The adrenaline fuelling DockDogs® comprised of Dogs jumping into a custom built pool of water. The DockDogs® Australia National Competition has a number of different competitions.
Big Air® was “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 was 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 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 Sydney 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 Sydney.
About the Black Hawk Dock Dog’s MC’s Kaye Browne & Brian Pickering
You probably recognized their voices from years hearing them co-host Pet Talk Radio and their current VETtalk TV podcasts and online videos.
With both having an extensive background in commercial radio, television presenting, and production they decided many years ago to put their professional skills to good use. They are passionate about helping pet parents discover new ways to ensure their pets enjoy the happiest, healthiest and most enriched life possible, and believe the evolution of Dock Dogs into so many widely different categories of competition, means all dogs from the smallest to the largest will love the sport.