I'm gonna bet (I don't know) that some handlers are being paid by the owners and some do it because they love to do it or have a relationship with a particular pup and don't charge. It's a hobby, not a job. Did I guess right, all you show people?
I'll give you an example of what we are paying for Sammy to show right now: Boarding and feeding: $6 per day Handling and grooming per show: $60 (ea. day, usually 2 per weekend) We pay the cost of the shows: $20-25 ea. show (see above) Incidentals: cost of handler to get to shows/motels/food: $15-20 per day of shows The handler of Coleman (Toy Poodle/#1 dog in the US) gets bonuses for each win in group and show. He generally flys around the country to shows, and I've heard it is a private jet. (Paid for by the owners). The original people that owned Coleman last year had to sell him because they couldn't afford to show him anymore. I'm sure the owners have at least in the 100's of thousands in him. He will probably never go back to the owners either. This might give you an idea! LTLGTO
I forgot, the largest shows offer cash prizes ($5000-$10000) for the top winners (BIS) a cash prize, otherwise we do it for a 25cent ribbon, maybe a little stuffed toy, and at the groups or BIS, maybe a blanket, painting, piece of crystal etc.
ltlgto.......................I saw them give a check for $5000.00 to the person with "Coleman" last night, but didn't they say it was for a trip? I looked at all of my babies laying around during the show, and they are just lazy bums compared to those show dogs.
i show GSDs, i haven't showen for a while, as they aren't anything to show, i just love doing it, i only show my uncles and aunties dogs though, i am only starting out and i am getting quite good, i probably will get about £ 5 or something and they pay for averything else, eg my dinner.
Obviously, I know nothing about showing. Sounds Sooo complicated. The only experience we ever had with showing was when I was a kid, we bought a samoyed from a showing family as a companion pet because one of his ears wouldn't go up. When we got him, we taped it and it eventually came up. We had kept in touch with the breeders and their son was the handler who wanted to show our dog and he won best of breed! (I bet they were pissed that they sold him to us) But we didn't persue showing after that. I still have his ribbon.
It is very complicated at first, but after you learn the lingo & what to do, it's a breeze. Showing is a very, very expensive hobby. My mom is still trying to learn the lingo, and know all the words our Chihuahua club is saying. She would die if we joined an all-breed club, lol! I am in charge of our club's website, and I got some pictures of the winners from our spring specialty today (our monthly meeting was today). Our show friends show a long coat dog (male, Rocky), and a smooth coat dog (Amigo). So, she was looknig at the pictures, and she said, "is that our friend's mom, showing Rocky?" Guess what the little wording-plaque that stands beside the picture said? "Winners bitch." ROFL Cricket: All decent handlers (there aren't many) treat their dogs like spoiled kids. It is good for the show ring, too. But, I swear (in no offense to LTLGTO), Coleman is a walking billboard for wiggies, lol! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
"But, I swear (in no offense to LTLGTO), Coleman is a walking billboard for wiggies, lol!" Allie, I don't take offense because I don't have Coleman (but I would take him, there also aren't many dogs that have Colemans showmanship), and none of my poodles have ever worn wiggies....yet! We do have wiggies saved from when we cut Jujube's hair off after showing. Just so you know, the wiggies are generally not for the length of the hair, but the fullness. ltlgto
I must be one of the few people who thinks that it's not all that expensive to show. Of course, I don't stay overnight at hotels and don'tpay a handler. The only things I pay when I show for are the gas to get to the show, and the show entry fee. Showing for me is a fun hobby, not an intense competition. If my dog gets a win out of it, Yay. Otherwise, no big. I have fun, the dog has fun, and we're both happy when we come away with a ribbon. Btw showing really is a JOB for professional handlers. Not a hobby. Many handlers are annoyingly intent and focused. But i guess thats why they get paid the big bucks and their dogs win, they have trained long to be good at showing dogs.
I guess it just depends, I've paid some one to take and handle my dog a couple times as I felt obligated to. They were taking my dog for me to a show and handling them. At the last show I went to (weekend before last) my two females were in the same class so I asked some one else to handle one and they said sure, no money involved. Shows do cost money, but like Minn they aren't that expensive (for me), I only stay in a motel every once in awhile and that can really run you a bill. Gas can cost too, one place I went through gas was over $2 a gallon! I always seem to hit the highest priced stations along the way..lol
True, Minniyar. I have fun doing it as well, but I would like Allie to finish sometime! We pay for entry fees, gas, and one night at the hotel. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596