Ready for a splash?
Dock Diving (Diving Dogs) is the perfect sport for water-loving canines and is fun, exciting, and easy-to-do. Per the American Kennel Club, Diving Dogs is a fun, exciting but easy to do sport with simple rules:
- You throw your dog's favorite toy into a pool while he waits on a dock about 40 feet long.
- On your command, he runs along the dock, flings himself off the end of it, lands in the water and grabs his toy.
- The goal? To have the longest jump possible, which could be as short as two feet for beginners, but could be as much as 30 feet for those more experienced!
The AKC began recognizing titles of the new North America Diving Dogs (NADD) organization in June 2014 so now you can also add a dock jumping title to your dog's AKC records. The sport is open to all dogs, including mixed-breeds. In addition to Air Retrieve, NADD also offers competition in Distance Jumping. For information on registering your dog with NADD and finding an event, go to www.northamericadivingdogs.com.
Stella (A Streetcar Named Desire, BCAT, DNX, TKNM CGCA, ATT) owned by club member Connie Ramano, is the first Westie to earn a dock diving title.