November 3-5, 2017    David L. Lawrence Convention Center - Downtown Pittsburgh
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3, 5 - 9 pm   |   SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 10 am - 8 pm   |   SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 10 am - 5 pm
Grooming Competition

2016 Overview

The International Judges Association for Dog Grooming Competition is back to do it again in 2016. In this our fourth year, we bring even more competitions and education to pet professionals, salon owners, groomers, and competition groomers.

Daily Dog Grooming Competitions for Competitors at Every Level
  • Rescue Me – 3 levels of competition, for bathers, groomers and stylists
  • Pure Breed and Free Style – 2 levels of competition
  • Creative – 3 options throughout the weekend, ring and runway

Pet Lovers Get in on the Fun
We never forget pet families and neither does our Paint Your Pooch Pawfectly Pet Paint Competition, IJA sponsor PetPaint. Pet lovers can win great prizes, learn a new skill and find out just how easy it is to “Get Your Paint On,” with PetPaint color hairspray and stencils for pets and their owners.

Education Tailored to All Pet Professionals
In 2016, we have something for everyone. If you are a salon owner, groomer, bather, stylist or want to try something new, like Conformation shows, we have it all.

3 days of affordable and valuable education to enhance your skill and expand your place in the pet industry.

  • Salon Operations Series
  • Conformation Shows Series
  • Coat Type Breed Demo Series
  • Grooming and Styling Techniques Series
  • Pet First Aid and CPR – UCCS Certification
  • IJA Expressions and Profile Hands On Training Certificate
  • IJA Certification, Competitions and 2017 State Competitions
Receive your Continuing Education Certificate. Attend individually or enroll in the series to save. Seminars will be conducted in a separate room, away from the competition floor.

Coming to Pittsburgh Pet Expo —
International Seminar Host and Pet Industry Expert, Mr. Sasha Reiss

Yes Sasha Reiss from Serbia is back on another world tour for seminars and training and he is coming to the Pittsburgh Pet Expo with IJA and Nash Academy.

3 days of education and training for

  • Salon Owners
  • Bathers
  • Groomers
  • Competition Groomers
  • Stylists...and more
Sasha is also a famous and now retired opera singer, so attendees at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo this year may be in for a nice suprize.

Sasha Reiss’s Pure Breed Bathing Grooming and Styling Specialist Series details can be found on the IJA Seminar schedule for this weekend and registration is open to all pet professionals and you do not need to be an IJA member to sign up today.
» Click here to sign up

» Click here for more about Sasha Reiss

Learn, laugh and love IJA in the USA — all for the love of dogs!

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» 2016 Entertainment Schedule

Pet Professionals in Pennsylvania and surrounding states — beat the holiday rush and get all your grooming supplies at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo. Cherrybrook*, known for its premium pet supplies for grooming professionals and pet families, is coming to the show to support IJA dog grooming competitions and to give grooming professionals a place to shop. You’ll find grooming tables, shears, dryers, brushes, toys and treats, and more. Cherrybrook is the largest world distributor for Chris Christensen shampoos (look for them near the IJA Dog Grooming Competition Ring). IJA launched its first IJA Rescue Me Dog Grooming Comptetion event at the 2013 Pittsburgh Pet Expo, and each year it gets bigger and better.

*Cherrybrook carries many IJA dog grooming competition sponsors’ products and much more, so come and shop ’til you drop this year.


* Pure Breed
* Free Style
* Creative
* Rescue Me
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