In 2002, only 240 dogs competed in the DockDogs National Championship Series. This year, there were 8,400 dogs participating in this dog dock jumping event. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.
This popular sport will even soon be broadcast on cable television. The Outdoor Channel is scheduled to broadcast a DockDogs event, which measures distance, and the Extreme Vertical event, which measures height, as a seven-part original series starting October 4.
Dogs run down a 40-foot dock and splash into four feet of water while catching an object.
DockDogs welcomes all participants as long as the dog is six-months-old. Besides that, they don’t have any strict rules.
Well, they have one rule that they definitely enforce. A few years ago, a man wanted to throw a live raccoon into the pool to get his dog to jump farther. But the judges prohibited this, and the next day, they changed the rule book to say that nothing that is alive or was alive could be thrown into the pool.
Source: AM NewYork