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This photo of Duke in a mid air dock jump was taken by David C. Gibson at our Houston Area Dock Dog facility. This photo shows me two things about Duke's jumps that I hadn't realized before. First is his concentrated focus on the bumper. I will now work on tossing the bumper higher to see if Duke can add some height to his jumps.
The second aspect is the position of his body. His front is higher than his rear which adds distance to his jump. In his earlier jumps he would be flat. The boy is improving with every jump.
I love this photo also as it catches the drops of water coming off Duke.

 

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That is an amazing photo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!
 

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Fantastic shot! That boy is enjoying himself.
 

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If you have access to an agility hurdle, try that for some dry land training to get height to his jump. Set him back 20+ feet and hold the object up over and a little behind the hurdle so he has to jump over it to get it.

I bought a really cheap, crappy hurdle (or you can make one easily if you're so inclined) for Sally and it really, really helped to get her "popping" consistently. I still use it with her occasionally just for brush ups.

Also, when you're practicing on the dock, throw the bumper very short so he can catch it. Don't worry about height or distance. Just concentrate on his catching the bumper. That will get him wanting to catch it every time.

Then, after he thinks he can catch it every time, start throwing it a little further and a little higher. And gradually work him into chasing it every time. Then it's up to *you* to make good throws! :eek: If you can get him chasing that bumper, that's exactly what he's going to do no matter where you throw it. :rolleyes:

But just remember, the #1 rule in dock diving is......HAVE FUN WITH YOUR DOG! :D
 
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