Sweetest Dog Contest Tips for First-Timers

By: Leif Connor

Tip #1:
  Make sure to bring something like an empty tin coffee can with a slot cut out or something easier to bring money in and to carry it around.  You can decorate it so the people who donate to you know exactly who they are donating to.

Tip #2:  Do not be afraid to ask the same person or cabin group to donate more than once.  I’ve heard, “We already donated to you yesterday.” Or “We already gave.”  Come up with some great lines: “Yes, thank you! Today is a new day and another chance to donate!” “And we appreciated your support.  We will appreciate it even more today!” 

Tip #3: Be creative.  Some people sell cookies, Matt played music for tips, I’ve sold theme related items- get a gimmick (which is a word that came from the circus)!  

Tip #4:  Just because you’re running for sweetest dog doesn’t mean you shouldn’t vote for the other dogs.  I make sure to vote for each dog participating at least once out of our own money and their managers always approach me to vote for mine.  My mom and I do have certain favorites who we will give more to and that’s Ok, too!

Tip#5: Take the time to talk to the people that donate to you.  You can ask them where they are from, what made them want to come to Goldstock, if they have any advice for someone brand new this year. It is a great way to make new friends while you campaign. 

Tip #6: Keep positive and don’t let rejection stop you. I have often gotten a number of “no”s or “I’ll donate later” or “I don’t have money on me”.  Those same people more often than not will donate if you don’t give up and ask them at another time.  

For those who have campaigned before, please add any more tips you have in the comment section.

Click here to learn more about the Sweetest Dog Contest.