.  If the class will accommodate the bringing of your own dog Scouts should know where to point out these body parts on their own dog and will do so during the class. While this requirement will be done in the class, preparation will help ensure completion.


3. 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.

Scouts should have their answers formulated and ready to share for each of the components of this requirement prior to the class.  Use the Merit Badge Pamphlet to assist in your research.  You may also reference other sources to find the answers.  The counselor will facilitate discussion in the class covering this requirement and only boys who actively and knowledgeably participate will have an opportunity of completing this requirement.


4. 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.

It is not adequate to just say that you have done this requirement.  Scouts should have proof of their two-month dog care responsibilities, and like the requirement states, have a log showing their efforts.  Scouts must also remember to provide a description of the type of housing/shelter provided for their dog. Have your log and description ready for the class to share with your counselor and fellow Scouts.


5. 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."

Scouts will need to have their dog with them in order to complete this requirement. (Please note whether the class location allows your dog to be present).  It is acceptable to have video of you and your dog performing these commands.  Be prepared for the class to share your dog's obedience and give explanation on proper obedience training.


6. 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.

f. Discuss with your counselor the considerations and advantages of spaying or neutering your dog.

The answers to this requirement can easily be found in the merit badge pamphlet and Scouts should be prepared for discussion on each of the components of this requirement in the class.  Some Scouts may find it helpful to utilize a Merit Badge Workbook to organize their notes and findings for easier reference during the class and to better ensure completion of this requirement in the class.


7. 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.

While this requirement will be covered in the class, Scouts should still prepare by understanding the basics of each component in this requirement by reviewing the merit badge pamphlet and being prepared to explain their findings with the counselor.


8. Visit a veterinary hospital or an animal shelter and give a report about your visit to your counselor.

Scouts may choose to complete this requirement ahead of time or complete this after the class. The class will focus some time for discussion of this requirement. Scouts that have completed their visit, and can substantiate that with the counselor, will have an opportunity to complete this part of the requirement during the class.


9. Know the laws and ordinances involving dogs that are in force in your community.

Scouts will need to prepare for this requirement prior to the class by researching their local laws and ordinances in their community.  Scouts should be prepared with their findings to share during the class.


10. 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.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019