German Shepherd Dog > Dock Diving Pictures (15 replies)
Dock Diving Pictures
by dAWgESOME on 31 July 2011 - 20:26
|Tried out dock diving this weekend - had lots of fun. Our longest jump was 13 feet - the first place jump in the amateur class was 18 feet (yellow lab). There were a couple Border Collies and one Mal other then that all sporting/hunting dogs. |
by Kalibeck on 31 July 2011 - 20:34
|OMG--too funny! That looks like super fun! I love that 'running as I land' style dive! Perfect sport for this weather! jackie harris|
by dAWgESOME on 31 July 2011 - 20:55
|Yes, its the perfect hot summer day sport! Here are a few more.|
by Jyl on 31 July 2011 - 21:34
|Great action shots!! Looks like alot of fun..|
by LadyFrost on 01 August 2011 - 19:00
|wow that is pretty cool....great shots...|
by Smiley on 01 August 2011 - 19:02
|Very neat!!! Great pics as well..beautiful and focused dog!!! Thank you for sharing the photos and your experience! It's always nice to see things like this and the pics really do make one smile!!|
by KellyJ on 01 August 2011 - 20:13
Wow! thats awesome! I wish I could find a place around here to take my dog. He would love it! I used to take him to the local lake and let him dive off the boat landing, until a park ranger ruined the fun!
by dAWgESOME on 01 August 2011 - 20:56
|Thanks - we had a great time. Here is a link to the venue that travels around and puts on these events. |
At this event they only had the SRS super dock not the SRS super V (vertical jump). If you show up with a GSD tell them Summer & Manny sent you
It was the best deal in dog sports ever - only $10 paid our entry for Saturday and got us as many practice jumps as we wanted fri, sat and sunday. Since we qualified for finals with our 13 foot jump on Saturday we compeated again on Sunday. It was so fun - also observed in the Pro division some of these folks take this sport very serious, just a serioues as any other competive sport really... Pretty cool
And one more, this looks like it could be an ad for Eukanuba tee hee....
by Donnerstorm on 01 August 2011 - 21:23
|That's awesome!!! It does look like A LOT of fun!!! Were they shocked to see you show up w a GSD? Just shows how versatile these guys are they love doing just about anything as long as you are there with them!!|
by dAWgESOME on 01 August 2011 - 23:49
Yes, there were some surprised faces when they saw us on the dock, but the other dock divers were very friendly and there were some "other" non-hunting breeds jumping. Plus the announcer mentioned several times about the world record (29 feet) being held by a Mal.
There was a water fowl expo going on at the same time so I'm sure some of the old hunters might have seen us up there and thought "WTH is that dumb blonde doing up there with a Sheppard "(intentional mis-spell, LOL) but its all good!
I'm very happy to have been able to have shown our beloved breed in a positive and versatile light. While we were waiting in line to jump Manny was giving out kisses and being his usual goofy and affectionate self. Maybe one of the best or most unexpected complements was from one of the handlers in the Pro division who said I should take him duck hunting some time. I personally have never done that but who knows maybe I can loan him out to someone I trust who does.... LOL
by isachev on 02 August 2011 - 01:03
|WOW is right, those are some great pics. Been trying to get mine to jump in my pool to no avail. That set up you went to was awesome. Was this his first time jumping into water like that? Anyway thanks for sharing some great shots of a good looking GSD!!! Pete|
by Gemini on 02 August 2011 - 20:28
|How did you get your dog to jump into the water? I looked at that link and also found a dock diving club that is holding an event in my city in a few weeks. Gonna take off from work and go have some fun. How was the event for beginners? Any tips you can give. We do the basic same thing but on sidewalk to play fetch. I introduced her to water she likes swimming but not sure how to get her to jump into the water and dont want to force her. Any tips would be great. thanx|
by dAWgESOME on 03 August 2011 - 02:03
|The photos shown are from Sat & Sun - on Fri evening we went to open practice to get him used to the pool/ramp/dock and so on. We did that by guiding him up the ramp that goes in and out of the water and tossing what ever toy item you are using just a few feet in front of the dog, letting them get it and then figuring how to get back up the ramp. Manny took to it immediately and wanted to get down to business and start getting some air LOL. Our advantage was/is that this dog LOVES the water and is a very strong swimmer (if I trained him for it I think he could do water rescue, I have gone swimming with him and have had him tow me back to shore). Plus he will retrieve anything that is thrown for him and very eagerly anticipate you throwing it again. Sometimes I joke that he is actually a Lab trapped inside the body of a GSD. Me being a GSD/SchH person I was comparing the distance to that of the launch/air time during the courage/long bite and Manny was never very much of a high flyer type dog (more power then flight) but I have a female I'm going to try this with next time that loves to go airborne. She has gone swimming before but never showed a real strong interest in it but today I took her to the lake and she ran right in water and tried to bite a buoy that looked like a big jolly ball from the area around the boat launch.... so I guess I might have another dock diving candidate on my hands. I hope that answers your questions if you have more I'd be glad to help. The dock diving is cool but more then that swimming is such great joint safe exercise plus I really just like to have fun with my dogs -|
Manny says "Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming - Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.....
by dAWgESOME on 03 August 2011 - 02:13
|And.... Thanks for the complements, I can't tell Manny thou or else he'll get an ego.... LOL|
So all in all the best tips -
Make it fun take it slow, help the dog don't force the dog.
Show them what you want them to do and make it easy for them.
With how hot it has been once they realize how great it can feel all the better.
by Gemini on 03 August 2011 - 17:27
|That last picture makes me want to dive into the water great shot. The water kinda puts me in a trans. Thanx for the tips.|
by novembergray on 06 August 2011 - 22:33
Here's mine. I love watching the dive!