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Hello IJA Competitors, Judges, and Sponsors


Due to circumstances out of our control in 2022, we had to change the dates and the locations for our competitions. These changes have created timing and location issues with many of our competitors and judges with their busy preplanned schedules. It has been very difficult to come up with dates and locations accommodating everyone. We have received all of your concerns and questions and suggestions on these issues, and we understand.


To solve this problem, we feel the only solution is for IJA to close down the remainder of the 2022 competition year and start fresh for 2023.


We have designed a new format that will offer fun and exciting competitions for 2023 and will share the information in the next few weeks with dates for 2023.

IJA will also conduct meetings at Nash Academy at the September and November Event for the international competition in 2023 in South Korea at the Korean Kennel Club Event in April. If you have qualified previously, please contact us at hello@IJAonline.com to let us know if you are interested in attending in 2023.


 IJA will open a Facebook Event for the 2023 April Show.  This event is for the IJA Model Dog and Live Dog Competitors. 


The IJA Team thanks everyone for their patience and efforts to attend our events. It is so appreciated, and we understand the dilemma everyone was having with a full calendar this year and hope this helps. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

2022 Sponsors

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IJA Partners




To Standardize and Promote Fair and Equitable Placement of Contestants in Professional Dog Grooming Competitions, Agreed Upon and Accepted by a Panel of Three or More IJA Judges



Established in 1998 by Vivian and John Nash, world known pet industry speakers, grooming competition judges and owners of the Nash Academy, the dog grooming school with an international reputation for excellence in the art of training bathers, groomers and stylists.


It was the quest for a panel system of judging, a system for training judges, including continued educational programs, and the need to standardize judging and ring procedures, that motivated two industry icons, Vivian and John Nash, to create the International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competition. 


The International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competitions offers a Professional Division and a Pet Lovers Division to create a place for everyone in the IJA Competition Arena. 

The Professional Division is designed  to score, rank, evaluate and qualify  stylists around the world to compete in state, regional, national and world competitions. Competitors receive a score, certification title and rank of a Level 1 Novice, Level 2 Master, Level 3 Expert or Level 4 Specialists in coat type categories. 

The Pet Lovers Division mimics the Professional Division with the same policies and procedures and is designed for local organizations to utilize the IJA to oversee their contests. The Pet Lovers Division is designed to create an environment to encourage all pet lovers to experience the thrill of competing with man's best friend.  





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