someone on another board was asking if there was a novice class, if "seasoned" dogs jump against beginners, etc. She's thinking of entering her GSD in a local dock diving event. The only "training" her dog has had is jumping into the pool after her tennis ball. I've already given her this link: http://www.dockdogs.com/, but it wasn't much help with her questions.
The "divisions" are divided by jump measurements. Anything under 10' (up to 9'11) is considered a "novice" jump. 10' - 14'11 is considered a "Junior" jump, and so on (senior, master, etc)
So, placements are divided like that. First place in the novice division for a wave is the dog who jumped the closest to 9'11 without going over. Junior winner is the closest jumper to 14'11 without going over, and so on.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
The division your dog is in is determined by the dog's jump. For example, in a wave, there might be 25 dogs jumping. Some will jump 20+ feet, some will jump around 15 feet, some will only jump 5 or 6 feet.
So in that one Wave......
The dogs who jump 1" - 9'11" are put in the Novice Division.
The dogs who jump 10" - 14'11" are put in the Junior Division.
The dogs who jump 15' - 19'11" are put in the Senior Division.
The dogs who jump 20' - 22'11" are put in the Master Division.
The dogs who jump 23' - 24'11" are put in the Elite Division.
The dogs who jump over 25' are put in the Super Elite Division.
So even though there are dogs of all abilities jumping in one Wave, each dog is only competing against dogs who jump in his Division.
In that one Wave, there will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Novice. A 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Junior. A 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Senior. Etc.
Dogs with no experience are more than welcomed at a DockDogs event. There is always staff there to help and teach them how during open dock practice time. Definitely bring that GSD and let him try it out!
Aha! I knew this was the right place to ask! Thank you, Nancy & Kate!
You get two jumps in each 'Wave" of competition and they count the longest of the two. You can elect to pass on the second jump. I wish I had known this before one competition where Duke's first jump was 14' 9" putting him in first place at that point in the Junior Division. His second jump was 3" longer, an even 15', which moved him "up" to last place in the Senior division.
It's all fun and everyone helps everyone else.
Even if you don't win a first, second, or third place medal, you will earn a qualifying ribbon or medal for the division of the longest jump. Earn five qualifiers in any division and you are granted a title for that division. Duke just received his certificate as a Junior Jumper National.
Duke and Freckles at their country home