Merit Badge Workbook Merit Badge History

Dog Care - In-Person Class Notes

Please be courteous and arrive early for registration and instructions PRIOR to your scheduled class start time. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Your BSA ID # (not your Scoutbook ID #)
  • If you do not have your BSA ID # (or did not provide it with your online registration) you will need a Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scout Leader
  • Dog Care Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Dog Care merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

If you are unfamiliar with the Blue Card Process, please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Dog Care - Online Class Notes

Scoutmaster Bucky Online Class links will be sent out 12 to 24 hours prior to the class start time. Notification will be sent to the email address provided in the registration, so please make sure your email is correctly entered.

Please be courteous and arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time. Ensure that your internet connection, camera, microphone, and broadcasting environment are working and optimal for class participation. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Dog Care Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of January 25, 2023

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

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.

* The activities used to fulfill the requirements for the Dog Care merit badge may not be used to help fulfill requirements for other merit badges.

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.