Sit, stay and lay down were frequent orders Saturday afternoon.
Four girls' best friends took part in the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair Dog Show where they showed off the pups' tricks and obedience.
"It teaches life skills, that's kind of our focus," dog show Superintendent Jennifer Winkleman said. "Life skills like communication, leadership, dog knowledge and stuff like that. Communication and leadership are the two main ones. It's not just about how well they do or what place they get, but its about supporting each other and working together and all of that."
The show included seven categories, including rally obedience, obstacles show, obedience show, showmanship, fun show and dog knowledge.
"The first one we did was agility, which we call obstacles," Winkleman said. "Basically, it's teamwork. You work with your dog to go through different obstacles."
Rally obedience is a path with a series of signs with orders owners give their dogs to follow.
Winkleman said showmanship with 4-H isn't like traditional dog shows where breed matters.
"It's how you present," she said. "They did gating, which is running around the ring. They did stacking, which is having the dog stand there and she came up to pet the dog. They're supposed to stay."
The dog show has been part of the fair for more than 15 years, she said.Gallery: Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair 2021
Participant Nadine Schmitz showed her two dogs, Ally and Tarzan. This was Ally's fourth year competing whereas it was Tarzan's first.
"I think it's a lot better for them to just get out and experience other things so they're more prepared," she said.
Participant Jessica Koenigsfeld showed her dog, Ollie. She's been showing him for two years. She's talking about getting him licensed as a therapy dog.
"He's a rescue and so we got him when he was like 6 or 7 months old," she said. "I really like working with him. Talking about the therapy dogs, I've been wanting to do that just to be able to take him places and get to have other people experience having the dogs."
She said Ollie enjoys the agility work the most.
"He loves jumping over the hoops and all that," she said.
Participant Madisyn Suessm showed her dog, Colt, as well.