Dock Diving Dogs Make a Splash in Asheville

Saturday, 4th of July 2015

Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be making a spectacular splash in downtown Asheville as part of Ingles Independence Day Celebration 2015 on Saturday, July 4th. Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the United States, will host the events as dogs from all over the country practice, perform and compete in dock diving activities throughout the day.

Where Will the Dogs be Diving?

The dock diving events will be in the center of downtown in Pack Square, next to the Vance Memorial.  The 17’ x 45’ giant pool, with distance calibrations on the sides, will be set up and filled with 20,000 gallons of water. Dogs run down a dock and fly through the air to capture a thrown article like a toy, tennis ball or training bumper.

What Times are the Events?

The dock diving schedule will include several qualifying rounds starting at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm, leading to the evening’s finals competition at 7:30pm. So individuals and families will have plenty of opportunities to watch amazing diving dogs and their human companions work, play and have a rollicking good time. As you imagine dogs flying through the air with huge smiles on their faces and tails wagging in the breeze, you may ask yourself, “What about my dog? Would my dog jump off the dock? Can we try?”

Can You Participate?

The answer is YES! Do you think your dog would like to jump off a dock for a toy, stick or lure? Are you willing to get up on the dock with your dog? Any dog bringing an adult human is welcome to register for the dock diving event. What’s more, Ultimate Air Dogs encourages new comers. For this reason, they offer ample open dock time between competitions for practice runs. The organizers are always on hand to provide helpful instruction and training. Please contact Ultimate Air Dog ( to register for the event.

How Can You Practice for Dock Diving?

Of course, the ideal situation would be to have a dock on a lake nearby to practice dock diving. However, if you do not have access to a dock, do not despair. There are always clever ways to practice something if you really want to do it. Check out Calypso’s daily practice jump to start the day off in high spirits. Please contact us at Lucky Dog Training to discuss ways you and your aspiring dock diving dog can prepare for the July 4th celebration. However, be warned – you and your dog will have so much fun, you will never want to stop playing!

Kathryn R. Gubista, PhD offers personalized concierge dog training through Lucky Dog Training and has over 30 years of dog training experience in disciplines including obedience, tracking, agility, sheepherding, dock diving and fieldwork. Kathryn is an evolutionary biologist and teaches a diversity of biology courses in higher education settings. Kathryn is author of How to Train Your Dog from the Dogs Perspective (soon to be released)


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