Spanish Water Dogs were expected to leap off of piers and boats to retrieve lines, stunned fish and overboard tackle. The leaping function is emulated in this great sport of Dock Diving.
Dogs are enticed to run the length of a dock and leap as far out into the water as possible to compete for either distance or height. They’re motivated to fly with a prized toy, which is thrown just out of reach in order to help them keep their momentum and get the best launch angle possible.
Dock Diving is a fast-growing sport and despite having to haul around and fill enormous inflatable pools, the sport is appearing at more and more dog shows and events.
Some SWDs are currently jumping distances of 16-18 feet.
Dock Diving is not an AKC-sponsored sport, but North American Diving Dogs (NADD) titles can be recognized as suffix AKC titles after they are earned. For more information, visit the NADD site.