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Love to try it!
We've got a 14 month old GSD at club that was in a pond for the first time about a month ago. The dog will never be the same. Thinks he's at the Duck Dog Nationals now, every time he goes near the water.
 

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Dock diving is one of the things I've considered doing when I retire. The other is herding. It just seems like you can have a lot of fun and isn't as much work as one of the ring sports. I really think it is a neat thing to watch.

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Those were great. I especially liked the 4th dog that was held on the dock then when released ran to the shore & started slapping the water with his front legs. A lot of enthusiasm there! I wish there was dock diving around here. It looks like so much fun!
 

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Lisa - can you send me a link to that group. Maybe I will spare the SchH club the experience of my dog and attempt dock diving. :lol:
 

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i know lisa maze does it. it has always been something i have wanted to do!!!!!
 

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I've played around with it with a few of the dogs. Most of them REALLY liked it. A few were less enthused, they would jump in the water for the toy, but did it for the toy, not because of a great love of the water or the jumping. Others definitely got a kick out of the actual jumping/splashing part LOL

Unfortunately I don't have time to do anything other than mess around with it on occasion, at the occasional Wags or when I'm at a pond with a dock. Maybe later on in life, when I'm retired :) For now I'll just have to amuse the dogs with flyball on occasion LOL
 

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I'm not sure Jeff you can clearly see by dog #4 Mongoose --
that not all ring dogs can do Dock jumping.

geez, you would think that in the land of 10,000 lakes my dog could swim :-o

yes Scott, that's little Tango -- he's a great little swimmer
 

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Anne

In honesty, I don't know anything about it... again dog #4 (grin)
I just got bullied into it by some people I work with on occasion.
I know the dogs really enjoy it.

I think you could start with Dockdogs.com?

good luck with that - and everything you try with your dogs!
 

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Dog 4 was your dog? I didn't know - I was serious when I said I loved his enthusiasm.

When my dog was about 12 weeks old he made a happy puppy pounce into the river near the shore. Unfortunately he happened to jump in a seriously deep hole. He dropped like a stone & came up in that panicky, thrashing, head up, ass down position. I hadn't got too attached to him at that point & the water was very cold so I just thought "swim puppy swim" and waited to see how he'd manage (no worries, I had a leash on his harness and probably would have pulled him out sooner or later). He got out & the only lingering after effect is he is hesitant to jump into a pool. He does this tortured sort of yodel/scream then after a few seconds he does jump in. He has no problem with lakes, rivers, or ocean I think because of the gradual slope).
 

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Quote: geez, you would think that in the land of 10,000 lakes my dog could swim :eek:

I have found that if I get in the water with them, then I can get them to swim, and then when I want them to REALLY like swimming, I take them for a walk for about 2 miles or so when it is really stinkin hot at noon, and then it is a lock. I have found that formula works really well.

One of these days I will do this with Buko, and I will report the results.



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Thanks for the link to dockdogs.com! I got Kado started on a dock yesterday. Haha! But he finally learned to swim! :lol:

There's a competition here in a couple weeks and anyone can enter! Perfect timing!
 

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At Bele Chere this year, Purina's Ultimate Air Dogs will be performing. If anyone's close enough to come to Asheville, here are the times, and the place it'll be held:

Show times are Friday at 12:30, 1:30, 3:00 with competition at 5:00; Saturday at 11:00, Noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 with competition at 5:00; and Sunday at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 with competition at 4:00. BB&T Lot between College and Patton Ave.

The Budweiser Clydesdales are also here, and will be participating in a parade that is going to be held on Saturday at 1:00. The Army Skydiving Team is supposed to make an appearance at 10:00 in the morning, too.

I've never been to Bele Chere, and this year will be no exception, because Adam has to work all weekend and I don't want to go alone, plus I already have plans that are too important to blow off (like renewing my driver's license that's been expired since June 8th. :eek: :oops: )
 

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Scott - your dogs look awesome!

Here's a couple things that I have learned.

It's best to put a mat down on wood docks to they aren't slippy when wet and they don't catch toenails.

There are two types of competition - one for length and one for height.

You can build a rig for a hurdle just off the dock to try to get more height.

Seems like dock dog trainers do a lot of work on land.

Everything I learned is from http://dockdogs.com. They have a forum.
 

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Scott & Anne,

Wow I never knew my videos could be so effective.
OK, so have I shown you some of my Mondio videos?

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haha Lisa - I will have to get a REAL dog for that. Someday :) Actually my pup is turning into a cocky little sucker with a very nice calm grip (until I ruin it...), no reaction to being petted, tapped with a stick while tugging. She's an alert little bugger. Maybe I will have to bring her over when she is a bit older and see if she is a remote prospect. I'll try to see what I remember from the Mike Ellis seminar I went to last year.
 
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