No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
We dabbled in it. It was Tom's sport with Halo so there was never any actual training beforehand, lol.
All the events we did were Splash Dogs. How they did it was you paid for however many "waves" of competition you wanted to enter. You could also just sign up for practice, which in SD was the same price as a wave. If it was your first time you'd have a certain amount of time, 5 minutes I think, and someone would be there to help you if necessary. They'd have you take your dog off the exit ramp first, so it would know how to safely get out of the pool. Practice would be before and between waves. Once your dog was going off the dock you'd get two practice jumps and then go to the end of the line. You'd get as many tries as there was time for before they closed practice for the next wave.
Halo went in off the exit ramp twice, Tom took her up on the dock, she went off twice, and I went over to apply her practice fee to a wave. Since practice time was included in the price to compete, if you weren't sure your dog would actually jump that worked out well. If they didn't, you could still practice all day for that one wave fee. If they did jump, you could sign up for as many waves as you wanted. Each wave was also two jumps, with the best one counting.
ETA: I found the SD organization and competitors to be very supportive of newbies. A lot of the dogs were like ours - just there to have some fun.
Cava 1/6/18 *** Keefer 8/25/05
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short