Winning on a Shoestring Budget
15 ways to make the most of your dog-show funds.
Competing in dog shows should be enjoyable, but it’s hard to have fun if you can’t afford it. In recent years, exhibitors have watched their disposable incomes vanish thanks to rising fuel prices and a plummeting economy. This can make it difficult to justify the costs of entries, training classes and travel expenses. However, with a bit of ingenuity, you won’t have to choose between paying the electric bill or paying for your advanced agility or handling class.
Know your limits.
The first step toward reining in costs is to calculate a monthly show budget, including the incidental costs that many exhibitors overlook. For example, there’s no reason to purchase show catalogs these days. If you want this information for your records, download it from the superintendent’s website after the show. Along with saving $5 or $10, you will have complete, tabulated results.
It’s important to get the most mileage out of your hard-earned wins. Don’t underestimate the value of advertising to maintain momentum when your dog is on a winning streak. In the past 30 years, Afghan Hound breeder Cindy Chandler has finished more than 80 breeder-owner-handled champions, in addition to campaigning all-breed Best in Show and specialty winners.
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