CONTEST RING SAFETY

Professional Competitors commit themselves to values of fair play, honesty, courtesy and vigorous competition, as well as winning and losing with grace.

 

Professional Competitors understand that competition and civility go hand in hand and are able to appreciate the merit of their competition and the effort of the competitors.

 

Professional Competitors respect the rules and policies governing the IJA competition ring.

 

Professional Competitors turn down any opportunity to take personal advantage or positions offered or bestowed upon them.

 

Professional Competitors always consider the welfare of their dog as paramount.

 

Professional Competitors understand the importance of using only safe products and the importance of how to mix products safely for the pets.

 

Professional Competitors understand the importance of using only proper and well maintained tools and equipment with proper techniques.

 

Professional Competitors understand the importance of education regarding proper products, equipment and tools used in the competition ring and agree to participate in educational forums to better understand how to properly choose the best products, tools and equipment for bathing, grooming and styling man's best friend.

 

Professional Competitors must read and understand the policies and procedures of the Safety Data Sheets. If there are any questions or concerns, contact IJA. Not knowing or understanding the rules is not an acceptable excuse for failure to comply.

IJA Technical Skills Safety Data Sheet

All technical skills should be applied properly to maintain safety for competition dog and competitor. Improper use of tools or techniques during competition that would cause harm to dog or competitor is prohibited. Technical skills and techniques not listed must have prior approval from IJA.

Technical Skills Application & Finish

Tool: Brushes

Technical Skill:  Brushing

Brushes held and applied correctly to coat. Coat brushed properly with no tangles. Coat appears healthy, not broken.

No visual signs of skin irritation.

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Tool:Combs

Technical Skill: Combing

Combs held properly and applied to coat correctly. Coat combed properly with no tangles. No visual signs of skin irritation.

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Tool: Clippers

Technical Skill: Clippering

Clippers held properly and applied to coat correctly. Coat clippered properly. Coat smooth and even - no clipper marks. No visual signs of skin irritation due to hot blades  or blades that are not well maintained.

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Tool: Rakes

Technical Skill: Raking 

Rakes held properly and applied to coat correctly. Coat bulk thinned and undercoat removed properly. No visual signs of skin irritation due to excessive force or repetitive raking in one specific area. 

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IJA Coat Coloring Safety Data Sheet

Coat coloring products must be applied with safety for the competition dog and competitor. Improper use of a product, tool or technique during the competition that would cause harm to the dog or the competitor is prohibited. Great care must be taken around the eyes, ears and mouth when applying coloring products. Products not listed must have prior approval from judges. READ THE LABEL AND MIXING INSTRUCTIONS

All skin and coat care products must be applied with safety for competition dog and competitor. Improper use of products or techniques during competition that would cause harm to dog or competitor is prohibited. Products not listed must have prior approval from IJA.

Products Technical Skills Application & Finish

Product: Coloring Chalks

Some Artist Pastels contain pigments that are known to be toxic (Cadmium, Chrome, lead and Manganese) http://web.princeton.edu/sites/ehs/artsafety/sec10.htm

Technical Skill: Coloring coat with chalk.

Coat colored with chalk, using a powder, block or crayon type application.

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Product: Coloring Sprays

Technical Skill: Coloring coat with sprays.

Coat colored using temporary sprays.

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Product: Coloring Rinses

Technical Skill: Coloring coat with temporary color. Coat colored using temporary rinse.

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IJA Coat Decorative Safety Data Sheet

All decorative objects must be lightweight and secured or attached safely to skin and coat. Safety for competition dog and competitor is priority.Attaching decorative objects improperly to coat during competition that would cause harm to dog or competitor is prohibited. Decorative objects and techniques not listed must have prior approval from IJA.

All decorative objects must be safe to place on pet. Objects must not be large or bulky to cause physical harm to pet. Listed below are common types of objects applied.

Decorative objects are small and lightweight. Decorative objects must be applied safely around the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and sanitary areas. Typical decorative objects are:

Beads

Bows

Buttons

Feathers

Glitter

Rhinestones

Ribbons

Sequins

Product: Decorative object secured to coat with bead.

Technical Skill: Object and coat placed through eye of bead.

Bead is crimped to secure object to coat.

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Products: Decorative object secured to coat with clip. 

Technical Skill: Object and coat clipped together. Clip is fastened to secure object to coat.

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Product: Glue

Technical Skill: Objects secured with glue to coat.

 

Glues should be water soluble and Latex free – Super glue and weave glues are not permitted.

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Use of duct tape, carpet tape or other  product that may irritate skin or pull coat out  to remove objects is not permitted. Clips and techniques or devices used to secure objects to coat must be applied properly, especially on ears and tail to prevent catching skin. Hot glue guns not permitted.Any type of flame device not permitted.

 

**No living object, creature or thing allowed as decorative object in ring. For example a spider or bird.

 

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