This week, PetSafe® will help welcome hundreds of dock-diving, canine competitors to the 2017 DockDogs® World Championship being held in our hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. The event will take place October 25th through the 29th at the Knoxville Convention Center.
DockDogs is billed as the fastest growing sport on four legs, with dogs and their trainers competing in three disciplines:
- Big Air® is a “long jump for dogs,” according to the DockDogs website. As the most popular competition, dogs run down a 40 foot dock and jump into the water after a throw toy is tossed. This canine competition is judged based on the length from the end of the dock to where the tail set of the dog breaks the water’s surface.
- Extreme Vertical® can be thought of as a “high jump” for dogs. In this contest, dogs jump from the dock to grab a toy extended 8 feet from the dock over the water. The starting height for the toy is 4’6” and goes up in 2 inch increments as the competition progresses.
- Speed Retrieve® is a timed event in which dogs jump from the dock to retrieve a toy in the water. Time stops when the toy is pulled from the Speed Retrieve™ bracket.
Tickets for the Feature Finals of the 2017 Dockdogs World Championship are currently on sale.