Leap­ing,div­ing, fetch­ing Dock Dogs com­ing to Ca­bela's Dog Daysof Sum­mer.

Fetch! Those leap­ing, div­ing Dock­Dogs are com­ing to town

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You’ve seen them on ESPN and Out­door Chan­nel, now those leap­ing, div­ing Dock­Dogs are com­ing here.

As part of Dog Days of Sum­mer and Bowhunt­ing Clas­sic at Ca­bela’s in Fort Oglethorpe, there will be a Dock­Dogs com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day and Sun­day, July 29-30.

The Dock­Dogs show­case will in­clude free Dock­Dogs shows, dog-train­ing demon­stra­tions and puppy adop­tions. Bowhunt­ing Clas­sic events will in­clude archery ac­tiv­i­ties, bowhunt­ing demon­stra­tions and kids archery at an in­flat­able archery range.

Dock­Dogs is a ca­nine aquat­ics com­pe­ti­tion in which dogs leap into a tank of wa­ter in at­tempts to set records in length of jump, height and speed of re­trieval. These ca­nine ath­letes log se­ri­ous hang time: 31 feet is the record in Big Air Out­door (a long jump for dogs) and 8 feet, 10 inches for a ver­ti­cal leap.

At Ca­bela’s this week­end, ca­nine com­peti­tors will leap into a 27,000-gal­lon splash pool. The Dock­Dogs show will be­gin at 10 a.m. and run through 5 p.m. each day. There will also be ac­tiv­i­ties on- site in con­junc­tion with the Bowhunt­ing Clas­sic ( see ac­com­pa­ny­ing sched­ule).

“If you haven’t seen these amaz­ing dogs leap 20- plus feet into the big splash pool, you’re in for a treat,” says Philip Sparn, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Ca­bela’s-Fort Oglethorpe.

The free lo­cal event is a na­tional qual­i­fier for the Dock­Dogs World Cham­pi­onship, to be held later this year in Knoxville.

Think your dog has the skills? Sparn says any­body can en­ter. Any breed/mix is el­i­gi­ble as long as it is at least 6 months old.

Just bring your dog (on a 4-foot leash) and reg­is­ter day- of. There will be dif­fer­ent classes based on ex­pe­ri­ence. Han­dlers can’t push or shove their pets into the wa­ter; they must jump in will­ingly.

“We love our four-legged friends here at Ca­bela’s and we know that they play an es­sen­tial role in ev­ery­body’s fam­ily,” says Sparn. “We want this event to be en­ter­tain­ing and ben­e­fi­cial for any­body who loves the out­doors, but we also want it to pro­vide all the re­sources any dog-lov­ing fam­ily needs.

“It’s go­ing to be an awe­some event and we want it to be a chance for your fam­ily to learn more about how to train and care for your pup, or maybe if your fam­ily is ready, adopt a new puppy and give it a for­ever home.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

A Labrador re­triever sur­faces af­ter fetch­ing his toy.

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