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I also went to a dock diving competition over the weekend. It looks like a fun time. We didn't take our dogs but they allowed people to try it out and I'm pretty sure both our guys would love it.

It's very fun. I see it as Shala's total fun sport - no real rules, other than holding the sit at the foot of the dock until I release her. And it's a chance to do big entries into water (which she loves to do) and swim all day. What more can a dog ask for?

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It's very fun. I see it as Shala's total fun sport - no real rules, other than holding the sit at the foot of the dock until I release her. And it's a chance to do big entries into water (which she loves to do) and swim all day. What more can a dog ask for?
It's funny because the first dog refused to jump, and then a Golden came out flying. We watched for a while and when we left my husband and I both thought that our dogs would love it. There didn't seem to be anything involved that they don't both already do.

Later that night my son came over and he had been at the same outdoor expo, but at a different time. He said "we should load our dogs up one weekend and try it". He has a lab that jumps from one end of my pool to the other from a sit. My pool is 30' long. We actually were afraid last year he was going to hit the end.

It just seemed relaxed and fun. To be clear I'm sure we weren't watching the very best dogs, but they were having a great time.
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It's funny because the first dog refused to jump, and then a Golden came out flying. We watched for a while and when we left my husband and I both thought that our dogs would love it. There didn't seem to be anything involved that they don't both already do.

Later that night my son came over and he had been at the same outdoor expo, but at a different time. He said "we should load our dogs up one weekend and try it". He has a lab that jumps from one end of my pool to the other from a sit. My pool is 30' long. We actually were afraid last year he was going to hit the end.

It just seemed relaxed and fun. To be clear I'm sure we weren't watching the very best dogs, but they were having a great time.

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You should definitely bring your dog to an event (or see if there are classes in your area, that's how we started). But most events have opportunities for dogs to try it - either before the competition, or at the end. Or just sign up for one wave - it's about $25-$30 a wave. If your dog doesn't like it, or doesn't jump, well, so you lost $30. Email the event organizer to check before you go and see what your options are, but generally, they are interested in helping people get into the sport (that's my experience with Dock Dogs - I've never been to other dock diving organizations' events).

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It's funny because the first dog refused to jump, and then a Golden came out flying. We watched for a while and when we left my husband and I both thought that our dogs would love it. There didn't seem to be anything involved that they don't both already do.

Later that night my son came over and he had been at the same outdoor expo, but at a different time. He said "we should load our dogs up one weekend and try it". He has a lab that jumps from one end of my pool to the other from a sit. My pool is 30' long. We actually were afraid last year he was going to hit the end.

It just seemed relaxed and fun. To be clear I'm sure we weren't watching the very best dogs, but they were having a great time.
So I took Maggie in to the local pet valu to use their self serve dog washing station. It's over 4 feet like maybe 4.5 feet high for the front ledge and it's all ceramic tile. I taped the ledge for Maggie to put her paws up so I could pick her to put her in. This is the norm for when we come which is an average of about 3 times a month for a bath (the dryer is the reason lol). This was from a sit about a foot or so back, she just cleared it without touching anything. Just BOOM! and she was in. I had to pick up my jaw. Then when she turned around, she had this look like hmmph, why did I do this!? Lol

She's so athletic it's crazy and I don't have time for agility but the dock diving I'll be doing this summer.

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So I took Maggie in to the local pet valu to use their self serve dog washing station. It's over 4 feet like maybe 4.5 feet high for the front ledge and it's all ceramic tile. I taped the ledge for Maggie to put her paws up so I could pick her to put her in. This is the norm for when we come which is an average of about 3 times a month for a bath (the dryer is the reason lol). This was from a sit about a foot or so back, she just cleared it without touching anything. Just BOOM! and she was in. I had to pick up my jaw. Then when she turned around, she had this look like hmmph, why did I do this!? Lol

She's so athletic it's crazy and I don't have time for agility but the dock diving I'll be doing this summer.
Is there a club in Maryland? I'm in Delaware and seem to have no luck finding anything.... It really did look fun.
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Is there a club in Maryland? I'm in Delaware and seem to have no luck finding anything.... It really did look fun.

I don't know I'm just over the DE MD line in Elkton but I do everything in DE, Newark area. I'm going to start on my own and I'll look for something. Just look up dock dogs and they should have a schedule of where and when they will setting up places.

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It looks like Dock Dogs will be at Concord Pet's Pets in the Park event (Glasgow Park at RT 40 and 896) in June Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th. They usually have the Dock Dogs there for it.


https://dockdogs.com/eventscal/pets-in-the-park-4/

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There is the Delmarva dock dogs as well


https://www.delmarvadockdogs.com/


The site looks like it's not current though after rummaging through it

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Is there a club in Maryland? I'm in Delaware and seem to have no luck finding anything.... It really did look fun.

You don't need to join a club - you can just register for an event in your area. Check out the Dock Dogs website. There is also North American Diving Dogs (have not done their events).

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You don't need to join a club - you can just register for an event in your area. Check out the Dock Dogs website. There is also North American Diving Dogs (have not done their events).
And Ultimate Air Dogs (but they don't do AKC titling, if that's something you're interested in).
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