Dock diving, really? Is that a real sport? Does it go on the pedigree?
I was training in Alabama one winter when I stopped to talk to a gentleman in the RV park where I was staying. He had a couple of nice looking labs, upon which I commented favorably. He said he was on his way to a "field trial". I asked what stake he was running in. It took all the effort I could muster to restrain myself from laughing at him when he said seriously, "We have them entered into the dock diving"
Last edited by zeus3925; 09-13-2010 at 05:07 PM.
I don't want to feed an ugly dog!
Wish DD was a field trial event. Probably the only one i'd have a chance at winning. Its a sport where you and your family can have a lot of fun with your best friends. My dogs love it.
Most of us don't have a chance of winning the type where birds are involved.
At least not the ones that award points that are recognized by AKC.
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there is also "pop". training to jump more up rather than too level
so they get more distance.
they measure where the base of the tail meets the water, so some try to teach and and throw the toy higher so the dog is more vertical, putting the base of the tail further forward.
an then there is extreme vertical. some dogs just dont get it.
my dog has a good, hard, exuberant water entry, to the point of me always being fearful of underwater objects, but he just doesnt jump all that far since he is a show line, big and blocky and beefy like a running back, rather than sleek like a wide receiver.
i have seen many a trained retriever with handlers saying their dog jumps 20 feet all day at their pool or pond and then get up on that dock and dog freezes, and the handler goes home pissed and embarrassed.
whats for certain is the dogs love it. its like taking a group of 5 yr old kids to the pool, they go nuts. i like it as something different to do, i dont get too excited about since my dog is not a top contender and thats fine because i dont need to spend that much money since i also have hunt tests and thats the priority without a doubt.
Dockdogs is working with UKC to have a point and title system, so i hear......
David, good post on Dock Diving. Like you said, hitting the very edge of the dock can mean a difference of several feet. It takes a lot of practice for the dogs and the handler. A well placed throw can make all the difference. The dogs absolutely go nuts over it. If you could see the dog in my Avatar up close you'd see a smile on her face. Sure its fun to win but you don't have to win to have fun. Its all about the dogs. Its not like hunting were its you and the dogs, its something for the wife and kids to enjoy as well. We've met a lot of real nice folks at events. The old timers are always eager to help the newbies. It's a great activity to keep your dogs in shape during the spring and summer time. Try it you and your dogs will enjoy it.
Last edited by gman0046; 09-14-2010 at 08:47 AM.
could someone please explain the purpose of dockdiving competition? It looks like all have fun, including the dog, but aren't most dog events based on tasks the dogs were bred to perform? sure getting in water is part of a dogs job, but specifically training it to run full blast the the very edge then launch really doesn't do much for retrieving, does it? I mean, I'd rather my dog sit attentively at watch as several ducks go down and mark them, rather than getting all hyped up focusing on the edge of the bank. I've had some companion dogs that I would consider this for as a fun outlet, but probably wouldn't want my hunting dog trained on this.
Not donning a flame suit, as this is not a dig, just a question and observation.
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Don't know about your dog dnf, but mine can Dock Dive and hunt as well. Too bad your dog can't do both as its a lot of fun for the dogs. Having to explain the purpose of Dock Diving is self explanatory. Its to have fun with your dogs. As far as it doesn't do much for retrieving, its obvious you've seen the "speed retrieve" competition. Its amazing how someone who knows nothing about a subject can bad mouth it just to be argumentative. Its a typical dnf post. dnf have your dogs ever won ANY competition? The dog in my Avatar has won many. She's a Dock Diving Champion who never missed the Final Four in any event she participated in and a tireless hunter. It's one thing to post anti-American drivel but now you've taken to bad mouthing dogs having fun. Sad,sad,sad.
Last edited by gman0046; 09-14-2010 at 09:26 AM.