Distance is the main discipline in the dock diving sport. The game is how far can your dog jump. This is measured where the base of the tail enters the water. We use a certified judge who has been trained to measure the distance. There can be one or two handlers on the dock. If using two, one usually holds the dog in place revving them up, then releasing them while the other handler throws the toy. If only using one handler, the dog is usually in a sit stay position until the handler releases the dog and throws the toy. The dock is 8′ x 40′ and sits 2′ above the water. The entire dock can be used or less if you choose. You get 2 jumps per “splash”. The best distance from your 2 jumps is your final score for that splash. There are usually 6 splashes in a weekend. The top 6 dogs in each division then go on to the finals to compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in their division.
Please go to the organization’s website for rules and membership information. UKC – hosted by Northern Illinois K9 Association or NADD – North America Diving Dogs. You do need to be a member of each organization in order to compete in their events.
Also see Facility Rules.