Big Air is a “long jump for dogs”. The dog, which may be placed anywhere on the 40′ dock, runs and jumps into the water after a throw toy (provided by the handler) is tossed. The distance is judged from the end of the dock to where the tail set of the dog breaks the water’s surface.
Extreme Vertical is a “high jump” for dogs. The dog starts off at the 20’ mark on the dock & jumps up to grab a bumper toy extended out 8’ from the end of the dock over the water. The starting height for Extreme Vertical is 4’6” & goes up in 2” increments as competition progresses.
Speed Retrieve is a “timed event”. At the far end of the pool a bumper toy is suspended 2” above the water with a starting indicator light above it. The dog is then placed at the 20’ white starting mark on the dock, when the light turns green the handler releases the dog, the time clock stops when the dog has pulled the toy from the Speed Retrieve bracket.
The Iron Dog Challenge was invented in an attempt to incorporate all three of the DockDogs ® competitions.
Competitors in Iron Dog participate in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve at a single event. We compile the best run in all three disciplines for each team and the team with the overall best score wins.
Needless to say this competition challenges participants to continuously develop their skills in all three different disciplines, and rewards the boldest, best, and most daring dogs.
A few simple rules to keep in mind when you are getting started
See full 2018 Rules & Policies Here