The International Puppy and Trainer Contest (IPTC) showcases the best of the human-puppy and pet play community for the International Community. The contest, its producers, titleholders, and staff lead as an example of what it is to be of service to the alternative lifestyle community worldwide. As of Fall 2022, the IPTC Board formed a Non-Profit 501(c)7 Corporation to oversee the future IPTC Conests and provide above and beyond transparency for all future events.

IPTC Core Values

Equity and Accessibility

As much as possible all IPTC events, communications, policies, and procedures will support and affirm equity and accessibility for its members to pet play information and resources. Where needed and possible we supply language, transportation, space accessibility, pronoun, anti-racism, and inclusion resources, guidelines, and training.

Joy and Sovereignty

Pet play, along with any other types of play, are activities that should bring you happiness. We see modern pet play as a true expression of joy. We feel this is a critical value to support in times like these and encourage all to remember this value in their daily life and play. The concept of sovereignty guides us in policy creation and attendee relations. Sovereignty means that each person is the property of one's self, expressed as the natural right of a person to have bodily integrity, and to be the exclusive controller of one's own body and life. IPTC uses personal and group autonomy and sovereignty to guide its rules and policies.

Shared Language

As much as possible we ask that our attendees use gender- and role-neutral language. This is done so that everyone is welcome to participate regardless of gender, gender expression, relationship status, or role. For example: we say “Friends and Family”, “All Ya’ll”, “Critters and Comrades”, “Paws and People” (We also encourage and endorse creative alliteration). We do not say “Ladies and Gentlemen” or other gender exclusive statements when addressing groups. IPTC welcomes everyone and using gender and role neutral language as our default helps build safe spaces and encourages the values of equity and accessibility.

Pronoun Flags

We utilize pronoun tags to communicate regardless of headspace or proximity. (i.e.- people in altered headspace can be properly identified non-verbally or if they are across the room). This cultivates a culture that is pronoun-aware, which in turn creates safe spaces for our friends and family. There are badge pronoun tags (He/She/They and “My pronouns are…”) available at registration that adhere to your badge.

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