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09-21-2008, 07:44 PM
Hi everyone. A buddy of mine from San Diego sent me the link for a local event to be held here in Pensacola next weekend, so we're all excited and pre-registered and itching to play. I do have a couple of questions that some of you veterans may be able to answer for me. First, our event will be Fri, Sat. and Sun with 3, 2, and 2 waves respectively. I've pre-entered 2 waves each day. I'm curious as to what the norm is for most of you as to how many waves you enter. I'd like to shoot for Indy's first title, so I wanted to do at least 5 waves, but I was afraid doing all 3 on Friday may be a bit too much.
Secondly, I'm a little confused as to the day-of registration process. We currently compete in agility and flyball where entries have to be paid for ahead of time. Even though my BC Looooves to dock dive at our pond, I'm concerned about how she might do in this, as sometimes she gets "spooked" by something and she may lose focus (this has only happened once in an agility trial, but it concerns me, nonetheless). If I've pre-entered for all three days, am I committed, if we decide on Friday not to compete Sat. & Sunday. In other words, can we pay at the start of each day's competition?
Sorry, for being long, but I'm totally new to this.
Thanks in advance,
09-21-2008, 08:23 PM
The number of waves really depends on the dog's stamina and how much practice you do in between. If you plan on doing all the waves, don't "over practice".
Entry is not like agility (yet), no need to prepay and unless an event is full (this one will not be), you can register wave by wave. You can start by paying for the $10/day practice and then apply that $10 towards your first wave and go from there...
We do hope to have prepayment in place by early next year - this will be more important for events that have waves fill though...
09-22-2008, 07:38 AM
Thanks Wendy. I wouldn't think doing four dives and a couple practice ones before each wave would be too much for this girl. It would be the anticipation of waiting her turn that would get her <g>.
09-22-2008, 08:16 AM
Yeah, the problem some people run into is doing more like 15-20 practice turns in between waves...
09-22-2008, 09:06 AM
If your dog competes in flyball, I wouldn't suspect a few practice jumps would tire them out too quickly. If the atmosphere gets to be a lot, which I can't imagine it would be more than a flyball tournament, then kennel them for some quiet time before the wave.
Which flyball team do you run on? There are several flyballers on this board as well, I run with Rev it Up Flyball Team out of San Jose, CA!
09-22-2008, 10:42 AM
I co-captain the Panhandle Supersonics, a small club, in Pensacola, Fl. We're in NAFA region 14 and also play a little U-fli. This is our first try at Dock Diving. My husband has been wanting to try it with Indy, but I've not seen any other competitions anywhere near that we could try out. I think there was a demo event at a boat show earlier this year or late last, but I think we were out of town that weekend for flyball or something. I also found out there was a competition this past weekend about an hour or so away. I think it was an Ultimate Air event. I've been trying to learn more since my friend let me know about this weekend's event. Anyway, just what we need - another dog sport, but hey, we enjoy it and get to meet some really great folks that share similar interests and most of all, the dogs love it.
09-23-2008, 09:10 PM
There is another event in Florida Oct 17-19 in Fort Myers - also a Splash Dogs event ... if you want more Splash time come down to Fort Myers! We will also have other events for dogs with the Dog Olympics
09-24-2008, 08:49 AM
Ooh, sounds like fun, but that's a pretty long trip for us, plus I'm hosting an Agility match at my place that weekend. Thanks anyhow!
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