National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors’ “Training Gone Awry” Photo Challenge

Is your dog so well trained that when you say, “sit, stay” he or she sits and waits for your next instruction?”

Or are there times when your training results in something that is not quite what you wanted – or expected?

No one knows better than experienced trainers that some breeds are born clowns, and many of these superb trainers are members of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc.

We are delighted to welcome back the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) which has fittingly chosen as their challenge theme, “Training Gone Awry.” The challenge is in how you interpret the theme!

NADOI has been around for more than fifty years, and for five decades, their main purpose has been to certify dog training instructors who have demonstrated excellence in the profession. NADOI certifies not just competition obedience trainers, but also those who specialize in training pet dogs. NADOI’s mission is to certify dog training instructors of the highest caliber; to provide continuing education and learning resources to those instructors; and to promote humane, diverse and effective training methods and competent instruction.

The challenge: Our judges will be looking for the most creative/impressive/whimsical outside-the-box interpretation of the “Training Gone Awry” Photo Challenge, something well beyond a sit-stay.

The prize: $100 VISA Cash Card

The Sponsor: The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc.

NOTE: Because of similarity, if you enter this contest, you may not enter the Alex Hart “Novice A: I Have No Idea What I’m Doing!” Photo Challenge

The Dreaded Small Print You Must Read To Enter

•••• This contest happens on May 1 on our Facebook page. It is open internationally;

•••• One entry per person; You may enter four different photo challenges,

••••  When submitting your photo entry on Facebook, you must indicate the name of this contest, National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors’ “Training Gone Awry” Photo Challenge;

•••• Your entry must be for the 2024 contest. Photos submitted from previous years’ contests will be disqualified, and yes, we remember photos from one year to the next;

•••• Within the photo, your image must include a purebred dog and one of the following either downloaded from the link or handmade:

The “IPurebred Dogs” sign

The “Happy National Purebred Dg Day” sign 

The “I Lve My Purebred Dog” sign 

Any official National Purebred Dog Day item available here. 

•••• No photoshopping. Our judges, David Frei, co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show, and veteran photographer from Westminster Kennel Club, Jack Grassa, must see what you actually shot with your camera;

•••• Many people may help you take your photo, but the prize goes to the person submitting the winning photograph;

•••• Entering this contest implies consent that your photo may be shared on NPDD’s social media platforms and by the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc.;

••• A full explanation of how, when, and where to submit your entry can be read here;  

•••• Important! You and your dog should have safe fun when composing your entry!

•••• Judges’ decisions are final


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