Back in 2009 Matt and I were watching the “Diving Dogs” in the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge on ESPN. In this competition each dog sprinted down a 40 foot long dock and catapulted itself as far as it could go into a big pool of water. The dog with the longest jump, a GSP named “Seven,” in that particular competition, won the event.
This looked like great fun and our GSP, Bailey, had just learned how to swim and already was great at jumping over a two-rail fence in and out of my mom’s garden. We decided to put the two skills together and try out the sport of dock diving. We entered our first “Dockdogs” event in central PA in June 2009 and from that point on we were officially addicted to Dockdogs!
Since that first event we have traveled all over the East Coast with Bailey to compete with our Dockdogs friends and our club members from Delmarva Dockdogs. Bailey has jumped at county fairs in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut and Waterfowl Festivals in Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. The farthest we’ve traveled so far was to a Bark in the Park event in Lawrence, Ohio (about a 10 hour drive!).
Bailey has earned an “Elite” Dockdogs title for Big Air (the long jump event that first got us hooked). She’s also earned a “Top Gun” title in the sport of Extreme Vertical, which is a high jump competition where the dogs must knock down a bumper that’s extended up and over the pool. Some of the high points of Bailey’s Dockdogs “career” so far are listed below.
If you think Dockdogs sounds like a sport that you and your dog might enjoy, I highly recommend that you give it a try! There are local clubs all over the country that have practices and events during the summer. Check out www.dockdogs.com to learn more!
Bailey’s Top Performances:
- #1 Ranked German Shorthaired Pointer in the Country for 2010 and 2011
- 1st Place Elite/SuperElite Finals, 2012 Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show (Tuckerton, NJ)
- 1st Place Elite/SuperElite Finals, 2012 Delmarva Summer Splash (Dover, DE)
- 2nd Place Top Gun Extreme Vertical, 2012 Delmarva Summer Splash (Dover, DE)
- 1st Place Pro Finals, Monmouth County Fair (East Freehold, NJ)
- 2012 World Championship Invitation, Elite Big Air
- 4th Place Elite, 2012 Eastern Regional Championships (McHenry, MD)
- 2nd Place Top Gun Extreme Vertical, 2012 Delmarva DockDaze (Bivalve, MD)
- 1st Place Top Gun Extreme Vertical, 2011 Ocean County Decoy Show (Tuckerton, NJ)
- 1st Place Top Gun Extreme Vertical, 2011 Chesapeake Pondfest (Adamstown, MD)
- 1st Place Top Gun Extreme Vertical, 2011 Delmarva Summer Splash (Dover, DE)
- 1st Place Pro Finals, 2011 Harford County Farm Fair (Bel Air, MD)
- 1st Place Elite/SuperElite Finals, 2010 Delmarva Summer Splash (Dover, DE)
- 2nd Place Elite Finals, 2010 Keystone Stoltzfus Summer Splash (Gap, PA)
- 2nd Place Pro Finals, 2010 Harford County Farm Fair (Bel Air, MD)
- 1st Place Elite Finals, 2010 Keystone That Pet Place Event (Lancaster, PA)
- 1st Place Top Gun Extreme Vertical, 2010 Delmarva Doggone Fun Event (Dover, DE)
- 3rd Place Pro Finals, 2010 Clay’s Bark in the Park Event (Lawrence, OH)
- 1st Place Elite Finals, 2010 Tidewater Paws for a Cause Event (Newport News, VA)
- 2nd Place Pro Finals, 2009 Harford County Farm Fair (Bel Air, MD)
Bailey’s Personal Bests:
- Big Air – 25’6”
- Extreme Vertical – 7’0”
- Speed Retrieve – 6.550 seconds
For more photos, visit TheLittleGSP on Flickr!