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YOUR GUIDE TO THE
PAWS & CLAWS PET SHOW

Welcome! We are thrilled to be returning for another massive, all-new pet show, now officially called Paws & Claws, on Saturday, November 19th!

TICKETS HERE

This guide will walk you through how everything works :)

WHAT IS PAWS & CLAWS ANYWAY?

 

The Paws & Claws Pet Show is an all-day 18+ human pet and handler charity event benefiting Priceless Pets Rescue, with a movie night afterparty.

What Can I Do At Paws & Claws?

You have TWO choices. You can either:

  • Attend as a Participant to compete with or without a Handler in 6 different show events for a chance to win ribbons

  • Attend as a Spectator to watch the show while enjoying a day of community and fun!

 

What if I'm a Handler?

Handlers should purchase a "Handler/Spectator" ticket. If your pet/s are Participants, you will be able to participate with them during most of the show events.

How Much Are Tickets?

Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door.

All Tickets Include:

  • Afterparty & Cuddle Puddle Movie Night Double Feature

    • Screening Wolfwalkers and The Bad Guys

  • Immersive Vet & Grooming Stations
     

Participant tickets must be purchased if you want to compete in the show events.

*NOTE: Due to construction at the venue, we are not able to access the pool this year. As such, we will not be having our Dock Diving event, and there will be no swimming during the afterparty.

What Can I Do During the Afterparty?

  • We will be making a cuddle puddle area in the residence's living room, where everyone can watch the movies on a big projector screen.

  • BDSM & Pet Play is allowed.

  • No Sexual Play. This is a touch-positive, but sexual pressure-free space.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

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HOW DO I COMPETE IN THE SHOW? CAN ANYONE COMPETE?

Human animals of all "species" are welcome to compete - not just pups!

 

If you are a human animal who wishes to compete, simply purchase a Participant ticket! These are limited to 25 spots.

If you have a Handler, they will purchase a Spectator/Handler ticket. You do NOT need to have a Handler in order to compete. If you want a Handler but don't have one, we will connect you with a volunteer.

 

We recommend checking out the Vet & Grooming Stations once you check in (at 9am) so you can be pampered before the show starts!

 

DO I HAVE TO COMPETE IN EVERY EVENT?

No! :) Although we encourage Participants to enjoy trying out all the show events, you are not required to compete in all of them if you don't want to.

There are 1st/2nd/3rd awards for each individual event, and you will still be in the running for all awards if you choose to opt out of certain events.

OUR JUDGES:
 

  • Pup Chewi, Founder of Chewi's Kennel at The Bullet Bar

  • Ferris Oxide, Current Mx. International Olympus Leather

  • Pup Rush, LA Pup 2018

OUR MC THIS YEAR is LA Pup 2020-21, Pup Star Orion.

 
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WHERE AND WHEN IS IT? IS THERE A SCHEDULE?

The Paws & Claws Pet Show is on Saturday, November 19th at Alfhiem, a private residence in North Hills, CA (exact address on ticket page).

PARKING is street and free/unmetered.

Our arena is built on the residence's tennis court, which we outfit with puzzle mats where the Participants will compete. This creates a grass-allergy-free, padded event space for play.

 

We will ask that you arrive in vanilla-friendly clothing and change once on-site.

**Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. There is one step leading from the back door to the backyard. The side yard will be opened for non-stair access**

Here is the "ruff" schedule of events:

  • 9am: Participant Check-Ins, Vet & Grooming Experience Stations Open

  • 9:30am: General Check-In Open

  • 10am: Show Begins with Presentation Event

  • 11am: Cattle Drive Event

  • 12pm: Tracking Event

  • 1pm: ON-SITE LUNCH BREAK

  • 2pm: Agility Event

  • 3pm: Search & Rescue Event

  • 4pm: Protection Event

  • 5:30pm: Awards Ceremonty

  • 6pm: ON-SITE DINNER BREAK

    • Provided Pizza/Sandwiches, Donations Appreciated

  • 8pm-12am: Afterparty & Movie Night!

    • This will primarily be a big cuddle puddle movie night with two movies showing on an indoor projector screen. However, you will be able to play if you would like on the surrounding BDSM furniture in the house. No sexual play.

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WHAT ARE YOUR COVID & SAFETY POLICIES?

COVID-19

We require the following:

  • Proof of initial COVID-19 vaccination

  • Proof of at least one booster shot OR recent negative test (can be home test within 12 hours)

 

We will accept physical vaccination cards, digital vaccination cards, a photo of your card, or a screenshot of your vaccination record. Your test can be shown via bringing the physical test or a photo. All of our staff and volunteers will also be vaccinated.

Mask Policy:

  • Our event takes place primarily in a large, open-air, outdoor space.

  • Masks are required to be worn (even under hoods) when indoors.

  • Masks are recommended, but not required, while outdoors.

 

Equipment used for the show events will be disinfected to the best of our abilities between each participant.

GENERAL SAFETY

We will have a first aid kit on-site, as well as Dungeon Monitors during the afterparty to ensure consensual play. Vixen, our Co-Founder, is CPR Certified.

 

You will also be required to sign a waiver upon entry, and assume all personal risks associated with participating in the physically active play and events.

Finally, we highly recommend being vaccinated for monkeypox if the vaccine is available to you.

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WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE SHOW

  • Knee Pads (sleeve-style recommended) and Padded Gloves (mitts or fingerless MMA style)

  • Simple Intro and <2 minutes Obedience routine


EVERYONE

  • Photo ID

  • Covid vax + booster or negative test

  • Ticket on your phone or name on your ticket

  • Personal snacks if desired

  • Your preferred seating (blankets, chairs, etc)

  • Any weather-related accoutrements (umbrellas for shade, jacket, etc!)

  • Whatever makes you feel like your animal or Handler best!

PHOTO POLICY NOTE: Participants and Handlers who are okay with being photographed will elect to wear a yellow wristband. All other Participants may not have photos or videos taken of them. All Spectators must be asked for consent before photos or videos are taken.

We will have an on-site photographer.

 
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Below, you can read descriptions of each show event. Many will have a brief demo before the event begins!

PRESENTATION

Each Participant is introduced and paraded out for the judges. The Participant may introduce themselves, their Handler may introduce them, or the Participant can give our MC a brief written intro to read.

INTROS SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • Participant's name

  • Species

  • Breed (if applicable)

Each Participant will then have up to two minutes to perform a routine (with their Handler if they have one) to present who they are and what they're about. This can be a trick, obedience routine, talent, or anything else!

Look your best and show off your skills! Don't be afraid to be silly, either!

 

POINTS FOR:

  • Overall Impression

  • Creativity

  • Style


HANDLER OPTION: Introduce Participant, walk them around the "ring" to present to judges, and perform routine with them.

CATTLE DRIVE

A *NEW* herding-type challenge. This event is timed!

There will be a marked square "pen" in the center of our arena. Participants will be paired randomly in teams of 2.

GOAL: Participants will work together to herd 3 Human Cattle into the pen. The time stops at 5 minutes, or when all 3 Cattle are herded together. Be careful, or they may escape before you can herd all 3!


HERDING METHODS: Barking, blocking, gentle nipping, nudging, and more.

POINTS FOR:

  • Speed

  • Teamwork

  • Creativity


PENALTIES:

  • If Participants are unable to herd all 3 Cattle by the 3 minute mark, the time will automatically stop and penalties will be applied for each Cattle not in the pen.

  • Injuries or excessive emotional distress to the Cattle will result in disqualification from the Cattle Drive event and awards such as Best in Show

BONUS: Because they will have little time to strategize, the first team will receive a small time bonus.

HANDLER OPTION: Signal to release your pet to herd and offer encouragement.

AGILITY

This event is timed!

The Agility Course will include obstacles such as Weave Poles, Hoop Jumps, Hurdle Jumps, Pause Box, and Tunnel.

GOAL: The Participant will run the course in the correct order on all fours.

POINTS FOR:

  • Speed

  • Accuracy

  • Style

PENALTIES: Time penalties will be applied for missed obstacles and faults such as missing a weave pole, knocking a jump, etc.

HANDLER OPTION: Handlers may run alongside and signal/guide their pet through the obstacles.

TRACKING

Put your sniffer to work in this *NEW* scent work challenge! This event is timed!

The Tracking Course will be set up with 3 rows of "articles" (pillowcases/blankets). Organic scents will be spritzed on the articles, creating paths to follow. One is the correct scent that will lead to a bunny toy the Participant is meant to track. The others will lead them astray!

GOAL: Each Participant will be given a sample of the correct scent before time starts. They will then need to follow that scent through the rows of articles. When they get to the final row, they will indicate which pillowcase they believe contains the bunny toy.

POINTS FOR:

  • Speed

  • Accuracy

  • Style


PENALTIES:

  • A time penalty will be applied every time the Participant deviates from the correct "tracking line" (aka gets one of the rows wrong).

BONUS: Participants may opt to attempt the course blindfolded for a bonus on their score.

HANDLER OPTION: Signal to release the pet to track, hold "tracking lead" (provided), offer encouragement.

PROTECTION

*NEW* Test your guard animal skills!

The Participant will guard their Handler/a person of their choice from an Aggressor (Hoomans can be provided).

GOAL: The hooman will walk from one side of the arena to the other, stopping briefly in the middle. The Participant must protect them from all sides, never allowing the Aggressor to "tag" the hooman.

 

GUARDING METHODS: Barking, growling, blocking, advancing to "push" back, etc. Must be non-violent and on all fours.

POINTS FOR:

  • Efficiency

  • Nerve

  • Style


PENALTIES:

  • A point penalty will be applied every time the Aggressor "tags" the hooman.

  • A point penalty will be applied if the Participant trips the hooman.

  • Injuries or excessive emotional distress to the Aggressor will result in disqualification from the Protection event and awards such as Best in Show.

HANDLER OPTION: The Handler may be the person who is being guarded/protected. Issue commands to guard, circle, attack, stop/down, return, etc.

SEARCH & RESCUE

*NEW* service-type challenge! This event is timed!

The Course will be set up like a wreckage, with a hooman trapped in the debris! Worse yet, the Rescuer will be blindfolded.

GOAL: Participants must first locate the trapped hooman and then lead the Rescuer to save them. Time stops when the trapped hooman is free!

The trapped hooman may be identified with or without a spritz of organic scent. Whether or not the Participant wishes to include scent in this challenge is up to them, and does not affect judging.

POINTS FOR:

  • Speed

  • Safety & Care

  • Creativity


PENALTIES:

  • Time penalties will be applied if the Rescuer runs into any of the debris obstacles.

HANDLER OPTION: The Handler may opt to be either the trapped hooman or the Rescuer.

 

DOCK DIVING

*THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO VENUE CONSTRUCTION*

GOAL: Participants will jump into the deep end of a heated pool to catch a water toy with their paws!

 

POINTS FOR:

  • Catch Accuracy

  • Splash

  • Style

HANDLER OPTION: Throw the toy for their pet to catch.

JUMP SAFELY!

WHAT AWARDS CAN I WIN?

Just like any real pet show, we will have ribbons and special awards that you can win! The awards are:
 

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place for All Individual Events

  • Audience Choice Award

  • Creature Spirit Award

  • Best Handler

  • Best in Show (Pup)

  • Best in Show (Non-Pup)

 
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WHAT ARE THE VET & GROOMING STATIONS?

We are excited to expand Puppypalooza even further this year by including immersive experiences available to EVERYONE, whether you are a Participant or a Spectator!

 

Think of them like specialized pet play taster booths meant to recreate things that a pet could do at a real pet show.

How Long will Each Experience Last?

Approximately 5-10 minutes.

When Can I Visit the Stations?

The stations will be open from 9AM-10AM before the show begins. They will also re-open during breaks throughout the show at the volunteers' discretion.

They will not be open during the afterparty.

 


What's the GROOMING STATION?

Get pampered like the Best in Show Animal that you are with a trip to the groomers!

You'll begin by completing a "7-Point Check" form to tell the Groomers what activities and touch you consent to, any sensitivities for them to accommodate, and more.

Then prepare for a fun, relaxing sensory experience at the groomers'. Don't worry, you won't have to get wet!

Activity Options Include:

  • Sensory Waterless* Bath/Brush Massage​​

    • In a Kiddie Pool

    • Bubble Machine

    • Grooming Lead Option

    • Can Include Soft Brushes, Massage Rollers, & More

    • Wet Wipe "Paw Cleanse"

    • *Mister Bath Option

  • Blow Dry or Towel Dry

  • Fresh Pet Scent Spray

    • Multiple scents and natural ingredients to choose from​

  • Fresh Breath Mint​

  • Bow/Bandana Finish

    • Many color & pattern options!​​​​​​

 

What's the VET STATION?
 

Go through a fun, non-invasive medical "check-up" to earn a certified bill of health!

To ensure a positive experience, this station has THREE LEVELS OF INTENSITY, ranging from gentle and positive to a little rough and lightly humiliating. You will be able to select your desired level and activities, as well as express what touch you consent to and any sensitivities you have, on an "Intake Sheet" before the experience.

Activity Options Include:
 

  • Checking ears, nose, eyes, mouth, tail, paws, and heart

  • Reflex test

  • Non-invasive temperature check

  • Simulated shot (no needles)

  • "Medicine" Adminstration (tic tacs)

  • Cone of Shame

  • Vet Wrap for "sore spots"

EXPERIENCE STATIONS FAQ:

  • Do I have to participate in all the stations' activities?

  • NO! The 7-Point Check & Intake Form are meant as negotiation worksheets, where you can select what activities you are and are not okay with, as well as any alterations you want to request as accommodation. You do NOT have to do all the activity options.

  • Can my Handler help groom me / assist with my vet visit?

  • YES! Just let the volunteers know, and they will negotiate with your Handler to include them in the experience.

  • Can I tip the station volunteers?

  • YES! We will have jars for cash tips that also list their preferred electronic pay method. Tipping is appreciated, but not mandatory.

  • Can I bring my own things to be groomed or "checked" with?

  • You may bring things, but whether or not they may be used is up to the volunteers' discretion.

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HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PAWS & CLAWS THAT WE DIDN'T ANSWER? EMAIL US AND ASK! :)