One of the most popular attractions at the Dog Lovers Show the Black Hawk DockDogs® once again WOWed 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® was a “long jump for dogs”. The dog, which was placed anywhere on the 40′ dock, ran and jumped into the water after a throw toy (provided by the handler) was tossed. The distance was judged from the end of the dock to where the tail set of the dog breaks the water’s surface.
Dueling Dogs doubled the fun with a high energy speed retrieve between not one, but two dogs – the challenge was 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 was an exciting battle of teams that encompasses a traditional relay challenge between dogs.
Speed Retrieve® was a “timed event”. At the far end of the pool, a bumper toy was suspended above the water with a starting indicator above it. The dog was then positioned at the start line on the dock; when the light turns green the handler released the dog. The time clock stops ticking when the dog pulled the toy from the Speed Retrieve® bracket.
Extreme Vertical® was a “high jump” for dogs. The dog started off at the 20’ mark on the dock & jumped up to grab a bumper toy extended from the end of the dock over the water.
This year DockDogs® formed the aquatic section of the inaugural Common Woof Games – with pawthletes representing Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK. DockDogs® ran between 10.30am-3.30pm daily at Dog Lovers Show Melbourne.
Registration to enter your Dog for next year’s 2019 event, keep your eye on the page in the future for the registration form for 2019.