Grooming Competitions

The following IJA sanctioned grooming competitions will be featured at the Columbus Pet Expo.

 
 
 
 

Live Dog Grooming Competitions
Individual and the IJA Groom Bowl Teams

Types of Classes for Pure Breeds

Pure Breed or Mixed Breed to Achieve Conformation Trim Styles

  • Multitude of Coat Type Class Category

  • Curly Coat Type Class Category

  • Wire Coat Type Class Category

  • Sporting Coat Type Class Category

Individual Breed Class Category - Example Poodle, Bichon Frise, and Wire Fox Terrier

 
Types of Classes for Free Style

Pure Breed or Mixed Breed to Achieve Free Style Trims - Please, no conformation trim in this class.

  • Multitude of Coat Type Class Category

  • Curly Coat Type Class Category

  • Wire Coat Type Class Category

  • Sporting Coat Type Class Category

Anything goes in IJA Sanctioned Creative Styling Classes.

The purpose of creative styling competitions is to allow competitors to let their creativity run wild and take a walk on the wild side rather than the conservative side. Different classes for all levels of expertise are offered to encourage bathers, groomers, and stylists to participate. From expert to new, these competitions are definitely for you! Creative styling classes are open to all purebred and mixed breed dogs.

​IJA offers the Rescue Me Team Competitions for bathers, groomers, and stylists. The classes are divided by coat type, degree of difficulty, and type of technical skills required.

 

Types of Classes
  • Short & Sassy -  Designed for Bathers: Class Category for the Short, Smooth, Medium Smooth, and Nordic Coat Type Rescue Dogs

  • Furry & Fabulous -  Designed for Groomers: Class Category for the Medium Long, Rough Nordic, Rough Coat Type Rescue Dogs

  • Stacked & Styled -  Designed for Stylists: Class Category for the Wire, Curly, and Long and Flowing Coat Type Rescue Dogs

 

Live Dog Specialty Competition Classes

Poodle Specialty Class​

Competitors have four trim styles options to enter.

Show Trims: Must have a banded headpiece. First, Second, Third Place

Competition Trims: Topknot must be scissored. First, Second, Third Place

Banded Trims: All banded trims allowed. First, Second, Third Place

Asia Style Trims: All styles permitted. First, Second, Third Place​

A total of 16 points are awarded to the winners.

Competitors can go for the Best All-Around Canine Styling Specialist in Show Trims, Competition Trims, Banded Trims, or Asian Styling Trims

 
Clip and Snip - Clipper Competition​

​All Breeds Allowed!​

Sign up now to show off your clipping skills! You will have 50 Minutes of clipper work and 10 minutes of scissor work. Competitors are encouraged to pre-trim the sanitary,  the footpads, and the face and feet on a Poodle.  Cordless clippers, please.

 
State Team Sparring Matches

State teams can test their skills in sparring matches. These will be held during the competitions.

Model Dog Grooming Competitions

 
Model Dog Pure Breed coat-types and Poodle trim styles:
  • Pure Breed Trims in the Multitude of Coat Type

  • Pure Breed Trims in the Curly Coat Type

  • Pure Breed Trims in the Wire Coat Type 

  • Pure Breed Trims in the Sporting Coat Type

  • Poodle Trim Styles

Model Dog Free Style  coat-types and Poodle trim styles:
  • Free Style Trims in the Multitude of Coat Type

  • Free Style Trims in the Curly Coat Type

  • Free Style Trims in the Wire Coat Type 

  • Free Style Trims in the Sporting Coat Type

  • Free Style Trims on Poodles

Model Dog Creative Styling Competition 
Anything and Everything Goes!

 

Create objects, design places, and holiday themes. Create real-life and imaginary animals and beautiful gardens from around the world. Compete with all model dogs’ colors and add on attachments you need to create the most wow presentation in a model dog class!

Model Dog Specialty Competition Class

Model Dog Show & Tell Competition & Seminar

Competitors will follow the same rules, policies, and procedures for the competitions except for the time frame to complete their work that IJA will extend one hour to give time for discussions with questions and answers. The seminar time frame is four hours with breaks.

At the end of the competition seminar, the attendees and judges choose the best teacher and the best-finished trim and place the rest. The IJA Show & Tell Competition Seminars will be one of the most intense learning experiences for the competitor and seminar attendee in your career.

Competitors must be active IJA members and ranked Level 3 Expert or Level 4 Specialist on the trim style to participate in the IJA Show & Tell Competition Seminar. All competitors must pay the competition entry fee to maintain the integrity of the competition.