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India Grooming Show Rules

India Grooming Show Rules

 Open & Novice Class Grooming Competition"

This is a challenge for creative groomers to show their artistic skills. We will provide grooming tables subject to availability. Limited bathing facilities will be available on site during show hours.

Open Class Competition 
- Open for all groomers 
- Groomers over 2 years of grooming experience will need to compete in the Open Class. 
Novice Class Competition 
- Groomers must either be certified groomers or have a minimum of 6 month of grooming experience. 

Entry Fees and Prizes: 

Open & Novice Class Grooming Competition

Entry fees 

Open Class Competition 
Regular Price - INR 6,500/- 
PPGAI Members Special Price - INR 5,500/- 
Novice Class Competition 
Regular Price - INR 5,500/-
PPGAI Members Special Price - INR 4,500/-

**Changes and/or cancellations of your contest entries are subject to a Rs 500/- administration fee.  No refunds or changes permitted after Wednesday 22nd February , 2023.

Equipment: We will provide with tables and arm subject to availability.  

Bathing/Prepping: There is VERY LIMITED bathing facilities on site, during show hours. We will have a bath tub, tables and velocity dryers for your use.  Please bring your own shampoo and towels.

Acceptable Growth for all Regular Classes: 6 weeks’ growth and preferably no visible pattern is recommended, however the judges recognize that some coats grow more quickly than others.  Adequate coat, therefore, will be defined as follows: all dogs should have sufficient coat to allow the groomer to make a distinct change in the dog’s appearance.


  • Must be of an age appropriate for competition. Although each dog is individual, the suggested appropriate age is between approximately 1 year and 10 years.
  • Must appear healthy, in good condition and free of infectious disease and parasites
  • Must not show obvious signs of pregnancy or nursing
  • Must not show signs of viciousness or aggression
  • Must be under control at all times
  • Must not be left unattended
  • Must be properly crated and cared for with food, water and exercise while on the show premises.
  • Must be leashed when not crated or not being groomed
  • Dogs should be clean, dry, and free of mats and tangles. Nails should be clipped and/or filed, and ears clean. Sanitary and pads may be clipped prior to competition. 



  • Decorative objects such as bows and scarves are not permitted with the exception of acceptable show ring applications such as those that are applied to the Maltese, Yorkie and Shih Tzu. (Except Freestyle Class)
  • Hair extensions provided they are of the same coat color of the dog are permitted and may be applied prior to the competition time frame
  • Product such as sprays and styling gels may be applied prior to or during the competition time frame. Hair spray is limited to only “freshening up” once time is called. Re-shaping such as that done on a show Poodle head piece may not be done once time is called.


Confirmation that dog is entered in correct class, has sufficient coat growth and evaluate preparation, time frame by size, breed or technique,  and correct division. Determine if pattern is pre-set, and notation of specific information such as , but not limited to: ear infections, missing coat, moles, scars or injuries.


A 15-minute mandatory break will take place during the competition. Contestants have an option to either proceed as a group to the designated break area, or remain in the ring to relax. Assistants may be present to move dogs for groomer inspection, or hold them while the groomer uses the bathroom. Any discussion with regards to dogs or grooming is prohibited, and could be construed as coaching.  No grooming or styling of any kind is permitted while on the break.



Contestants should remove hair, tools and equipment from the grooming table. A comb should be placed on the table.  Contestants may comb their dogs after scissors down, prior to and after judging.  Contestants should stack and present their dogs to the judges.


  • The overall uniformity of the trim; it should look like it grows that way and not applied upon the dog
  • The overall balance, symmetry and style of the trim
  • For Freestyle classes, the ability of the groomer to create the best possible profile for the dog chosen according to his/her body type, coat and structure
  • For scissored dogs, the plush overall appearance without scissor-marks and proper technique
  • All clipper lines should blend and show no definition or marks
  • Edges such as in the cocker foot or poodle foot should show neat and tidy bevels
  • The difficulty with regard to the amount of coat removed, whether pattern is created or followed, difficulty of the coat type, texture, quality and quantity and how the stylist achieves the ultimate trim
  • The difficulty with regard to correcting conformation faults and accentuating profile attributes

Judges Expectation for Dogs

•During the competition, the dog should be on the grooming leash and helps to have if your dog is well-trained as well.
•Dogs should be cleaned and groomed to the breed standard they are being shown as. 
•Nails, teeth and ears hair should be clean and trimmed before the competition.
• Under pad and sanitary area should be neatly trimmed.
•Avoid having stains on the dog's coat, especially around paws and eyes. 
•Make sure your dog doesn’t have any skin infections and your dog is vaccinated before the competition.
• Start washing and conditioning the dog’s coat with a gentle or coat – specific shampoo every week until the competition.
•The dog should have a coat with at least six weeks of growth that is beautifully conditioned and free from mats.
•Ensure that your dog is fed, watered and exercised so it will be perfectly relaxed in the arena. 
•Carry a small bowl of water for the dog if they are thirsty / dehydrated. 
•Once the competition time is done, make sure that you keep your tables clean, and no equipment should be kept on the table.
•Keep a steel comb for the judging panel to check the dog once the competition time is over. 



  • Professional image, conduct, skill, application 
  • Contestants late for any class will not be permitted to compete if the contest has started and will forfeit any class entry fees.
  • All contestants must provide their own dogs and equipment.
  • Coaching from ringside is forbidden. Violators will be disqualified from the competition and the offending spectator(s) will be asked to leave the showground.
  • Professional manner and attitude, and good sportsmanship must be maintained at all times.
  • Contestants must maintain a safe styling station, practice kind and safe handling techniques, and dogs must not be left unattended at any time.
  • Contestants must apply technical skills with safety.  Nicks, cuts and clipper irritation are considered unsafe technical applications.
  • Professional conduct should also be carried into the care and responsibility of your contest dog at the event venue, hotel grounds, rooms and property.
  • Appropriate grooming attire and shoes must be worn at all times (open toe shoes not permitted).
  • All grooming equipment must be removed from the ring after the class competition unless you are in the next competition.


Contestants may receive warnings or notifications of unprofessional behavior to include, image, conduct, skill application, unsafe grooming station, handling etc. a second warning could result in dismissal from the class. A third could result in dismissal from the show.

The India Groom Show Committee reserves the right to make final decisions in resolving any issues that may arise that are not covered by the rules.


Any grievance or complaint regarding a contestant, judge or audience member must be filed with the competition ring steward and/or show management immediately following the incident.

In the event a competitor wishes to challenge the eligibility of another competitor or their dog, verbal protest must be made to the head ring steward prior to the start of the class.