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First dock diving experience

Otis' first jump - open dock at Summer Splash in Dover, DE. We just went for the practice. Hopefully we'll be going back soon


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Looks like Otis had fun! There is still a month's worth of warm weather hopefully to do some more!

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Can not wait to go to an event. We have people in our club that do dock diving!!!


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This looks like so much fun! What kind of prior work do you need in order to allow your dog to dock dive? Fetch work? And how solid does recall have to be? Do they have to have swimming experience?
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They are having practices at the beginning and end of October, so I am hoping to make those

Zeeva - the dog should have swimming experience. If not, then you will probably spend your first practice just introducing them to the water. Some dogs jump with life vests on because they like the water but aren't very good swimmers.

Dogs usually jump for a toy, so they should have some retrieve work done with them. The toy needs to be floatable and cannot be edible.

This is his first real dock experience. His only prior training was goofing around and jumping into the water from the land or a very low 'dock' (don't know if it could even be called that b/c it was so run down).

I do know there are land based exercises you can do to work on form, but I don't know the details.

As far s recall, it should be decent. The dock should be enclosed, but you'll have to be able to call your dog to you when they are coming out of the water.

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They are having practices at the beginning and end of October, so I am hoping to make those

Zeeva - the dog should have swimming experience. If not, then you will probably spend your first practice just introducing them to the water. Some dogs jump with life vests on because they like the water but aren't very good swimmers.

Dogs usually jump for a toy, so they should have some retrieve work done with them. The toy needs to be floatable and cannot be edible.

This is his first real dock experience. His only prior training was goofing around and jumping into the water from the land or a very low 'dock' (don't know if it could even be called that b/c it was so run down).

I do know there are land based exercises you can do to work on form, but I don't know the details.

As far s recall, it should be decent. The dock should be enclosed, but you'll have to be able to call your dog to you when they are coming out of the water.
This is awesome! So inspiration and it seems to doable too now that you've clarified. Thanks! Enjoy it! and more videos PLEASE. I love 'em!
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I also wanted to ask you; what is your who is your avatar picture of? And what are they doing in the picture? If you don't mind me asking...
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The people at the club we went to were very friendly. The best thing to contact your local club if you are interested in getting involved. It lots of fun for toy driven water addicts like my dog. Even though he doesn't look pretty in this video, we do have hopes for him if we can get some consistent work in. I'll try to get video of his progress, and I'll share it.

I don't mind you asking My avatar picture is the same dog in the dock diving video - my boy Otis.

In my avatar he is doing a sport called weight pull. We started that last year and have slowly been working towards being able to compete.

This is what practicing looks like (this is Otis):

And then this is what a competition looks like (there's a Mal towards the end):

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