HAMMOND | Between 75 and 100 dogs from all over the Midwest and Canada will compete in events this weekend at Cabela's.
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, dogs will run, dive, retrieve and jump. The Big Air event will measure the distance from a 40-foot dock to the base of the dog’s tail from where it enters the water after the dog runs and jumps after an object.
During Extreme Vertical, dogs will jump vertically to grab an object hanging above water. The object will gradually be raised, and the height of the highest grab will be measured.
The final event, Speed Retrieve, is a timed event where dogs will jump off a dock and swim to retrieve a stationary object placed 40 feet out. Once the dog grabs the object, the time is recorded for their score.
“Dock diving is a very fun and family-oriented sport. We have a lot of kids competing,” said Bob Evans, president of Indiana Dock Dogs, which is hosting the event as part of Cabela's Summer Kickoff Weekend.
The competition is free to spectators, and those interested in participating may register onsite. Cost to participate is $30 per dog, per wave. Registered dogs will be able to jump twice and have practice time.
“We encourage spectators to talk to competitors to learn more,” Evans said. “If you come to the event ... members will talk to you about how it’s done, give tips and show you things.”
Indiana Dock Dogs is a nonprofit organization composed of people who enjoy the sport of dock diving. The group is an officially sanctioned affiliate of Dock Dogs Worldwide.