About the NDGAA
For over 45+ years the
association has worked with groomers throughout the world
promoting and encouraging professionalism and education in
order to upgrade the image of the pet grooming profession.
Our goal is to unite groomers through membership, to promote
communication with colleagues, to set recognized grooming
standards and to offer those seeking a higher level of
professional recognition the opportunity to have their
grooming skills certified.
NDGAA was established in 1969 by Robert D. Reynolds
in the hopes of uniting pet groomers through membership.
Upon his passing in 1985, the Executive Director role was
taken over by his son Jeff Reynolds with his wife Mary Ann
coming on board as association secretary later that year.
We are a professional
membership association of persons engaged in the grooming
and care of dogs for the promotion of excellence in
professional standards. Our curriculum of activities include
educational workshops and certification testing, conduction
of meetings, seminars, trade shows and grooming
To benefit our registered &
certified members, we began the process of federally
registering two of our well recognized and long used service
marks, the dog/striped pole logo and the National Certified
Master GroomerŪ phrase. On May 14, 1993 the NDGAA
"Striped Pole and Poodle Logo" was issued Registration No.
1,755,787 on the Principle Register at the United States
Patent and Trademark Office. The National Certified Master
Groomer phrase was issued on October 11, 1994, Registration
No. 1,858,295 on the Supplemental Register at the United
States Patent and Trademark Office. It is a violation to
use said logo or state Certified or Registered Membership
without the permission of the National Dog Groomers
Association of America, Inc. Registration of these marks
provide the legal leverage to enforce our rights and stop
unauthorized use of the logo and NCMG phrase. In this way we
can ensure that our symbol & certification signify the
highest quality grooming services available and that these
high standards are maintained for the future of the
profession. NDGAA remains the only organization to
solidify their trademarks to protect our members
NDGAA boasts an
impressive listing of benefits for members. We were the
first groomers association to add a fully endorsed
Professional Liability plan for members, this plan insures
you against claims resulting from the performance of your
professional services, an insurance plan no business can do
workshop and Certification testing were launched in 1988.
Our educational programs are an important addition to the
pet grooming industry. With 12+ workshop/testing sites
conducted annually, NDGAA maintains the busiest and most
impressive schedule of activities.
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