IPG is an International Association created to educate, certify and accredit Professional Pet Groomers. Groomers with active membership, in good standing and who complete annual continuing education and follow the "IPG Code of Ethics," maintain their certifications and educational endorsements.
IPG is Dedicated to:
--the safety of all pets entrusted into our care
--educating pet owners and groomers on safe grooming and handling techniques
--increasing the recognition of the grooming profession
--acknowledging the superior skill-set of 'our' groomers
IPG is a member of the Professional Pet Groomers and Stylists Alliance (PPGSA) and has worked with this alliance to develop and recommend Standards for Safety in all Grooming Facilities. (see full standards)
is a series of Education modules and
certifications leading to stand-alone Certifications for all professionals involved in the grooming industry, the CSP (Certified Salon Professional), the CPG (Certified Professional Groomer). This program sets industry standards for pet and staff safety, wellness, sanitation, and groomer ethics. Groomers will handle animals in their care in a safe and professional manner, and
demonstrate their basic “kennel trim” or "puppy trim" clippered grooming skills. These certifications are awarded by our Independent Evaluators, setting
these skilled professionals apart from other groomers and validating their
qualifications and professionalism to the public.
Included in these programs are keeping pets SAFE, getting and keeping better clients, working with difficult dogs, and tips to make groomers more successful, and the introduction of the 'Smart Style System' of grooming. (*Next Steps: the Certified Advanced Professional Groomer--Track II.)
8 SIMPLE STEPS TO CHOOSING A SAFE PET
These tips give you a best
start at choosing a safe pet groomer.
Always go with your personal feelings—and those of your pet!
1. Are they a member of major grooming association and
certified as a professional groomer, with a code of ethics visible:
International Professional Groomers**
National Dog Groomers Association ;
International Society of Canine Cosmetology
Professional Pet Groomers and Stylist Alliance
Professional Membership and Code of Ethics is a sign that the groomer is working at being a professional;
it’s a great start, and shows they are trying to be “Best Practices” groomer.
2. Do they inquire about your pet’s health, vaccinations and
behavior concerns, who your Veterinarian is in case of accident?
· Keeping your pet healthy begins with
screening for sick pets and helps prevent exposure to
contagious illness or
parasites. Knowing emergency contacts
and Veterinarian choices in
the rare case of illness or injury gives your pet
the best possible care.
3. Salon Safety: Does
it smell clean, are the pets behind a barrier to prevent “escape,” fire
extinguisher, emergency plan, first aid kit, floor mats, safe pet restraints in
If the shop is messy, dirty or
unsafe for the groomers, your pet’s safety may not be a primary concern.
4. Do they offer a Salon tour, or allow you to watch the
You should expect transparency in
the way they handle your pet. It is true
some pets behave “worse”
when the owner is present, but the option to watch
and/or see the facility is a “best practice.”
5. If crate dryers are used, are the under constant
observation by a staff member?
Crate/kennel/cage dryers can easily
cause overheating or be very cold—depending on the type.
Pets can quickly go from being uncomfortable
to dangerously too hot or too cold.
Constant supervision is absolutely necessary for your pet’s safety.
6. Ask what clipper blade size they use (the #7 blade can be dangerous, especially on the pet’s legs)
The #7 blade has sharp, widely
spaced and long teeth; it is very easy to catch loose skin and
cause nicks and
cuts. It is a fast blade to clip
with—but it is NOT “pet friendly.”
7. How long do they keep your pet? The stress of being in a crate all day may be
difficult on your pet, especially senior pets)
Sometimes it is necessary to leave
your pet at the groomer all day, because of your schedule,etc.
However, it is not comfortable for senior
dogs, pets with separation anxiety or young puppies.
They would rather be with you! Less stress means a better experience all
8. Finally: Is your pet
happy when you pick it up?
Trust your pet’s reactions. Are they perky, alert and tail waggin’? Or are they tired, stressed
and irritable? Your pet may not be a ‘good fit’ with that
groomer—even a safe groomer.
get along better with some people.
International Professional Groomers has the only Groomer Safety Certification
(Certified Professional Groomer or CPG) (November, 2015)
IPG just returned from Brazil! Sergio Villasante, ICMG organized the event and 35 groomers successfully completed their Certified Professional Groomer testing.
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