Contest Dog Preparation: Prior to competition start, the dog should be clean, dry and free of mats. Nails should be clipped and/or filed and ears clean. Sanitary and pads may be trimmed. Colouring, other than to enhance the natural colour of the coat is prohibited. (CREATIVE & MODEL DOG CLASSES EXCLUDED)


For all Classes: Ring opens at least 30 minutes prior to prejudge. Contestants must be present for prejudging or they will not be permitted to compete.

Check Grooming Schedule for time.


Coat Growth: Six weeks or more coat growth is recommended. However, as some dogs grow coat more quickly than others, adequate coat growth is defined as enough coat to make a distinct change in the dog’s appearance. Rolled or rotated coats are permitted in the hand stripped breeds, but must be adequate to make a distinct change in the dog’s appearance. (CREATIVE & MODEL DOG CLASSES EXCLUDED)


Products and Product Application: Chalk may be applied prior to or during the completion time period to aid in hand stripping or enhance coat colour. It should be used sparingly and should not rub off on the judge’s hands. It is prohibited to apply after time is called. Hairsprays, finishing sprays and gels may be applied before or during the competition time period. Once time is called, sprays are limited to minor application. Re-shaping, such as the marcelled Kerry Blue coat or spray-up of the show Poodle headpiece is prohibited.


Decorative Objects and Wigs: Hair extensions of the same coat colour of the dog may be applied during the time period of the competition. Decorative objects such as bows and scarves are prohibited with the exception of acceptable show ring applications such as those that are applied to the Maltese, Shih Tzu and Yorkie and must be applied during the competition time period. (CREATIVE & MODEL DOG CLASSES EXCLUDED)


Contest Dog Qualifications: The competition dog must be: Fully vaccinated, age appropriate for competition (recommendation is between the ages of 1 and 10 years), appear healthy, free of disease, open wounds, injuries and parasites, must not show obvious signs of pregnancy or nursing, must not show signs of aggression or viciousness, must be leashed when not crated or not being groomed, and must never be left unattended.


Pre-Judging: Judge will evaluate the dogs at pre-judge, prior to the contest start, to confirm the following: dog is entered in the correct class, confirm the allotted time, confirm correct division, confirm sufficient coat growth, preparation, and suitability of dog for contesting. Judge will make notation of specific information supplied by the contestant such as missing coat, scars, warts, healing injuries, etc.


Assistance during the competition: The contestant should notify the ring steward immediately if they need assistance during the competition.
Groomers who require an assistant to help secure or hold a dog are permitted on the condition of no coaching, suggestions or edits to be made by the assistant. 


Contest Break: A mandatory break will take place during the competition. The time and length of the break will be announced at the beginning of each class.

All contestants and dogs must proceed as a group to the designated break area.

Toilet break opportunity available for both contestant and dogs.

Assistants may be present to move dogs for groomer’s inspection or hold them while the groomer uses the bathroom.

Judges are available to hold or move dogs if no assistant is available.

Any discussion with regard to dogs or grooming is prohibited and could be construed as coaching, which could possibly result in disqualification of offending contestants. Please instruct assistants not to speak about grooming.

A member of the judging team will announce the time to return to the competition arena and the group will proceed together.

No grooming or styling of any kind is permitted while on the break.

An announcement will be made when grooming can resume and the group will resume grooming at the same time.


Contest End: Contestants should clear table of hair, tools and equipment and place a comb on the table and then stack and present their dog to the judge.


Final Judging: Judge will evaluate the following: Balance, symmetry, uniformity and style of the trim. For purebred dogs, adherence to breed profile and standard. For Freestyle Styling, the ability of the groomer to create the best possible profile for the dog chosen, according to his/her body type, structure and coat. For scissored dogs, the plush overall appearance without scissor marks, unevenness or unintended protruding coat.

For Hand stripped and/or carded dogs, proper technique to achieve smooth and natural appearance. Clipper work should be smooth and free of irritation. Edges such as the feet of the Cocker or Poodle should show tidy bevels. The difficulty with regard to the amount of coat removed, whether a pattern is created or followed, difficulty of the coat type, texture, quality and quantity, the difficulty with regard to correcting conformation faults and accentuating profile attributes.


Competitor Protocol: Appropriate grooming attire and shoes should be worn at all times. Low cut shirts or pants, tight shorts or very short skirts and open shoes are considered inappropriate. Professional manner, attitude and good sportsmanship must be practiced at all times.

These attributes are displayed when a competitor respects fellow competitors, judges and the contest dogs. Professional conduct is also carried into the care and responsibility of the contest dogs, venue and grounds of the venue.


Application of Professional Skills: Contestants must maintain a safe styling station at all times (open scissors left on the table for the dog to step on is an example of an unsafe styling station) practice safe handling techniques at all times, apply technical skills with safety. Nicks, cuts and clipper burns are considered unsafe technical skill application.


Strictly Prohibited in Contest Ring: Mobile phones, radios and headsets, hair dryers, flame devices or smoking, beverages not in spill proof containers, visual or written instructions, standing on tables or chairs, coaching by anyone at any time during the competition.


Equipment: Contestants must provide their own grooming equipment such as but not limited to: grooming tables and grooming arms, scissors, cordless clippers, blades, brushes, grooming loops, products, etc.

The use of cordless clippers is essential to reduce risks of trips and falls.


Warnings and Disqualifications: Judge and Event Staff will monitor the contestants during the competition to ensure a professional atmosphere is maintained. Warnings may be given for unprofessional image, unprofessional conduct, unsafe skill application, unsafe grooming station, unsafe animal handling, etc. A second warning may result in dismissal from the class. A third warning may result in dismissal from the entire event.


Grievance(s) will not be accepted after the close of the class, with the exception of sportsmanship issues, which must be submitted verbally prior to the close of the show and while all involved parties are on site.


Entrance Forms & Fees:  All entrance forms and payments are to be made by 29th July 2020.

Fees will not be refunded in the event that a contestant is late, absent, disqualified, or excused by the Judge or Event Staff.