We hope everyone is staying safe and protected as the world navigates through COVID-19.
We ask for everyone to continue making informed decisions, based on facts, and follow the CDC easy to follow guidelines to keep the impact of this virus as minimal as it can be.
Several of our coordinators and board members do work in the medical care system and have been working tirelessly and very hard every day as well as monitoring all changes and information as it happens.
With that in mind, we wanted to give a quick update on IPAHW. As said above, we are constantly monitoring things as they progress, keeping your safety in mind.
The event is over 3 months away. Right now, no one knows how the crisis will evolve or change between now and then. We will be watching the crisis closely and will make relevant decisions as the facts present themselves. As of this moment, we wanted to let our attendees know that currently we are still going forward as planned for IPAHW 2020 to happen on its original dates in July. The board will again note that as we approach the event, things could change. Until we have more information, we encourage "best practices" to keep yourself healthy. We will keep you informed as the spread of the virus is monitored, and we again thank you for your support from the bottom of our hearts.
With this all being said, we wanted to let all attendees know that we do have a contingency plan and dates officially set and ready to go “if” we have to make the decision to postpone IPAHW 2020 to later in the year. Those dates will be Oct 16th-18th, 2020 at the same hotel, The Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN.
From all of all us at IPAHW, we are very excited for this year’s IPAHW and all the amazing plans we have in store for all our attendees.
Stay safe and all the love!
- Pup Kona, Sir Justin, and Pup Tripp
The host hotel is sold out!
There is a race the same weekend at the Speedway; please utilize alternative lodging options in the area.
Check back frequently for further updates.
Mission Statement & Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
International Puppy and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) is committed to making its events a safe and welcoming environment. IPAHW wants each attendee to understand that consent, inclusion, and safety are active choices and not just passive assumptions. Our space is open and welcoming to any and all Human Pets, Trainer/Handlers, Admirers, and those expressing curiosity about the scene in a respectful manner. To help with this understanding, we have put together a few basic guidelines and things to consider:
Always ask for permission to touch people and/or their property. To help make things easier, IPAHW has provided two color-coded wristbands. Green means 'hugs and social touching is ok.' Red means, 'ask before any physical contact. If someone is without a wristband or their wristband isn't visible, always assume that verbal consent is required. Sexual or suggestive contact should always be negotiated.
This space is provided to help explore and enjoy the Human Pet scene. Those who share our space need to be aware that there may be blatant displays of kink and sexuality. If this kind of open environment is of concern, we would recommend that you not attend.
Discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated.
Do not shame the interests of others (sexual or otherwise) in word, action, or behaviour.
Do not shame people’s bodies or self expression in word, action or behaviour.
Do not photograph anyone who has not given you express consent. Be mindful that not everyone has the luxury of having home and work lives that are safe from discrimination. If you accidentally snap someone in the background, crop or edit them out. There is an event photographer who will be taking photos and doing their best to blur out those who do not consent.
Do not tag people on social media without their consent.
July 9-12, 2020
The Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center (2930 Waterfront Parkway) will again be the IPAHW host hotel. The Waterfront has a very long history of community support. We have negotiated a room rate that allows us to rent out the entire hotel from Thursday, July 9 - Sunday, July 12.
For 2020, the hotel rooms will be booked directly from our website. Payment is required in advance. Full refunds will be given for cancellations until July 1st.
**All site photos courtesy of Bruce Hardin