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Old 08-28-2010, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just out of curiosity, how much does it cost, on average, to hire a handler to get a champion title on a dog?

I know that this can vary... I just want a ball park figure. A couple hundred? Several thousand? A million!!???

LOL!!
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It totally depends on how good your dog is because that determines how many months of handling fees you pay. If your dog is boarded and actively shown you can easily pay 1500 to 2000 or more a month(which includes board/food). If it is a ring-side deal, I would say probably 60-80 for the handling fee, some also charge expenses for ring side but this is divided between clients so it depends on how many they have and grooming fee. It varies but there are several pro handler sites that you can look at and get a break down of cost. Probably average at least 12 shows a month when figuring. Smaller breeds or less groom-heavy breeds are generally less expensive. It varies greatly but from what I have seen the above is a pretty good guesstimate.
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Dunno

May differ from region to region as well. Ringsiding in my area can cost as much as $ 125 and not all handlers will do it. A relationship is usually required first.
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The handlers here are about $75 per day, plus board and a portion of expenses (hotel, gas, food) if the dog is staying with the handler. Plus grooming. Because I do all the work but the scissoring, the groom is $50, but think for someone who does not groom, that is likely in the $150 neighbourhood.
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Several years ago, I paid $75 per show, plus $75 per weekend grooming fee, plus travel expenses (plus entries, of course). I also paid for post show baths, and $10/day boarding (although he didn't board much). It worked out to about $125-$150 every time he walked into the ring, which works out to about $50 a minute, LOL.
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[QUOTE=Salukie;116123]Just out of curiosity, how much does it cost, on average, to hire a handler to get a champion title on a dog?

I know that this can vary... I just want a ball park figure. A couple hundred? Several thousand? A million!!???

LOL!! [/QUOTE]


Saluki:

LOL when I read your question I just thought to myself OH BOY, she is going to get a shock.. and an awakening..

I have a wonderful handler, Jennifer Carr. My dogs live with her until they are finished.

The amount you will have to spend will also depend on whether you show your dog with a handler "ring side" or have the dog live at the handler's in which case you not only will be paying an average of $10-14 per day for board which includes food, if you wish your dog to eat the food the handler feeds her show dogs (I dont, I supply my own food) but also a weekly bath for coat maintenance which can cost anything between $25.00 -$50.00 again depending on who is handling/boarding your show dog.

The overall cost to finish a class dog in Canada depends not only on the quality of your dog but also who handles him and to which judge the dog is shown. It is a known fact that males finish faster than females, it also will depend on your dog's gender.

The average handler in Canada can cost anything between $75.00 to $100.00 handling fee per day, this does not include the pre show bath ($50.00), hotel expenses, RV hook up, electricity etc... the handler's food cost for 3 days while at the shows, and the gas expense. These are usually pro rated among all the handler's clients whose dogs she/he is showing.

My average cost for one weekend of showing was between $300-$500 a weekend, and this does not include the weekly boarding fees and weekly coat maintenance fees while at the handler's house.

This is the reason I will never show a mediocre dog and I prefer to send decent quality to my handler so that they if can finish as puppies and come back home to me.

If I see that the class dog/bitch who finished as a puppy is worthy and I have a gut feeling that they can qualify as a Special in future and I will be then have sufficient funds to special what I believe is worthy, then I will start and VERY quickly to save as much money as I can so that within the next 2 years until the dog grows coat and is ready to be specialed I would have sufficient funds to be able to pay my handler promptly for her services.

So if you just want to finish a title on a dog (in Canada) if you have a good dog, you can finish it providing you also have the competition numbers at the given shown between $300- $700 only. But if your handler tells you ok, this dog is ok, but it will take longer to finish than you can easily prepare yourself to be paying an average of $1,000-$2000 .

A handler should be honest with a prospective show client and tell them honestly what they should or should not expect from the dog they wish to show.

Many handlers are deathly honest (I know mine is) and if they feel that the client is wasting their money on a non quality mediocre dog/bitch they will be honest and tell the client as it is , giving the client the option to proceed with showing the dog or forgo.

I totally admire handler who are honest and upfront with clients after they grade their dog to see if it is lacing in merit or is a good show prospect , many dont and it ends up costing the client literally thousands.

If one is showing in the states, this is a total different ball game.. The point system there is more complicated and it takes much longer to show and finish a dog and even longer to finish a bitch.

Also one has to remember that politics at times reign in the conformation rings so one has to be prepared to choke it up and accept a judge's opinion whether it is fair just or even knowledeable.. many times it is not but that is the name of the game.. You pay for a judge's opinion and you get it, whether you like it or not.. Life isnt fair and neither is the show ring.

So all in all you have to look at everything and especially at the quality of your dog before embarking on any conformation activity.
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I do a modified ringside my dogs. They don't live with the handler, but they may go up to stay with her a day or two before and after a show. I think it can cost about $400 for a two day show. You have to pay not only handling costs(around $100 a day), but sometimes bathing before and after, grooming, mileage costs, and hotels. If you add boarding to that, your costs go way up.

It would be considered very, very cheap to finish a Poodle in the US for $2000.
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It would be considered very, very cheap to finish a Poodle in the US for $2000.
Oh I agree !!!!! In California especially it is extremely expensive ( I was given info that it is about $7,000 for excellent male ).

It is very interesting to see the difference between Canada and USA . Now I understand why California breeders have to have such a steep prices for puppies (2,000 to 2,500 ) !!!!
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[QUOTE=wishpoo;116491]Oh I agree !!!!! In California especially it is extremely expensive ( I was given info that it is about $7,000 for excellent male ).

Whishpoo:

I finished my boy "Cole" at 16 mos. in 9 days cumulative of showing for under $2,000. The only reason I had to pay so much for his show career in the U.S. is because his handler does not get to shows to often and it was mostly paid for board and coat upkeep at her place.... but the 3 weekends she showed my boy she got all his majors and he finished in those 3 weekends with 17 points (incl. his 3 majors)

I finished my male "Knight" in the U.S. for under U.S. $800.00 also in 3 weekends with a canadian handler who travelled with him to the U.S. (N.York state shows)

Which handler told you it takes U.S. $7000.00 to finish an EXCELLENT male..

They must have seen you coming because it is not at all true. Even mediocre males with the right handler can finish under less than this amount.

I can understand it will cost that much for a bitch to finish since you need more bitchs vs. a vis males to build a major in bitches, but males? they are much easier to finish the bitches, in both Cda. and the U.S.

Perhapse you mean owner handled to finish a dog in the U.S.? Is this what you are referring to paying $7,000 for or using a professional handler. If the latter, then honestly you can finish a good quality male for under $2,000 for sure. Bitches are a totally different story.
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Oh my

Thanks for telling me that ! I was told that by a breeder when I inquired for a male and I asked :" By the way, how much it is to finish a dog"? and was given that answer. I never asked anything further since that amount was just too much for me , so I really do not know if that implied a handler or not . I did not plan to show at that time- I was just curious, and did not ask for any further details or explanations.

I just know that in CA shows are very well attended and competition is fierce. Some breeders go to AZ or NE to faster finish their dogs or even the East Coast !
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