Radio DockDogs Episode 127 – From the Land Down Under

Radio DockDogs Episode 127 is here and it sure is HOT…at least for those handlers in the Southern Hemisphere in the heat of their summer. In this episode we’re talking to Trudi & David from DockDogs Australia! Trudi, the newly announced Manager of Affiliated Programs for DockDogs Australia is ready to set DockDogs Australia into Sonic Speed and launch DockDogs across Australia in a truly Super Elite fashion. Tune in to hear all about it today.



Trudi DockDogs AustraliaDockDogs® Inc., the Worldwide Sanctioning body and leader in event production for Canine Water Sports competitions has appointed Trudi van de Wint as the new Manager of Affiliated programs beginning February 1st, 2016.   Trudi van de Wint will be heading up the Sanctioned Facility and Affiliate Club programs across Australia as a part of the DockDogs® expansion program.

Trudi joins the DockDogs® Worldwide Management Team with a plethora of experience. In 2013, she helped start Sydney City DockDogs and she continues to act in the capacity of event manager and certified judge for most events in that region.  She has also been a member of DockDogs Australia for the past three years and recently was instrumental in setting up better communication processes and transitions between the Worldwide and Australia office programs.

Vicki Tighe, Director Of Affiliate Programs Worldwide, is excited about Trudi joining the DockDogs® management team and commented that, “As a result of Trudi’s recent yet overwhelming attachment to canine watersports starting back in 2013 when she helped start the Sydney City DockDogs, she quickly advanced her abilities and skill sets and has been acting in the capacity of event manager and certified judge over the last 2 years.”  Vicki also noted that, “Recently DockDogs® Australia has begun executing an expansion plan and Trudi has been instrumental in assisting with setting up transitions for the growth and expansion between Worldwide and Australia.”

In 2015, Trudi built Central Coast DockDogs® from the ground up; gaining experience in business start-up, permitting, dock construction, pool set up, and pool equipment. As Manager of Affiliated Programs for DockDogs® Australia, Trudi will be heading up the Sanctioned Facility and Affiliate Club programs in the land down under and joins the already growing program being organized and operated under Australia’s very own renowned Dog Trainer, Farmer Dave.

David Graham, more commonly known as “Farmer Dave”, President of DockDogs Australia, stated that, “Trudi will be tasked with working with the existing clubs and sanctioned facilities to incorporate more of the worldwide policies and procedures along with, working diligently to bring on line more affiliate clubs and sanctioned facilities across this great country.  In addition, not only is Trudi looking forward to helping me and DockDogs Australia take the Affiliate Programs to the next level, but she will also be sourcing new venues and hosts for our National event circuit.”

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About DockDogs®

DockDogs® is the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international canine aquatic performance sports. DockDogs® establishes the rules and standards of the sport, tracks results and records and supports and promotes the growth of its athletes, events, spectators, and sponsors. For additional information visit or check us out on Facebook at  


2013 People’s Choice Awards Nominations

Microphone dog dockdogsThis the moment we’ve all been waiting for… The 2013 DockDogs People’s Choice Awards Nominations are available now! The 2013 DockDogs season has been absolutely incredible — High Flying World Records set and broken multiple times; DockDogs to host our first event in Italy; the Iron Dog Best of the Best Championships is to air on CBS Sports as part of the Nevada Wild Fest; DockDogs Australia and DockDogs UK forming their first clubs; DockDogs Canada reaches out to British Columbia; the B.A.A.R.K. Foundation grows support and able to provide help for those in need; the launch of the weekly Radio DockDogs podcast program, and so so much more! We’re absolutely ecstatic to see what 2014 has in store!

With all of the incredible accomplishments of handlers and dogs working together as a team; handlers coming together in clubs to work towards building great events; new and old teams inspiring thousands of competitors and spectators; favorite announcers keeping us up-to-date at events and DockDogs crew members going the extra mile it’s going to be a difficult selection process. You can only submit one nomination per category so be sure to ponder your nominations wisely!

In order to submit a nomination please visit, login with your Handler ID and password, and fill out the ballot on the right hand of the screen in full. Nominations will be accepted until 5:00pm EST on September 20th.

Now, it’s time to exercise your right to vote and show your support as part of the 2013 World Championships Awards Ceremonies!

Rules / Policies / Instructions

  1. To nominate you must be a 2013 DockDogs Worldwide Member
  2. One nomination ballot per 2013 DockDogs Worldwide Member with a Handler ID. (If you do not know your Handler ID please try to use the automated process of recovery, be sure to check your spam / junk filter. If this does not work please email us.) 
  3. Nominations will only be accepted via the form at accessible with your Handler ID and password
  4. Nominations must be submitted by September 20, 2013 @ 5:00pm EST
  5. Nominations must be completed in one form submission, multiple forms cannot be submitted.

Radio DockDogs Episode 25 – DockDogs Goes Down Under

David Graham of DockDogs Australia

Radio DockDogs Episode 25 is here and across the globe as well! In this episode we go down under as Jim Zelasko sits down to bark it up with David Graham of DockDogs Australia and Rob the President of Sydney City DockDogs, one of the newest Affiliated Club Presidents in Australia! DockDogs is simply moving forward with Sonic speed and we are psyched to see everyone in Australia experiencing the same magic, canine bonding and fun experience so many others do around the globe.

Sydney City DockDogs is growing so quickly they’re hosting a weekly Sunday Social Splash event to get together and meet new handlers, practice, and have fun. Additionally, DockDogs Australia is set to launch their first 2013 National Event October 5 – 6 in Gold Coast, AU — a great accomplishment as the excitement builds below the equator! Be sure to check out the Facebook page for Gold Coast DockDogs and welcome them to the DockDogs® world. There are many new Affiliate Clubs and Sanctioned Facilities coming soon so be sure to stay up-to-date with all of the fun in Australia on Facebook. Stop on by, LIKE the pages on Facebook, share your favorite tips and of course welcome the newest handlers and teams to the DockDogs community!

Enough from us — let’s get on with the show!

Aqua Dog Sports Thank you to Aqua Dog Sports Sanctioned Facility for sharing a recent Radio DockDogs episode to their Facebook page. Aqua Dog Sports, located in Fort Myers, FL is one of the first Sanctioned Facilities and is owned / operated by Vicki Tighe, the current director of Affiliated Clubs and Sanctioned Facilities for DockDogs® Worldwide!  Aqua Dog Sports was the host of the 2012 Rules Committee, the host of the upcoming Guinness World Records filming for the BBC Series “Officially Amazing” and more! Aqua Dog Sports has an upcoming National event October 11 – 13th in beautiful Fort Myers, FL — be sure to stop out to take part in High Flying DockDogs fun at the Goldenfest! Aqua Dog Sports also hosts weekly “Your Dog Can Do This” lessons with Suncoast DockDogs, the local Affiliated Club; private sessions; and basic swimming lessons to get your furry friend comfortable!  


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