It seems like everything is becoming a sport today and dock jumping is one of the fastest growing canine sports in the country, with competitions, prizes, and more. However, before we go too far, it's worth noting that not all breeds are suited to this sport. Your dog should have at least one of these two qualities: a love of water or a love of playing fetch. And right along with this, you are going to need a lot of patience and not mind spending plenty of time standing in the water.
Dock jumping can be a lot of fun for you and your dog, it is good exercise for you and great exercise for your pup. No matter which training method you decide to use, keep tossing the target a little higher and further to encourage your dog to continue working harder. Perhaps one day you and your pup can compete in the world championships!
Dock jumping is a lot of fun for both you and your dog, as long as he either likes water or playing fetch. Even if he doesn't meet both, you can always work with your dog to teach him whichever of the two skills he doesn't have. You will also need a place to practice; for best results, use a lake with both a sloping shore and a dock. While you can use the command "fetch" for this trick, you may want to come up with another one that is reserved for this particular activity.
Along with all of this, you should have a pocket full of treats, a nice big fluffy towel, several of your dog's favorite toys, and of course, tons of patience. Oh, and be ready to get wet yourself, as you can count on it during the early phases of training. Be patient, let your pup learn to swim out to fetch the toy back first before having him jump off the dock and before long your dog will be trying to beat the current world record of 25 feet.
Training your dog to dock jump is going to be a lot of fun, but there are a few things you need to get started and ensure a successful result. To start with, you need a place to practice; a lake with a sloping shore and a dock are your best bet. Then, of course, you will need a few special toys just for when you go out dock jumping. Always carry a bag of treats to reward your pup, and of course, be patient--each dog learns at his own pace.
One word of caution, be sure you know what your dog is jumping into. Check that the water is deep enough and is not stagnant. Some lakes and ponds can contain bacteria or algae that can make your furry friend seriously ill.