[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 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.