Dock Diving     
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Does your dog love to swim, do you like the idea of watching your dog jumping into the water but would rather get a ball back rather than a duck. Dock Diving might be for you. It involves almost no training to get started and can be fun for the entire family.  Dock jumping also known as dock diving is a dog sport in which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water.  In Dock Diving there are 3 different events : Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve.

Big Air is based on the track and field event known as the long jump. The dog runs down a 40-foot dock and launches himself into a pool, chasing a toy the handler has thrown as the dog jumped. The winner is the one who jumps the farthest, as measured from the end of the dock to where the dog's butt hits the water. 

Extreme Vertical is based on the high jump, with the dog jumping upward from the end of the dock, seeking to reach the greatest vertical height. After knocking down a bumper suspended over the water about eight feet out from the dock, the dog splashes down into the pool. 

Speed Retrieve is a newer sport than the other two. The dog runs to the water, jumps in, and swims to retrieve a toy held on a pole 38 feet past the end of the dock. The timer starts at the 20' mark on the dock and ends when the dog snatches the toy from the pole.
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