If you’ve ever taken your dog to the beach or a nearby lake, you know that some dogs are just natural born swimmers. My dad’s dog, Duke, for example took to it like a fish to water. At first, Duke was a bit hesitant and just pawed the water the first time he was taken to the lake.
To get Duke to overcome is uneasiness, my dad began to throw a ball out to the water to have Duke go and fetch it. After a few tries, the ball went farther and farther into the lake. Duke quickly became an old pro. Now he starts to whine with anticipation every time we take him out to the water.
There’s one dog sport that’s gaining massive popularity, especially for those water-loving pups in your life.
Dock Diving Dogs
Dock jumping (also known as dock diving) is an international water sport for dogs with events throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
Sort of like a track and field long jump only with water instead of sand, dock jumping measures the distance a dog can jump from the dock into the pool below. The dock usually measures from 35 to 40 feet in length and sits 2 feet above the water’s surface – the pool itself is usually 4 feet deep or more.
In order to calculate the distance jumped, the distance between the end of the dock and the point where the base of the dog’s tail breaks the water is measured.
World Record Dog Jumps Over 25 Feet
While the sport of dock jumping originated as simple distance jumping, other variations have now been added such as vertical jumping (where the height of a dog’s jump is measured), and speed retrieval (timing how fast a dog can swim to the end of the pool and retrieve the retrieval object).
Dock Jumping Dog Organizations
There are so many dock jumping organizations out there that hold events throughout the world – all with their own rules, events, and competitions:
Amber Keiper is the Marketing Coordinator and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud “BARF brats” – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”). For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.