2024 Dog Grooming Shows & Expos

2024 Dog Grooming Shows & Expos

Dog grooming competitions and expos happen worldwide throughout the year and are held by multiple organizations including the World Pet Association, Barkleigh, and others. Whether you are a dog grooming competitor, just want to attend for the expo shopping, educational seminars, and to spectate the competitions, or are looking to get a booth at the expo for your grooming-related business, you can find all of the upcoming 2023 dog grooming events and expos below. Information is subject to change at any time. This post is updated periodically, so be sure to save it and check back for updates!

Can’t make it to the shows but still want to learn? Check out our high-quality virtual dog grooming courses and even network with other groomers in the Club Haüs. Members even get access to discounts from top vendors!

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Upcoming 2024 Grooming Shows & Expos:

DateEventLocation
January 6-7P.S.G. Grooming ShowPoland
January 19-21⭐️ Windy City Grooming Show (p.k.a. Whitman’s Grooming Expo)Schaumburg, IL
January 20-21Top Groomer PortugalPortugal
January 26-28⭐️ Charm City Grooming CompetitionTimonium, MD
February 10-11Master ShowBologna, Italy
February 15-18⭐️ Groom Expo WestPasadena, CA
March 8-10⭐️ GROOM’D (p.k.a. Atlanta Pet Fair)Atlanta, GA
March 15-16Artero JornadasMadrid, Spain
April 4-7IntergroomSecaucus, NJ
April 21-22Diamex Master GroomerBelgium
April 25-28⭐️ Northwest Grooming ShowTacoma, WA
April 26-28⭐️ St. Louis Groom FestWentzville, MO
May 3-5T.O. Grooming ShowGeorgetown, Ontario CA
May 10-12Teton Grooming ExpoSalt Lake City, UT
May 17-19RW GroomXOwensboro, KY
May 18-19Grooming Art International ChampionshipBelgium
May 31 – June 2Heart of AmericaKansas City, MO
June 1-2Artero Grooming SlamCiudad Real, Spain
June 6CYMRU GroomWales
June 9-10Hydra Mega Grooming Show USAOrlando, FL
June 14-16Petguru Grooming ShowCluj-Napoca, Romania
June 14-16West Coast Groom FestChilliwack, BC
June 20-23⭐️ PetQuestWilmington, OH
June 28-29MASTERGROOMFrome, England
July 19-21Rocky Mountain Groom ExpoColorado Springs, CO
July 19-21⭐️ Groom TexasHouston, TX
August 14-16⭐️ SuperZooLas Vegas, NV
August 15-18⭐️ All American Grooming ShowSchaumburg, IL
September 5-8⭐️ Groom Expo HersheyHershey, PA
September 6-8Des Moines Kennel Club Grooming ExtravaganzaDes Moines, IA
September 26-29⭐️ New England Grooming ShowSpringfield, MA
September 21-22GroomaniaKortrijk, Belgium
October 10-13⭐️ Fun in the Sun Grooming ShowOrlando, FL
October 13Groomers UniteEngland
November 1-4⭐️ U.S. Pet Pro ClassicLas Colinas, TX
November 16-17GROOMPHORIACoventry, England
November 23-24Artero Grooming SlamBarcelona, Spain
December – TBD⭐️ Groom SouthWest Palm Beach, FL

Do you have or know about an expo that should be on this list? Submit the info to us here to be added!

What are your favorite shows to attend and why? Leave a comment below!

Groomer’s Lung Symptoms & Prevention

Dog grooming is a gratifying profession that allows individuals to follow their passion for working with dogs while enhancing their well-being. Yet, beneath the joy of grooming lies a concealed threat that many groomers remain unaware of – “Groomer’s Lung.” This occupational health concern can lead to serious respiratory problems if groomers do not adopt proper safeguards. In this article, we’ll delve into what Groomer’s Lung is, its symptoms, the associated risks, and essential precautions to protect your respiratory health.

Groomer’s Lung, also known as “Hairy Lung,” refers to the health issues arising from inhaling airborne particles commonly found in grooming environments. These minuscule particles encompass pet hair, dander, nail dust, and a range of allergens, all of which become suspended in the air during the grooming process. Over time, continuous exposure to these particles can trigger a spectrum of respiratory issues, including:

Symptoms of Groomer’s Lung:

  1. Allergies: Groomers may experience allergic reactions like frequent sneezing, a persistent runny nose, itchy eyes, and skin rashes, due to repeated exposure to pet dander and other allergens.

  2. Asthma Flare-ups: Prolonged inhalation of airborne particles can exacerbate asthma symptoms or even induce asthma in previously unaffected individuals. Symptoms may include wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

  3. Chronic Bronchitis: Inhaling irritants from the grooming environment can lead to chronic bronchitis, characterized by a persistent cough, excessive mucus production, and breathing difficulties.

  4. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis: This severe condition results from an immune response to inhaled allergens, potentially causing scarring of lung tissue and irreversible damage if not addressed.

  5. Reduced Lung Function: Over time, Groomer’s Lung can diminish lung function, making everyday activities challenging and compromising one’s overall quality of life.

The good news is that you can take proactive measures to prevent Groomer’s Lung and protect your respiratory well-being. Here are some essential steps to consider:

  1. Invest in Protective Gear: Acquire high-quality face masks like this one, ideally N95 respirators, to effectively filter out airborne particles. Ensure a secure fit to maximize protection.

  2. Prioritize Ventilation: Maintain well-ventilated grooming areas by using fans, opening windows, and deploying air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters to minimize airborne particle concentration. Also make sure you are switching or cleaning your A/C filters regularly.

  3. Adopt Proper Grooming Techniques: Implement grooming techniques that minimize the release of particles into the air. For instance, do as much de-shedding as you can in the bath to release the dead hair before doing the blow-out to reduce airborne hair.

  4. Frequent Cleaning: Regularly clean and vacuum your grooming workspace to eliminate accumulated hair and dander. Clean grooming tools and equipment routinely to prevent allergen buildup.

  5. Don Protective Clothing: Wear grooming smocks or aprons to prevent hair and particles from adhering to your clothing and change into fresh attire after work to prevent taking allergens home. 

  6. Regular Health Check-ups: Schedule routine check-ups with your healthcare provider to monitor your lung health. If you experience any respiratory symptoms, seek medical attention promptly.

As a dedicated dog groomer, safeguarding your lung health should be paramount to ensure a long and thriving career. Groomer’s Lung is a genuine occupational hazard that can pose serious risks if underestimated. By embracing precautionary measures and remaining informed about its symptoms, you can continue to enjoy your work while preserving your respiratory health. Remember, your well-being is as vital as the pets you care for, so take action today to shield your lungs from this hidden threat.