Contests at The Great Iowa Pet Expo


The Stylin’ Paws “Ultimate Stay” Contest

Sponsored by Stylin’ Paws

Can your dog “Stay”? Really, really “Stay”? If so, you might have the winner of the Stylin’ Paws 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. $100 cash prize for first place in the Ultimate “Stay” Contest! 

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

Plucky Paws Trainer in Training Contest

Calling all kiddos!  Get ready for the 2nd Annual 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.

“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 2020 Leave It Champion! There is a $100 cash prize for the winner!

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

Costume Contest

The competition gets bigger every year and the costumes get cuter and more creative as we celebrate the Halloween season with our Homemade Costume Contest. Bring your friends and cheer on your favorite best dressed pet!

Register on site.


Naughty Dog Challenge

Does your dog come when called? Even when distracted? Well let’s just see about that! The Great Iowa Pet Expo Naughty Dog Challenge 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? 2020 bragging rights are at stake!