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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-30-2009, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Summer Show Related Tack/Equipment

It is already hot, hot, hot here. The past week has been cooler, but still hot. We would like to show in July/August but it got me thinking about summer related items we should bring.

So, What are your "must have" pieces of summer show equipment? Where do you purchase it from?

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Water- hehe and when is the show?

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Re: Summer Show Related Tack/Equipment

LOL There are sevearl of them coming up. I'll get you a list. I could use an additional set of hands, anytime you want to volunteer...lol...

I've got mister bottles and battery operated fans on my list. I also plan to bring a small cooler to keep ice in (which will melt) and soak cotton towels in it to place on the doggers.

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Re: Summer Show Related Tack/Equipment

I've always wanted one of these -
http://www.walmart.com/Quik-Shade-In...-12/ip/4321120
Not this particular brand but a tent/canopy for shade.

Keeps it cooler for people and dogs. And I wouldn't roast in the sun like I usually do.

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Re: Summer Show Related Tack/Equipment

I have a list of stuff that people people put together on the lab board that I send to ya

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Re: Summer Show Related Tack/Equipment

Here are a couple of ideas:

These shade tarps are great: shade tarp
The description states that they reduce the temp by up to 14 degrees which I have found to be true- I keep a thermometer in my car.

These rechargeable fans: O2 cool
cost around $45 and are well worth the money. The small crate fans are worthless, IMO. The 10" battery fans take 8 D-cells and don't last a whole day.

Here's a brilliant product: KoolerAire
that is really reasonably priced and would be great on a hot day when you have to crate in the car. I'm actually going to try to make one- I'm cheap like that.

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That KoolerAire thingy looks neat. I don't have A/C in my car and had to drive 5 hours out of state last week in over 90 degree weather. Wish I had one of those! Looks like it's really just a fan that pulls the cool air out from the ice, interesting idea.
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Re: Summer Show Related Tack/Equipment

For outside shows, I also bring Isa's Kool Collar that is worn around the neck. Works wonders but can't be worn in the ring.
http://www.koolcollarstore.com/

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Re: Summer Show Related Tack/Equipment

I make sure my crates have airflow, so they are not boxed in against the sides of the car. I open ALL windows, slider doors, and hatch (unless it lets more sun in). I have very thin, white piece of fabric that I pin up to block sun, and also one of those foil-looking sun shield things. All dogs have constant access to water and I wet their bedding. I check on the dogs every half hour and rearrange sun blocks, crates, doors/windows as needed.
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Quote:I also plan to bring a small cooler to keep ice in (which will melt) and soak cotton towels in it to place on the doggers.
Unless your dog gets overheated, it is not necessary to do this. The double coat on a GSD is good protection against the heat. Along with shade. Also be careful of putting ice in the buckets -- the sudden change in temperature is not good for them. Regular cool water is best.
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