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International Professional Groomers, Inc - Certification-Accreditation--Education
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)
TRACK I:  The revolutionary new Professional Certification Track 

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.)

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 use.
                         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 groom?
                        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 around.
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.  
                                      Pets just get along better with some people.

*The 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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