DGAWA Grooming Competition Rules

CONTAINMENT
Due to health and safety for all attending, all dogs must be suitably contained and/or restrained at all times. Dogs must be crated when not in competition (one dog per crate please). All crates must contain, at a minimum, a water bowl with fresh clean water and comfortable bedding. Crates must be large enough for the dog to comfortably sit, stand and lay down. All dogs are to be on a fixed length (not flexi) lead when not crated and not be left on lead unattended. No dogs are to be left unattended on tables. Any dogs left unattended will result in immediate disqualification.  All dogs not being competed with at the time must be crated out of the competition area.

STRESS
Competitors may be asked to stop if their dogs are exhibiting signs of stress or discomfort, and may also be asked to remove the dog from the venue.  All dogs must be a minimum of 10 months old to be in the competition.

SAFETY
Aggressive dogs are not permitted in the competition as every person and dog are entitled to feel safe and secure. Any dog that exhibits any sign of aggression towards other dogs (them instigating) or towards people will be removed from the venue immediately. Do not let dogs approach and meet at any time unless both handlers agree prior to dogs meeting. All dogs must be healthy and exhibit no signs of illness. Any dogs exhibiting signs of illness will be removed from the venue immediately.  Only therapy dogs with public access passes are allowed at workshops/competitions and must be crated to avoid distraction of other dogs.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
All competitors must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes, but is not limited to, an appropriate unbranded grooming jacket, apron or smock, knee length or longer pants, enclosed rubber-soled shoes and hair tied away from the face.

PREPARATION
Dogs must be prepared prior to the competition. This means bathing, blow-drying, and all wash-out dyes must be completed prior to arrival at the premises. Bathing on the morning is recommended for most coats but your dog must be dry before arrival. All styling, clipping and scissoring is to be done during the competition. There is no minimum length, but your dog must have enough coat to show a difference before and after. Only the feet (pads), face (eyes) and sanitary areas can be pre-trimmed. Face and feet may be pre-trimmed in the poodle class only.

REGISTRATION
You must register upon arrival to be provided with a number and space. You must set up a crate ready for your dog if needed, toilet and prepare your pet.

EQUIPMENT
Competitors are required to provide their own grooming table, and equipment. Correct industry standard appropriate grooming equipment is to be used. Please let us know if you need a power point for your clippers, although we do recommend using cordless clippers. All electrical corded equipment must be tested and tagged. For each dog in attendance you must provide one adequately ventilated and sized crate, a lead, comfortable bedding, one water bowl, poo bags, any dietary requirements or treats. Please bring a bin bag to keep your area clean for OHS reasons.  You may also bring along anything else you think your dog or you may need to make your day easier, that will not distract the dogs in the competition ring (i.e. no squeaky balls). No technology is to be used in the grooming area including phones. Photos may be taken prior to prejudging, and after prizes have been presented.  Food and drink are not supplied for competitors or spectators, so please organise your own prior.

DISQUALIFICATION
Instant disqualification will occur when, but is not limited to, any competitor who handles a dog in a rough or unkind manner, leaves a dog unattended on a table or uses products that may cause injury or harm to the dog or others. Disqualification may occur if a competitor chooses to continue plucking, scissoring or clipping after the allocated finish/break time.

PROFESSIONAL IMAGE
Groomers must conduct themselves in a professional way at all times i.e. no profanity or foul language, a positive attitude and body language. Please be respectful and refrain from talking loudly at any time during the competition. Please wear unbranded grooming apparel. No smoking, alcohol or food is allowed in the grooming area.

Groomers must maintain an organised and safe styling area, refraining from leaving scissors on the table, and taking up an excessive amount of space. Grooming equipment must remain under the table.

Photos will be taken on the day. You will need to ask permission to use the photos taken by Dog Groomers Association of Western Australia.

TOILET BREAKS
There will be a ten minute break during the competition where competitors will be broken up into two groups and go separately. Dogs must be toileted and provided water at this time. If you or your dog need to take a break at any time during the competition, this will not be added to your time. Please notify the steward quietly.

JUDGING
The judge reserves the right to decide whether or not a competitor receives a place, even if competing alone in a class or group.

TERRIER CATEGORY
Terriers may be hand stripped or clipped or a combination of both. In this category, you must show your understanding of the terrier coat by demonstrating hand stripping or carding technique. Judging is based on breed standard, pattern, technique, handling, overall change of appearance, and safety. Use of show standard products permitted, though not to excess.

Time allocations:
Up to 30cm: 1.5 hours
30cm +: 2 hours
Hand stripping: 2 hours

ASIAN FUSION
This category is aimed to show how well you can style pets to Asian inspired grooming which entails clipping and trimming of a dog with flair. You may have seen the Japanese grooming books where dogs’ head and face are fluffy, round or very long ears, flared legs and hair plaits etc. Hair plaits, bows, bowties, hair extensions, spraying up of hair is allowed. These must be easily removed and cruelty free. All spray products must be easily combed through by the judge. Hot curling or straightening irons are not permitted.

Time allocations:
Up to 30cm: 1.5 hours
30cm +: 2 hours

SALON FREESTYLE
To high quality styling you see in salon, with your own flair and creativity in mind, using your clippers and scissors. You may also decide to correct your dog’s faults by clipping and leaving hair where needed. Cannot be to breed standard but you can change one breed to look like another. Judging will be based on balance of all grooming, creativity, degree of difficulty, technical skills and safety.

Time allocations:
Up to 30cm: 1.5 hours
30cm +: 2 hours

PUREBRED SCISSOR
A pure breed dog that is groomed according to conformation and ANKC standards. This dog may be comb or blade clipped and finished with scissors. This applies to all that are not included in the poodle, gundog or terrier classes. These dogs are not traditionally hand stripped for show or are not a poodle.

Judging will be based on conformation, balance, quality of scissoring, degree of difficulty and handling of pet.

Time allocations:
Up to 30cm: 1.5 hours
30cm +: 2 hours
All dogs that are completely hand scissored (no clipping) will receive 2 hours

POODLES
The poodle must be groomed to ANKC guidelines in any pure breed poodle trim such as the continental, German, puppy clip, English saddle trim, etc. You will not receive extra time for specific trims so please choose what you believe you can do in allocated time. Poodle face, feet and sanitary areas may be pre-clipped before the day. All other trimming and scissoring must be done in the competition ring. Spraying up will be included in your time and not extra. Sprays and chalks are allowed, but the judge must be able to comb if needed. A clean poodle face, moustache or beard are permitted in this class.

Time allocations:
Up to 30cm: 1.5 hours
30cm +: 2 hours

GUNDOGS
Gundogs are dogs that are pure breed according to ANKC guidelines and must be groomed to imitate a show dog to ANKC standard as close as possible. You may use plucking, hand stripping, carding, clippers, thinning, and scissoring to achieve this look. Chalks may be used, as long as they don’t rub off on judge’s hands. Bald patches and red areas are undesirable.

Time allocations:
Up to 30cm: 1.5 hours
30cm +: 2 hours
Hand stripping: 2 hours

CREATIVE STYLING
Creative styling may include adding of accessories such as extensions, dying of fur, cutting of coat, or creative trimming. Examples of products to use include pet dyes, glitter glues, nail polish, blow pens, hair chalk, feather and hair extensions. All dyes must be pet friendly or pet safe. No bleaching or ‘lifting’ of colour, hot glues, or anything inhibiting the pet from moving, seeing or hearing will not be allowed, and may result in disqualification. All semi-permanent and wash out dyes must be done prior to the competition. Only the feet, face and sanitary areas are allowed to be pre-trimmed. All ‘scissoring in’ of coats must be done in the ring. Temporary dyes, accessories and chalks can be added in the ring. Judging is based on most creativity and execution quality.

Time allocations:
Up to 30cm: 1.5 hours
30cm +: 2 hours

RESCUE ROUND UP
You must register upon arrival to be provided with a grooming model and number. You must set up a crate ready for your dog and line up at a designated trailer for preparation of your pet. Dogs must be prepped, bathed and blow-dried by yourself at the venue in the morning. Mobile vans and shampoo will be supplied. You will need to supply your own brushes etc. and towels. Your dog must be dry before arrival in the ring.

You will be removed from the competition or asked to stop if any safety issues occur with the dogs’ temperament, stress, or medical issues arise. Misuse of equipment in the designated trailer will mean movement to another trailer or removal from event. Please listen carefully to the trailer owner’s instructions.

Judges will be looking at handling of pet, preparation of coat, transformation, and overall appearance.

You will be given two hours to finish your groom.

 

For any questions about the rules or which class your breed must enter, please email events@dgawa.com.au