Puget Sound DockDogs
PO Box 8684
Tacoma, WA. 98419
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Formed in 2005, Puget Sound DockDogs is the Western Washington Region affiliate chapter of DockDogs® of Medina,Ohio, the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international dock jumping performance sports. DockDogs® establishes the rules and standards of the sport, tracks results and records, and supports and promotes the growth of its athletes, events, spectators, and sponsors. Puget Sound DockDogs provides support and encouragement to dock diving teams in the Puget Sound area of the State of WA.
Dog owners are invited to bring any dog over the age of 6 months that loves the water and enjoys playing fetch—regardless of breed, size, shape, or ability. All dogs are welcome, and those new to the sport can introduce their dogs to this fast- growing sport, and get tips on coaching and encouraging their pooches from Puget Sound DockDogs members.
The sport of DockDogs consists of four disciplines:
Big Air is the long jump equivalent for canine athletes. At speeds over 20 mph, Big Air dogs catapult off the end of a 40-foot dock into a 28,000-gallon pool to retrieve a floatable object, like their favorite toy. Jump distances are measured from the end of the dock to where the base of the dog’s tail breaks the water. The current DockDogs world record is 28’ 10” and was set by a Greyhoud/Coonhound mix.
Extreme Vertical is a high jump contest in which the dog launches upward in order to knock down a bumper suspended over the water. Runs are shorter, and speed is reduced in order to achieve maximum height at a toy suspended 8’ from the edge of the dock. The DockDogs Extreme Vertical World Record is 8’ 2” and is held by a Belgian Malinois.
Speed Retrieve is a sport where teams race against the clock. Each competing dog runs, jumps, swims, and retrieves an object located on an extender at the end of the pool, at a distance of 58 feet from the starting block on the dock. The current record of 4.85 seconds is held by a chocolate lab named Jordan.
Iron Dog is the discipline to determine the best of the best. An Iron Dog is a dog that excels in all three disciplines, and is determined by adding a precise numerical calculation for each of the three disciplines in order to determine the highest score. The DockDogs World Record holder, Belgian Malinois (Yaeger), jumped 27’ 3” in Big Air, 7’ 4” in Extreme Vertical, and accomplished the Speed Retrieve with a time of 5.75 seconds.