held Dock Jumping trials on Saturday and Sunday, June 13/14 at
Doggone Dirty Dock Diving in Hollister, CA. Four launches
and one fetch it were
offered on Saturday and four launches were offered on Sunday.
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 1st-4th dog in each category, with a 1st place
prize. 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.
it is similar, except that an object is suspended over the water at
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: Spring 10'-12' Classic 13'-15' Deluxe 16'-18' Fly 19'-21' Elite 22'-24' Pro >= 25'
PASA also offered open dock. Open dock is practice before and in between the launches. The event
well attended with 21 entries. 19 did the launches,7 did the Fetch It and 5 did both. There were several other dogs
that only did open dock. 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.