In the sport of Diving Dogs, there are a few different disciplines depending on what organization you are jumping with.
Since we are currently a hosting facility for NADD (North America Diving Dogs) here at Southtown K9, we currently offer three different disciplines for NADD events:
This video, we are going to give you a brief overview of what the NADD Vertical discipline is all about.
First, the setup for Open class is as follows:
The bumper is hung out over the water exactly 8’ from the edge of the dock. The dock is 2’ above the water, and the starting height of the bumper is 4’ 6” from the dock.
The goal is for the dog to run, jump, and knock the bumper off the magnets. The dog does not have to grab the toy, just knock it off.
After every successful grab (or knock-off), the rig that is used to hold the bumper is lifted up 2”. The dog will make another attempt. If the dog has another successful grab or knock-off, the process is repeated.
This continues until the dog has 2 consecutive misses at a certain height.
The last successful grab (or knock-off) height will determine the division your dog qualifies for during that particular event.