First dock diving event - what to bring?

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  1. nikkiluvsu15

    nikkiluvsu15 Wild At Heart

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    Saturday is our first attempt at dock diving :p I'm so excited and it should be tons of fun... not sure if Harleigh will jump, but it will still be fun regardless!

    I'm trying to make a checklist of what to bring with me (for both humans and dog!), but wanted to get opinions from those who have gone to events before :)

    We will be there from 10:30am to around 1:30-2:00pm and it will be a pretty warm day. I think the high is around 84 degrees.

    Thanks!
     
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    Lizmo Water Junkie

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    I bring:

    Towels (you'll get wet, too, haha)
    Sunscreen!
    Chairs
    Canopy (or if they have covered parking, I just crate out of my car and open the back hatch and set up chairs around that)
    4ft leash (DD rule)
    Multiple toys to throw (I always brought balls, but this year I'm going to try out a bumper)
    Food/water bowls (we're usually there all day)
    First aid kit
    Extra leashes
    Crate fan (so I could walk away from the car under the covered parking)
    Packed cooler with waters, etc. Vending was always horrible at the one place we usually compete.

    That's all I can think of right now. Will add more if I remember something.
     
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    And a camera :)
     
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    soo many towels. Esp if you do multiple waves. Take many towels and then add a couple more lol.

    I find I never have enough towels.
     
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    ya those to me count as 'towels'. I have used those, not for dogs though.
     
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    LOL I only bring like one towel to most events unless it's supposed to be chilly! Other than that Lizmo's list is pretty complete! :) And only bring a camera/video cam if you have someone to use it for you - you'll likely be busy and have your hands full most of the time and you obvs don't want to have it on the dock.
     
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    Actually, I never take towels for the dog. :rofl1: They're for me. Dog always air dries.
     
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    Dekka gets cold if the water is less than 85. But they are all for me. I hate being wet, unless I am swimming or showering. So one towel or so after every wave.
     
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    Oh even my dogs were cold at nationals last year. Jumping in the stormy weather during November (or was it October?), yikes! Thankfully we brought jackets for the dogs but during summer we let the dog air dry. :)
     
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    LOL there's a reason I wear performance wicking fabrics on the dock - then I dry as fast as the dogs!

    I towel the dogs off if the air drops below 65ish degrees, but other than that they air dry. Of course on cooler days (55-60 or below) they also heat the car all by themselves if the windows are mostly up - I come back to steamed up windows and a nice 60-70s air temp in the car when both dogs are inside which is super nice on those 50 degree days!
     
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    Thanks everyone :D I'm not bringing a crate for her because it won't fit in my car, but I'll have an extra set of hands so I think we should be okay there. Bringing a giant umbrella for shade, lol.

    The 4' lead might be a bit of an issue, as I don't have one :eek: I didn't see anything mentioned about it in anything I've read though... this is Ultimate Air Dogs though, so maybe it is different rules? Regardless I'll see what I can about getting a shorter leash.

    Even though we are pre-registered, we are going to pay the $10 for practicing (which covers all day) and get some guidance there. I

    I received a PDF with info about the event and I've read over it like 4 times just to make sure I haven't missed anything, LOL. I hate going into something "unknown", so I'm trying to get a feel for what it will be like.
     

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