Trainer in Training Contest at the Great Iowa Pet Expo

Sunday October 20th at 2:00pm

Calling all kiddos!  Get ready for the first-ever Trainer in Training contest at the Great Iowa Pet Expo, sponsored by Stephanie Peters of Plucky Paws, LLC!  Kids will briefly introduce themselves and their dog, take 90 seconds to show off their training skills, and engage in 90 seconds of Q&A with Stephanie.  Handlers may demonstrate any skill they wish, including basic manners, cooperative care, tricks, or dog sports.


1) Youth ages 8-17 may participate with any friendly dog they personally know.

2) Participants must train and demonstrate behaviors using force-free methods and equipment, including lure-reward or clicker training.  Participants may not train or demonstrate behaviors using punishing methods or equipment, including choke, prong, and shock collars.

3) Participants’ knowledge of training methods and equipment, understanding of canine body language, and compassion for their furry partner are weighted more heavily than training outcomes.


All participants receive a Pet Expo ribbon, a Plucky Paws training clicker, and a dog treat from Treats on a Leash!

The Grand Prize Winner Receives:

-Junior Membership to the Pet Professional Guild Force-Free Training Organization

-Copy of Inside of a Dog Young Readers Edition

-Clik Stik, Treat Pouch, & Training Treats

-$25.00 Gift Certificate to Just Paws! Gourmet & Gifts


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Iowa State Fairgrounds, Jacobson Building: 3000 E. Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50317