held Dock Jumping trials on Saturday and Sunday, June 12/13
at in Lodi, CA. Alldogsports is a multiacre facitily in the
middle of grape vines and a cherry orchard. There are numerous
buildings including a large boarding facility, a classroom and a
covered arena. There was shaded area for crating and free
RV parking in the parking lot and real bathrooms.
and one fetch-it were
offered on Saturday and four launches were offered on Sunday.
Open dock was offered before and inbetween the launches. Our
judge was Linsey Hines from Texas. She added to the offerings by
giving mini-classes organized around participant questions. We
had a special treat when participant, Steve Teer, set up a little lure
course for the dogs to try on Sunday. And don't forget the best
doughnut holes in CA just showed up in the morning.
For a launch, each dog jumps off the dock, usually towards an
thrown by the handler, two times for each launch. The
dog jumps, measured from the base of the tail, is recorded.
The distance awarded for the launch is the farthest
of the two
jumps. Each jump is placed in a division depending on the
1" to 9'11" Spring
10' to 14'11" Classic
15' to 17'5" Deluxe
17'6 to 19'11' Fly
22'6" -24'11" Pro
were awarded to the 2nd-4th dog in each category, with a 1st place
medal. A dog must complete 5 jumps in a division to earn a
novice title. After that, points, 1 to 5,
which are given for the jump
distance in the division, are accumulated to
determine future titling. Basically, a dog
must earn 25 additional points in a division for each title (Advanced,
Masters, Championship). Dogs can earn titles in more than one
division at a time.
Fetch-it is similar, except that an object is suspended over the water
varying distances and the dog must grab it or knock it down. They
keep jumping as the distances get greater until they miss three times.
The divisions are:
Pro >= 25'
Attendance was light. 11 dogs participated in the launches and
one did the Fetch It. It was great weather for dock
with sunshine and temperatures that only went up into the 80s.
Dock jumping was very exciting for the dogs. They
wonderful time. And so did the handlers. Everyone
cheered on, from the hesitant dogs to the amazing dogs.