If you’re looking for information on how to get involved with dock diving you’ve come to the right place!
At all DockDog® events there is a 40 foot dock with a 40 foot pool. The dock is 24 inches above the water. This remains constant for judging purposes.
To begin, the first thing you need when attempting your first few jumps off the dock is a floatable toy. Any toy that floats is acceptable by DockDog® rules. The best toy to use is one your dog is wild for, then when you throw it in the pool he’ll actually want to jump in to get it! Making sure your dog has some “toy drive” and enjoys the water are two key components with DockDogs®. Put those two together and you’ve got a great dock diving combination.
Handlers may use any technique to get their dog into the water. You can lay down on the dock, splash the water and make as many encouraging sounds/motions as you like! However, we do not allow pushing, pulling or throwing of the dogs into the pool. This will result in a no score.
You may use any throwing technique as well. Some people prefer the chase method and have their dogs sit at the end of the dock and dive into the pool while the toy is in mid air. Other people prefer a “fly ball” method of throwing the toy called place and send, taking the dog back on the dock, revving them up and releasing the dog. The trick is to try out various methods and see which works best for you and your dog. The only rule about this is that in competition you only get 60 seconds from when your dog sets foot on the dock until the dog is in motion into the pool. If it takes you longer to get the dog in at this point there will be a no score.
Distance is measured from the base of the dog’s tail. At club events they are judged manually by two certified judges, at a National event they are judged electronically by a computer that freezes frame by frame. Both methods are very accurate.
Once your dog has figured out the name of the game you can take the time to perfect your own skills such as throwing….any handler will tell you “it’s all in the throw”!
The most important thing to remember is to have fun!
What do I bring to an event?
Here’s a checklist of things to bring to an event to make it more enjoyable.
-Bottled water for dogs and humans
-Fold up chair
-Shade tent if you’re at an outside venue (both for rain and sun)
-Floatable toys (bring a few different ones, you may want to switch things up)
-Sense of humour!
For a complete set of rules and regulations please visit https://dockdogs.com/events/rules-policies/
To receive some one on one newbie advice we are happy to announce that you can now email ontariodockdogsclub[at]gmail.com – we try to respond to all e-mails within a few days and answer any questions you may have!