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IJA Top Dog Technical Skills Challenge

The Show Off Awards

Create the Perfect Picture 

Professional and Pet during Grooming and Styling 

With Skills Like These, You Need to Be in the Movies 

Because You Are So Awesome

It’s All About the Class! The Best Clipping, Scissoring, and Hand Stripping Artist of the Show

Designed for Coat Types Requiring Three Techniques

Mixed or Pure Breeds

Time to Take the IJA Technical Skills Challenge and Clip, Scissor and Snip, Hand Strip, and Card Your Way to Achieve the Title of the Best Combination of Technical Skills Artist of the Year in the USA!


Show Off Your Elite Skills and Professional Application of the clipper, scissors, thinners, chunkers, hand stripping, and carding tools with safety for the pet and the professional in mind at all times during the technical procedures.  


  • Utilize your tools as a sculpting method to create shapes and sizes to achieve beautiful expressions and profiles. 


  • Choose a variety of tools and techniques to trim the coat to create intricate lines and coat growth patterns on 


  • Apply your technical skills using a continuous and fluid movement working around the competition dog, creating a visual of completing all tasks with ease. 


  • Consider your best routines and procedures to effectively and efficiently complete each task exhibiting excellent time management and compassion for the pet. 


  • Present a professional workstation with organized and well-maintained tools. 


  • Dress to impress by wearing grooming attire that compliments and enhances the overall visual. 


Sign Up Now to Show Off Your Skills to Complete the Perfect Picture of the Professional and the Pet During the Grooming and Styling Process with 1 Hour 30 Minutes using a combination of all three technical skills requirements.


Time Frame: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

1 Hour 30 Minutes Must Utilize Combination of Clipping, Hand-stripping, Carding and Scissoring Technical Skills


Judging Considerations

Judging considerations will be on technical skills and application of the clipping tools, handling and interaction with the competition dog during the tasks, and the overall finish achieved at the end of the competition. Expression, profile, balance, and symmetry are also judging considerations.


The amount of coat removed and the type of trim style achieved will be considered. The difficulty factors will also be considered; however, the trim must be achieved without compromising the pet's safety and handling and the professional image of the competitor. 


The competition attire, work station organization and sanitation, the condition of tools, and the competitor's interaction with the competition dog from start to finish are part of the evaluation. 

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