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IJA Technical Skills Challenge

Create the Perfect Picture DURING the Grooming and Styling 

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

It’s All About the Class!

Best Handstripping and Carding Artist 


Hand Strip and Card Your Way to Stardom Showing Safe and Gentle Techniques with Safety for the Pet and the Professional at All Times!

Take the title of the Best Hand Stripping & Carding Artist of the Year!

  • Secure your competition dog on the grooming table professionally and compassionately, keeping safety for the pet and the professional in mind at all times. 

  • Choose various stripping tools and techniques to create expressions and profiles with different coat growth patterns.

  • Apply your technical skills using a continuous and fluid movement 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

Time Frame: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

1 Hour 20 Minutes Hand Stripping and Carding Work

10 minutes Scissoring, Thinning or Clipping


Judging Considerations

Judging considerations will be on technical skills and application of the 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 safety and handling of the pet and the professional image of the competitor. 


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

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