We thought this Friday, as we head up north to a lake for the August long weekend, we would highlight Dock Jumping Dogs.
Getting the inside scoop on dock jumping dogs
We filmed some Hot Diggity clips at the All About Pets Show with Ultimate Air Dogs as dogs competed to see who could jump the furthest from a wooden dock into a narrow 40-foot pool of water. Dock Jumping looks like such fun.
We have seen the amazing X-Treme Air Dogs Canada in action -Trainer and Champion Heather McLeod of ruffsport.ca trains and gives classes.
From Ontario DockDogs we learned it is a great sport for dogs over 6 months old who love the water and toys.
The three different disciplines of DockDogs:
- Big Air- essentially a long jump for dogs. Distance jumped is measured to the BASE of the dogs tail. The best Super Elite dogs have been known to jump more than 25 feet
- Extreme Vertical-high jump competition for dogs. The bumper is suspended above the water eight feet out with the lowest starting height set at four foot, six inches high. Dogs are required to “grab” or knock down the bumper from the extended arm to obtain an official score
- Speed Retrieve Each dog take two retrieves in rotation order. The dog’s handler signals to the dog to race to retrieve the bumper which is located on a rig at the end of the pool, 58 feet from the 20-foot mark on the dock as fast as possible.
We are all looking for fun ways to get and keep fit with our Dogs. We did a post about great ways to do just that this summer that you can read here. Of course, think safety before trying any new activity- make sure your dog can swim (we saw several breeds like Boston Terriers wearing life jackets to participate), and that the dock and area you and your dog are jumping in is safe.
Kilo the pug wears a life jacket and you can read more about how those and dog shoes aren’t just a cute fashion statement here. Also be sure to look into special training, warm ups and cool downs to prevent injury.