Good Morning America's 'Dog Vs. Dog' Contest Official Rules

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Send 'GMA' Video of Your Dog's Best Tricks

Read the official rules for Good Morning America's "Dog vs. Dog" Contest below and then CLICK HERE to enter.


Eligibility Guidelines:

Entrants must be legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States or the District of Columbia. If chosen as a finalist, you and your dog must be available to travel to New York City to appear on "Good Morning America" during the week of June 17 – June 21, 2013. Minors may enter, but if selected as finalists to appear on Good Morning America, each minor and dog must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to New York City.

Contest sponsored by Good Morning America ("Show") and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ("Sponsor").

Any individuals (including but not limited to employees, consultants, independent contractors, and interns) who have, within the past six months, performed services for Good Morning America ("GMA"), American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ("ABC"), any organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest or supplying the prize, and their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or play. "Immediate family members" shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.

Contest Entry Period: Good Morning America's "Dog vs. Dog" Contest (the "Contest") entry period begins 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on 05/31/13 and ends at 3:00 p.m. ET on 06/14/13 (the "Contest Period"). Sponsor computer is the official clock for this Contest.

How to Enter: In an essay not to exceed 100 words in length, tell us about the trick your dog can perform, and why that trick is so special. Submit the essay, along with a photo of yourself and your dog, and a video, no more than two minutes in length, of your dog performing the trick. Entrants must have full rights to use any photos and videos submitted; photos and videos may not be the protected works of another party; entries submitted with inappropriate or offensive photos or videos will be immediately disqualified. Multiple entries per e-mail address are permitted.

During the Entry Period, you may enter by going to and completing and submitting an online entry form. There you will find instructions on the appropriate and acceptable file formats and sizes for submitting your entry electronically. Free internet access is available at most public libraries.

Judging Procedure, Notification and Semi-Finalists Judging:

Eligible entries will be judged on the basis of potential for on-air appeal, compelling nature of the trick and overall readability of essay. Decisions of the judges are final as to all contest-related matters. Six semi-finalists will be selected.

In the event of a tie, entrants with the highest scores in the compelling nature of the trick category will be declared the semi-finalists. In the event that any of the semi-finalists or their dogs is deemed ineligible, fails to comply with Contest procedures, or is not available to participate as specified, then the first runner-up will be selected to participate, time permitting.

Potential semi-finalists will be notified on or about June 16, 2013.

On June 17, 18 and 19, 2013, videos and/or photos of two different semi-finalists dogs performing their tricks will be aired each day on "Good Morning America". Viewers will be asked to vote for their favorite of the two dogs from each day. Voting is available on Voting will run through 3 pm ET each day. The dog with the most votes from each day's face-off ("Finalist") will be announced the following day on "Good Morning America".

On June 20, 2013, "Good Morning America" will broadcast a recap of the three finalists and invite viewers to vote for their favorite dog on between 9 am ET on June 20, 2013 and 8:30 am ET on June 21, 2013.

The three finalists and their entrants will be on "Good Morning America" on June 21, 2013, at which time the winner of the Dog vs. Dog contest will be announced.


The owner of the dog which receives the top vote on each of those three days is considered a finalist. The three finalists and their dogs will be asked to travel to New York City for the live finale on Good Morning America on Friday, June 21, 2013. The prize consists of roundtrip air travel for the owner and dog between a major airport closest to the finalist's home and a New York City area airport, roundtrip ground transportation between the New York City area airport and the New York City hotel, and one night's accommodation for the owner and dog in a New York City hotel. If the entrant is a minor, the prize will include travel and hotel accommodations for the minor, the dog, and one parent or guardian. Finalists and dogs residing within 200 miles of New York City will be provided ground transportation to and from New York City.

Finalists are not entitled to exchange or transfer prizes or to obtain cash or other substitutes, but Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Federal, state and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the finalists, who will receive an IRS Form 1099 reflecting the final actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more. If won by a minor, prize will be awarded in parent's or guardian's name. All expenses not included in the prizing information above are the responsibility of the finalists. The approximate retail value of each prize is $2560.

The portion of the prize that may consist of an appearance on Good Morning America is subject to availability. Sponsor is not responsible for cancellation or preemption of show or for other circumstances that make it impractical or impossible to fulfill this element of the prize. This element of the prize has no approximate retail value, and if it becomes impractical or impossible to fulfill this element, Sponsor's only obligation will be to provide the remainder of prize.


By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsor/Judges, which shall be final in all respects. By entering the Contest, entrants agree to execute any and all paperwork requested by the Sponsor which may include, but is not limited to, a background check prior to any on-line or on air appearance of entrant, nominee or entrant's submission or related materials.

All submissions will become the sole property of ABC, which may reprint or otherwise exploit the entry in any manner, in any media. Entrant may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, release and indemnification within seven days of notification of winning. By participating in this contest and accepting any prize that they may win, entrants agree to release American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., its parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this contest and/or acceptance or use of any prize.

Entrants authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data, city and state of residence and entry materials in programming or promotional material in any and all media currently in existence or hereafter created, worldwide in perpetuity, or on a finalists'/winner's list, if applicable, without further compensation unless prohibited by law. Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the above mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at Sponsor's sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation.

By submitting entry materials, entrants certify that such materials are original and created by entrant, that entrants have the necessary rights, permission and authority to submit such materials, and, if applicable, that entrants maintain a valid copyright in the materials. Entrants acknowledge that such materials may be included and/or discussed in a broadcast, that such discussion may include statements or opinions by the broadcast talent or others about the entrants, the entrants' appearances and/or the materials, and that those statements and opinions may be considered surprising, humiliating, embarrassing, derogatory, defamatory or otherwise offensive or injurious to them, Sponsor's employees, its studio or at-home audience and/or other third parties. Entrants release the Released Parties from any actions, claims, injury, loss or damage allegedly caused, directly or indirectly, by any such statements or opinions made during a broadcast.

Sponsor is not responsible for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software. If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web-site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials from this contest. In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, prize will be awarded to the owner of the e-mail account, not the name on the entry form.

To claim prize: (a) finalist must provide proof of age, identity and residency and (b) finalist must sign and return affidavit of eligibility/compliance with rules, publicity/liability release and indemnification.

Miscellaneous; Winner Posting:

Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify and/or suspend the contest in the event of tampering or other circumstances, including but not limited to acts of God or civil disturbance that render it impractical or impossible to complete or fulfill the contest as originally planned.

Official rules will be posted on; the name of the winner is available by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Dog vs Dog contest, ABC News, Room 616, 7 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023. All requests must be postmarked by July 15, 2013.