By Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
Dock Diving made a splash this weekend returning to Long Island for a 2nd time in the past few months with the most recent event that just took place in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. Friday and Saturday, July 29 & 30, 2016. DockDogs, a Canine Aquatics Competitive company, was hosted by the Greater Westhampton Kiwanis & Hurricane Educational Foundation held at the Westhampton Beach High School.
My dog Cody tried out and competed, but he is still a novice at it and didn’t do great – but we only are in it for fun – he loves, loves, loves to swim, but jumping off the dock can be a bit intimidating for newbie dogs. While he jumped in 5 times total in two days, he really only got to go up and try/compete a total of 8 runs.
Awesome photo by Cathy Pratt Williams of Precious and Few Photography!
The first time he tried it was at the dog shows at the Oyster Bay Planting Fields in May – and he was able to try as many times as he wanted with the NADD AKC Diving Dogs. He jumped a few times then, so it was great to be able to try again with him this weekend. Many of the dogs at today’s event were pros and just so much fun to watch them fly through the air, like this dog, Tango the Pit Bull – what a sweetie! And he competes a lot.
Pet vendors and people from all over brought their dogs to try it or compete. There were dogs there from Arizona and Connecticut, Queens and of course LI.
If you missed it and you are thinking of trying out with your dog, first remember it is for fun – and if your dog actually is good at it then competing may be for you. Your dog needs to have a strong toy drive, be able to swim well – and loving to swim really helps. You have to give your dog time, some dogs take right to it where others, like my own dog, don’t always jump, no matter how much they love their toys or the water. And that’s ok, he had fun is what counts. One of the local DockDogs instructors is hoping to start Long Island Dock Jumpers, email LIDockJumpers@gmail.com for more information.
Thanks to Terrie Bauer and everyone who helped put this event together – we know how much work it takes to put on any event! For MORE pictures of the event, click here! I also really enjoyed the music and MC for the event – he did a great job the entire time. If you missed this event and want to be sure to never miss another pet event happening here on our isle and beyone, click here to sign for the free weekly Pet Events Newsletter!