Dock Jumping for Dogs

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What is dock jumping for dogs?
Dock jumping is a dog sport competition involving dogs diving or jumping into water for height or distance from a dock. There are dock jumping and diving competitions in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and many other countries.

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Video of Dock Jumping

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Is any breed eligible for the sport?
All pure and mixed breeds of dogs can compete in dock jumping for dogs. Dogs under 17 inches tall compete in the lap dog division. All others are classified in the general class.

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Who organizes dock jumping competitions?
DockDogs is the independent sanctioning and governing organization for regional, national, and international dock jumping exhibition events. They establish the rules and standards of the sport, track results and records, and support and promote the growth of their athletes, events, spectators, and sponsors.

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What equipment is required?
No special equipment is required for dock jumping for dogs unless your pup is new to the water. If that is the case, you may want to invest in a doggie vest.

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How much does it cost?
Dog jumping for dogs, if you attend an organized event, most practice sessions cost $10 per dog per day. However, you can always practice on your own for free.

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What organizations support dock jumping?
Several organizations now support and promote dock jumping events, such as:

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Are there clubs that help with training?
Affiliate clubs exist in most regions of the United States, including:

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How do I get started?
Most dogs can dock jump with minimal training. If your dog loves the water and can fetch an object, he is ready to compete. Some dogs catch on quickly to the game, while others require multiple attempts to boost their confidence level. The goal is building confidence in your dog while you build confidence.
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