One of the most popular attractions at the Dog Lovers Show the Black Hawk DockDogs® will once again WOW visitors in 2018.
Unique and inclusive, with Dogs competing in the World Wide rankings of any breed, mix or size competing from the age of six-months.
The adrenaline fuelling DockDogs® comprises of Dogs jumping into a custom built pool of water. The DockDogs® Australia National Competition has a number of different competitions.
Big Air® is a “long jump for dogs”. The dog, which may be placed anywhere on the 40′ dock, runs and jumps into the water after a throw toy (provided by the handler) is tossed. The distance is judged from the end of the dock to where the tail set of the dog breaks the water’s surface.
Dueling Dogs doubles the fun with a high energy speed retrieve between not one, but two dogs – the challenge is to run down the dock, jump into the water, swim to the end of the pool, retrieve an object all against the clock.
Rapid Relay is an exciting battle of teams that encompasses a traditional relay challenge between dogs.
Speed Retrieve® is a “timed event”. At the far end of the pool a bumper toy is suspended above the water with a starting indicator above it. The dog is then positioned at the start line on the dock; when the light turns green the handler releases the dog. The time clock stops ticking when the dog has pulled the toy from the Speed Retrieve® bracket.
Extreme Vertical® is a “high jump” for dogs. The dog starts off at the 20’ mark on the dock & jumps up to grab a bumper toy extended from the end of the dock over the water.
This year DockDogs® forms the aquatic section of the inaugural Common Woof Games – with pawthletes representing Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK. DockDogs® will run between 10.30am-3.30pm daily at Dog Lovers Show Melbourne.