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                General Rules 

Start of the Contest

There is a registration desk for all competitors to register. Registration opens 45 minutes prior to prejudge and contest start is 1 hour from registration time. All competitors are required to register and will be assigned their table and checked that their entry is correct. There will be a photo booth ( or equivalent ) set up to take "Before" photo's of your dog. It is your responsibility to have your dogs photo taken at your earliest convenience prior to pre judging. Contestants must be present for prejudging or they will not be permitted to compete. Check show schedule for times.Coat Growth: Six weeks or more coat growth is recommended; however, as some dogs grow coat more quickly than others, adequate coat growth is defined as enough coat to make a distinct change in the dog’s appearance. Rolled or rotated coats are permitted in the hand stripped breeds, but must be adequate to make a distinct change in the dog’s appearance.  Contest Dog Preparation: Prior to competition start, the dog should be clean, dry and free of mats. Nails should be clipped and/or filed and ears clean. Sanitary area and foot pads may be trimmed. Coloring, other than to enhance the natural color of the coat is prohibited, only non-toxic color and products may be used. Products and Product Application: Chalk may be applied prior to or during the completion time period to aid in hand stripping or enhance coat color. It should be used sparingly and should not rub off on the judge’s hands. It is prohibited to apply after time is called. Hair sprays, finishing sprays and gels may be applied during the competition time period. Contest Dog Qualifications:  The competition dog must be: Current on vaccinations as required by law, age appropriate for competition, (recommendation is between the ages of 1 and 10 years), appear healthy, free of disease, open wounds, injuries and parasites, must not show obvious signs of pregnancy or nursing, must not show signs of aggression or viciousness, must be leashed when not crated or not being groomed, must never be left unattended. Pre-Judging: Judges will evaluate the dogs at pre-judging, prior to the contest start, to confirm the following: dog is entered in the correct class, the allotted time for the breed, groomer is entered in the correct division, and there is sufficient coat growth, preparation, and suitability of dog for competition. Judge will make notation of specific information supplied by the contestant such as missing coat, scars, warts, healing injuries, etc. 
Contest End

Contestants should clear table of hair, tools and equipment and place a comb on the table and then stack and present their dog to the judge. Final Judging: judge will evaluate the following: Balance, symmetry, uniformity and style of the trim. Purebred dogs must adhere to breed profile and standard.  For scissored dogs, the plush overall appearance is to be without scissor marks, unevenness or unintended protruding coat. For Hand stripped and/or carded dogs, the proper technique is to achieve a smooth and natural appearance. Clipper work should be smooth and free of irritation. Edges such as the feet of the Cocker or Poodle should show tidy bevels. Judging applies to the difficulty with regard to the amount of coat removed, whether a pattern is created or followed, difficulty of the coat type, texture, quality and quantity, as well as the difficulty with regard to correcting conformation faults and accentuating profile attributes. After judging there will be "After" photo's taken of your dog. This will occur after your dog has been judged by your assigned judge at the completion of your class timeframe

.Competitor Protocol:  Appropriate grooming attire and shoes should be worn at all times, (low cut shirts or pants, tight shorts or very short skirts and flip flops are considered inappropriate). Contestants that show management determines to be inappropriately dressed will not be permitted to compete.  Consider the dog’s color when choosing competitor's attire.  Professional manner, attitude and good sportsmanship must be practiced at all times. These attributes are displayed when a competitor respects fellow competitors, judges, and the contest dogs. Professional conduct is also carried into the care of the contest dogs, and respect for hotel, grounds, rooms and property. Application of Professional Skills: Contestants must maintain a safe styling station at all times, (open scissors left on the table for the dog to step on is an example of an unsafe styling station,) practice safe handling techniques at all times, apply technical skills with safety. Nicks, cuts and clipper burns are considered unsafe technical skill application. Strictly Prohibited in Contest Ring: Mobile phones, radios and headsets, hair dryers, flame devices or smoking, beverages not in spill proof containers, visual or written instructions,coaching by anyone at any time during the competition.  Contestants must provide grooming equipment such as but not limited to: scissors, clippers, blades, brushes, grooming loops, bath towels, products, etc. Warnings and Disqualifications: Judges and Show Management will monitor the contestants during the competition to ensure a professional atmosphere is maintained. Warnings may be given to include: unprofessional image, unprofessional conduct, unsafe skill application, unsafe grooming station, unsafe handling, etc. A second warning may result in dismissal from the class. A third warning may result in dismissal from the show.  Grievance:  Immediately notify contest coordinator of grievance and then provide written notice.   Grievance(s) will not be accepted after the close of the class, with the exception of sportsmanship issues, which must be submitted prior to the close of the show and while all involved parties are on site. Entry Fees: will not be refunded in the event that a contestant is late, absent, disqualified, or excused by the Judge or show management.  No entry fees will be refunded if the Show cannot open or be completed by reason of Force majeure.

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