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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-23-2009, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Do you tip your handler?

For SV style conformation (WDA or USA), do you tip the handler or just pay the price they ask for?
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Re: Do you tip your handler?

I think I've always tipped.

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I don't know since I handled my own dog. But I think it would be appropriate to tip them, as long as they did a good job with your dog.
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Re: Do you tip your handler?

Coming from the AKC world - most handlers EXPECT a tip if they win. The higher the win, the more 'tip' they expect.

So, if your dog went BOB - let's say $50.

If they went Group 1 - $100

If they go BIS - $300

If they got a BISS - $500 or more

Alot depends on the handler.
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Ha! Yeah right! Good thing I am not doing AKC, lol.

This is for the SV ring, people don't really handle their own dogs otherwise I would, but I have to double handle (also a ton of work!). The fee for Nikon's class is $100 so I was thinking I'd give the handler $120?
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Geez, $100 to take a few laps around a ring? I think I'm gonna go into handling and get paid to exercise!
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Originally Posted By: shepherdmom12Geez, $100 to take a few laps around a ring? I think I'm gonna go into handling and get paid to exercise!
I don't know what the higher classes charge, probably a LOT more!! Dogs vying for VAs and top Vs in the working classes mostly have pro handlers from Germany, and not only do you pay them, but you pay to put them up for 5 days and pay all their food and expenses, bar tab, etc. I did a few tries at handling during ring training, mostly so the owner of the dog could learn to double (I have little interest in handling in the SV ring) and it was MUCH harder than the handling I've done in AKC/UKC with Nikon and his AKC/UKC conformation class (and for the SV stuff I had 3-4 month old puppies!). It looks so easy, but it's hard, and....different. I think mainly b/c the dog and your double handler is all you have. No bait, no squeaky toys, no show collar to control the head. Also, definitely a work out!
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$100 for a Baby Puppy Class? Too much! Unless...you are talking about Walter Koetters from Germany or someone of his caliber. Consideration for a tip should be made after the class is over.

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Re: Do you tip your handler?

I certainly don't expect tips....they're nice, but not expected. People who charge "extra" for doing their blasted job are ridiculous I think.

$100 "tip" for a G1? It's not a tip if it isn't voluntary....way to pad the bill.

Maybe that's why I'll never be a good businesswoman...

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Jackie you are too kind!

LOL I'm always out of the loop when it comes to tipping. I work in a service industry but we're not even allowed to accept tips or gifts where I work. For my web stuff I never expect a tip, I just charge what I want to make. If I do a non-profit and don't charge them, sometimes they give me a tip or gift which is nice, but I would still do it.
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