Prize Entry Rules

During the initial 8-week Never Shock a Puppy campaign, we’ll be giving away some neat prize packages (5 of the 8 weeks) based on random drawings of people who post comments to specific blog entries that we designate as prize weeks.

In most cases, it’s one comment = one prize entry (within reason). We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who floods or spams us with unnecessary duplicate comments.

HOWEVER, because at times we’d like to target specific populations in the dog community — such as first-time dog owners or new dog adopters — we will give extra “weight” to people who comment AND self-identify as a first-time dog owner or new dog adopter. In those cases, one comment = 3 entries.

Because of shipping logistics, we will limit contest entries to people in the United States and Canada.

The comment “entry period” will last from the day a particular blog post goes live (usually a Wednesday) through midnight (MDT) the following Sunday.

We’ll add up the number of comments/entries then use Random.org to pick winners.

We’ll notify winners via email, so BE SURE you enter a valid and correct email address in the proper field when you comment.

Then via email, we’ll arrange for prize sizing, shipping, and such. In some cases, the prizes will come from us. In other cases, the sponsor will ship the prize directly.

All decisions are final. Winners assume all responsibility for any risk involved with using prize items.

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6 Responses to Prize Entry Rules

  1. Christine says:

    Great website. I’m training my now 12 week old puppy and it is a challenge to say the least. She’s so adorable that I want to sit and cuddle and play all the time, though I realize that she’ll be very big soon and that I can’t/shouldn’t encourage behaviour now that I won’t want later.

    Thanks for the great techniques – they’re simple and I didn’t have to buy a book to learn them!

  2. Christine says:

    By the way, we rescued two dogs in the past month! Our puppy and a lovely little boy from the streets of Mexico. Gotta love the rescues!!

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  4. I’m a trainer, and the newest addition to my canine family will arrive next week. He’s a young hound from a kill shelter in the south, with no apparent formal training. (They tell me he can “sit”) So, I will be starting from scratch teaching an adult dog, who may be a potential therapy dog, to walk nicely while on his leash. That means that I will promise myself, from the moment I snap the leash on, that he will never get to go forward if he pulls me. I’ll also use positive techniques to “explain” where I do want him to walk, and I’ll make it worth his while – I always want my dogs to think that being with me is the best thing since sliced bread.
    Thank you so much for starting this site, and for spreading the word that even if you call it a “stim” or a “tap” it’s still a shock! And, it’s never necessary to shock a dog to train it. By the way, my last hound WAS a therapy dog, and knew lots more than “sit” – all trained with positive reinforcement!
    You can do it!

  5. Nadia Ratelle says:

    My husband and I are newlyweds, and first time dog owners. Maxwell Smart, our cocker spaniel poodle mix, is almost seven months old. Training has been an interesting (sometimes frustrating, sometimes joyful) experience for us. True to his name, Max is very smart and catches on to new things very quickly. He is quite the little energetic fellow, and has the zaniest personality :)

    I am a responsible, loving and caring pet parent. Not only do I believe in and use positive reinforcement training techniques, but I provide a healthy, species-appropriate diet for Max, and I am constantly cuddling with him while I read up on anything dog related. My goal is to be as knowledgeable as I can be in regards to all the decisions I am making for him, and in doing so, provide him with the best life possible!

    I completely support the purpose of this website. Training should be fun for the pet and the humans involved, and not involve scare tactics or physical punishment.

  6. M. Mahalic says:

    Don’t know if anyone has watched a “Funniest Videos Episode” where a young man put one of those shock collars on his neck. But, after watching that episode it really brought it to my attention, of how bad these collars are. When they turned it up to the highest level, he was extremely uncomfortable and wanted the collar off ASAP. I’d thought to myself “just imagine a poor dog having that on, and unable to take it off” Thanks so much for this campaign. There are probably a lot of people out there who might not know about positive reinforecment training. And figure this is the way to go.