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This weekend I started launching Duke off the ramp at the dog park to practice for the Dog Dog competition on the 25th.
In this photo you can see the ramp. The lady with the red top is standing on top of the ramp. The end of the ramp is 2' over the pond level so it's the same as the Dock Dog dock.


I got Duke to jump with a good running start and I estimate he did exceed 15' maybe even 18'. We have two more weekends to practice.
I may even drive up to the Houston Area Dock Dog facility to train. A lady there spent $15,000 to construct a sanctioned dock dog facility.
http://www.houstondockdogs.com/
 

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Cool!! That's awesome that you have access to a "dock" like that! :)

Baloo will be starting this soon, hope to hit the dock dog events this summer! :D
 

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Cool! I would love to do that with my guys.
 

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Woohooo! Abbey won't jump off of anything into the water at all.. she needs to walk into it, so I don't think she'll ever do dock dogs.. not at least until she learns to love the water. :(

..although there was the one time she jumped off the dock into 2 feet of mud.... :rolleyes:
 

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John, how wide is the pond exactly? I think of it was pretty narrow there in the center. Duke must have jumped almost clear across it!

We can't get either of ours to jump in with a running start. Swim, yes. Jump, no. Oh well.
 

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John, how wide is the pond exactly? I think of it was pretty narrow there in the center. Duke must have jumped almost clear across it!
The pond is 40' across in the middle. The outdoor scale makes it seem less. If Duke could jump all the way across it would be a world record. :D
 

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Very cool, way to go Duke!
 

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You should definitely go to the HADD group gathering in two weeks!! It's very relaxed out there and lots of fun. The best part is you get a good number of jumps in at once, giving the dog lots of confidence. When we first started jumping at events I found that only getting 2 jumps at a time wasn't enough for my dog. Once he got a few minutes up there and at least 5-6 jumps each time, he fell in love with it!

I'm planning on being there at the practice with my dog, as well as the 24th in College Station. I'm hoping to let my big guy try out lure coursing too while we are at the HADD practice too, anything to wear his big butt out is worth it.
 

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You should definitely go to the HADD group gathering in two weeks!!
I am trying to contact the Houston Area Dock Dogs to get more information. I do hope to join and go up to practice hopefully the week before the actual competition.
 

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Pretty good jump at 18'. As he gets more practice he will only go farther.

My Duke tried out to be a Dock Dog, he has the ambition and the strength, his only problem is that he is to **** big to get enough air time. His best jump was 10' feet

 
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