PURE BREED AND FREE STYLE CONTEST JUDGING CONSIDERATION

Preparation of Competition Dog

Competitors are evaluated on the preparation of the competition dog.

Judging Considerations

  • Skin and Coat Care - Coat freshly shampooed and dried, brushed, combed and free of matts. Skin appears healthy, free of any skin irritations.

  • Hand stripped coat clean and dry, free of chalk and other products. Skin appears healthy, free of any skin irritations.

  • Ear Care - Ears cleaned and free of odor. Ear hair, if any, odor free and not matted. Area around ear canal opening can be trimmed. No other trimming permitted.

  • Foot Care - Hair between the pads, if applicable for the breed, can be trimmed. Toenails trimmed and filed with a well maintained appearance. No other trimming permitted.

  • Sanitary Care - Trimmed around rectum, genital and stomach, if applicable. No other trimming permitted.

 

Score and Rank

Specialist - Exceptional prep on skin and coat, eyes, ears, feet and sanitary.

Expert - Excellent prep on skin and coat, eyes, ears, feet and sanitary.

Master - Very good prep on skin and coat, eyes, ears, feet and sanitary.

Novice - Good prep on skin and coat, eyes, ears, feet and sanitary.

 

Skin and Coat Products

Competitors are evaluated on product knowledge and application. Product sprays, creams and styling gels are limited to what is typically utilized in the conformation show ring and grooming salon. Products create texture, volume and hold coat in place and are used to straighten and prevent breaking coat during brushing and combing. Products must not rub off on the judge's hands during the technical evaluation. They may be applied prior to competition, during competition or during final  presentations.

GOTO: IJA Products Safety Data Sheet

 

Judging Considerations - Products

Did competitor use product correctly for the coat type? Did competitor enhance or hinder texture of coat to achieve the ultimate finish?

 

Score and Rank

Specialist - Product knowledge and application and knowledge of a Level 4

Expert - Product knowledge and application and knowledge of a Level 3.

Master - Product application and knowledge of a Level 2

Novice - Product application and finish of a Level 1.

 

Technical Finish

Competitors are evaluated on overall application of technical skills and technical finish. Clippering, snap-on-combs, vacuum grooming systems, scissoring, thinning, handstripping, plucking and carding techniques are permitted. Curling and flat irons are permitted. Singeing of the coat is not permitted. GOTO:IJA Technical Skills Safety Data Sheet

  • Bathing Coat properly bathed.

  • Drying Coat properly dried.

  • Brushing Coat properly brushed.

  • Combing Coat properly combed.

  • Handstripping Coat properly handstripped, no bare spots or skin irritations.

  • Plucking Coat even with no bare spots.

  • Carding Coat even with no bare spots or skins irritations.

  • Clippering Coat smooth without tracks. Clipper lines sharp and precise.

  • Thinning Coat blended on transition lines - bulk thinned to reduce volume.

  • Scissoring Coat scissored smooth with precise lines.

 

Judging Considerations

  • Did competitor maintain proper body position during technical applications?

  • Did competitor maintain proper body position of the pet during technical applications?

  • Did competitor use all tools properly?

  • Did competitor choose the right tool for the job?

  • Did competitor use proper technique with scissors, thinners and clippers?

  • Did competitor apply all technical skills with safety?

 

Score and Rank

Specialist - Technique, application and finish of a Level 4 Competitor.

Expert - Technique, application and finish of a Level 3 Competitor.

Master - Technique, application and finish of a Level 2 Competitor.

Novice - Technique, application and finish of a Level 1 Competitor.

 

Expression and Profile - Pure Breed Classes

Competitors are evaluated on expression and profile of competition dog when viewed from front, rear, side and top of competition dog.  

 

Judging Considerations:

  • Did competitor achieve proper expression for pure breed?

  • Did competitor achieve proper profile for pure breed?

  • Did competitor achieve proper balance?

  • Did competitor achieve symmetry?

  • Did competitor correct structure faults to create proper expression for breed?

 

Score and Rank

Specialist - Expression and profile achievements of a Level 4 Competitor.

Expert - Expression and profile achievements of a Level 3 Competitor.

Master - Expression and profile achievements of a Level 2 Competitor.

Novice - Expression and profile achievements of a Level 1 Competitor.

 

Expression and Profile - Free Style Classes

  • Competitors are evaluated on overall expression and profile created on the competition dog when viewed from front, rear, side and top of competition dog.

  • Competitors are evaluated on the creativity of the design on a mixed breed or pure breed. Is it unique?

  • Competitors are evaluated on the ability to achieve a different pure breed expression and profile on another pure breed.

  • Competitors are evaluated on the ability to make a mixed breed look like a pure breed.

 

Judging Considerations:

  • Did competitor achieve expression and profile best suited for the individual dog?

  • Did competitor achieve expression and profile of a pure breed on a mixed breed?

  • Did competitor achieve a very unique trim style?

  • Did competitor achieve proper profile for breed?

  • Did competitor achieve balance?

  • Did competitor achieve symmetry?

  • Did competitor correct structure faults?

 

Score and Rank

Specialist - Expression and profile achievements of a Level 4 Competitor.

Expert - Expression and profile achievements of a Level 3 Competitor.

Master - Expression and profile achievements of a Level 2 Competitor.

Novice - Expression and profile achievements of a Level 1 Competitor.

 

Degree of Difficulty - Length of Coat

Competitors are evaluated on length of coat or the number of weeks since the last overall grooming to determine the degree of difficulty achieved.

 

2 - 4 weeks of coat growth

2 - 4 weeks of coat growth

4 - 6 weeks of coat growth

6 - 8 weeks of coat growth

8 - 10 weeks of coat growth

10 - 12 weeks of coat growth

Over 12 weeks of coat growth

 

Degree of Difficulty - Pre Set Pattern

Competitors are evaluated on percent of profile created before and during competition. Competitor must make distinct change in dog's overall appearance when viewed from front, side, rear and top.

 

Judging Considerations

100% Expression and profile achieved during competition time frame.

75%   Expression and profile achieved during competition time frame.

50%   Overall expression and profile achieved during time frame.

25%   Overall expression and profile achieved during time frame.

 

Score and Rank

Specialist - 100% Expression and profile achieved during competition time frame.

Expert - 75% Expression and profile achieved during competition time frame.

Master - 50% Overall expression and profile achieved during time frame.

Novice - 25% Overall expression and profile achieved during time frame.

 

Degree of Difficulty -  Intricacy of Trim Style

Competitors are evaluated on the intricacy and difficulty of the trim style.

Judging Considerations

  • Achieved very intricate and difficult trim style design.

  • Achieved advanced and difficult trim style design.

  • Achieved moderate trim with moderate difficulty to achieve trim style.

  • Achieved average trim style with average design.

 

Score and Rank

Specialist - Created design and achieved degree of difficulty of a specialist.

Expert - Created design and achieved degree of difficulty of an expert.

Master - Created design and achieved degree of difficulty of a master.

Novice - Created design and achieved degree of difficulty of a novice.

 

Presentation to the Judges

Competitors must prepare for final presentation to the judges and audience. Table must be clean and free of hair and tools. Competitors must present competition dog to judges for final evaluations.

 

Judging Considerations

  • Did competitor clean table and remove all tools?

  • Did competitor organize overall work space to appear professional?

  • Did competitor achieve a professional presentation?

  • Did competitor present the competition dog properly?

  • Did competitor stack dog properly?

  • Did competitor prepare dog for profile evaluations after technical evaluation?

 

Score and Rank

Overall workstation and presentation of a specialist!

Overall workstation and presentation of an expert!

Overall workstation and presentation of a master!

Overall workstation and presentation of a novice!

 

Professionalism

Competitors are judged on professionalism from check in time to final judging.

 

Judging Considerations

Image - Did the competitor present a picture perfect image at all times with facial and body language showing a passion for the art of bathing, grooming and styling man's best friend?

Rapport - Did competitor display excellent rapport with competition dog and exhibit professional handling at all times to create a professionally poised competitor and competition dog?

 

Sportsmanship - Did competitor present a professional sportsmanship performance treating all competitors and competition dogs with kindness to promote a calm, composed competitor and competition dog.

 

Safety - Did competitor present and promote safety for the professional and the competition dog when applying technical skills?

 

Score and Rank

Specialist in the art of styling man's best friend with professionalism.

Expert in the art of styling man's best friend with professionalism.

Master in the art of styling man's best friend with professionalism.

Novice in the art of styling man's best friend with professionalism.

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