Contests at The Great Indy Pet Expo



The Ultimate "Stay" Contest


Can your dog “Stay”? Really, really “Stay”? If so, you might have the winner of the Ultimate Stay Contest. It’s a test of will and obedience and as we have the handlers put their dogs in a “Stay” command, then we start adding distractions. Rolling tennis balls, treats, noises, all the while moving the handlers farther from the dogs. You can win $100 CASH for great behavior in the Ultimate “Stay” Contest!

Open to amateurs only, please. No trainers or service dogs. Register on site.



“Leave It” Contest


If we put a small piece of a hot dog in front of your dog, could he/she “Leave It” on your command? It’s fun to see which dog has the best will power as we test behavior and training skills in the “Leave It” Contest. Even the crowd gets in the act with this Contest as we search for our 2016 Leave It Champion! Oh, and did we mention that 1st place will receive $100 CASH!?!

Open to amateurs only, please. No trainers or service dogs. Register on site.



Tiny Dog Contest


Got a teeny little pal? Entrants must be at least a year old. The littlest dog is the big winner.




Costume Contest


The competition gets bigger every year and the costumes get cuter and more creative as we celebrate the Halloween season with our Costume Contest. There are two categories: Homemade and Store-Bought. The crowd loves them both and they do the judging, so bring your friends and cheer on your favorite best dressed pet!

Register on site.



FURminator Contest

Sponsored by Platinum Paws

Shaggy dogs take center stage as owners go to work with FURminators, the exceptionally effective de-shedding tools. A professional groomer will judge the hair loss. You will have one minute - the biggest "loser" is the biggest winner! This contest is for dogs with thick shedding coats like Labs, German Shepherds, Huskies, and similar.

Register on site.
Open to amateurs only, please. No trainers or service dogs. 

Naughty Dog Challenge

Does your dog come when called? Even when distracted? Well let's just see about that! The Great Indy Pet Expo Naughty Dog Contest puts obedience skills to the test when there are toys, treats, bowls, people, and other reasons to ignore you and play instead. Want to give it a try? 2016 bragging rights are at stake! 
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