Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dock Diving Dogs

A new craze.

Dock diving is growing in popularity.

DockDogs, the sport's ruling organization, sponsors events in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Competitions are divided into three categories:

Classic dock diving is known as the original Big Air long jump and requires the dog to run a 40-foot dock covered in safe footing material and dive out as far as possible. The distance is digitally measured where the dog's rump hits the water.

The Extreme Vertical requires the dog to vault into a high jump to snatch a target-toy hanging from an extended rod.

The Speed Retrieve requires the dog to swim a 40-foot-long pool and retrieve an object. The fastest garb wins.

For consistency and safety, rules state docks must be 8 feet wide and rest 2 feet about the minimum 4-foot deep water's surface in an area free from underwater obstructions and boat traffic. For landlocked locations, special pools are assembled to allow completions and demonstrations.

This video gives you and idea of the sport.

Notice the Golden Retriever has a different way to do it.

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