Dock Diving is another fast growing dog sport. The Incredible Dog Challenge, sponsored by Purina, was the first event to feature dock jumping in 1997. There are now a number of different organizations that run dock jumping competitions in different countries. Billings K9 Coaching is a North American Diving Dogs sanctioned facility. At NADD events teams can compete in Distance Jumping and Air Retrieve. There are 5 divisions (Novice, Junior, Senior, Master, and Elite) and two classes (Lap and Open). The division you and your dog will compete in is determined by the jump distance (measured where the base of dog’s tail hits the water or distance of successful grab of bumper in air retrieve) . A title is earned once you have accumulated 5 qualifying scores within a division. NADD titles are recognized by AKC. The two classes are Open (16 inch and over dogs) and Lap (dogs under 16 inches). Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

If you are interested in learning dock diving, private lessons are available upon request. Please prepare to book a lesson up to 2 weeks in advance. Cost is $35 for 30 minutes. If you have 2 or more dogs or want to combine a lesson with a friend, cost is $60 for an hour. The pool is available to rent for those who have completed an orientation or private lesson, and your dog has demonstrated the ability to swim and safely use the pool ramp. The Air Retrieve apparatus is NOT available for rent. You must schedule private lessons to learn Air Retrieve. Rental fees are $30 for 30 minutes, $50 per hour or $200 per day. The pool is open from May through September. For those who have already learned AR, Monday evenings have been reserved for AR practice. Cost is $15 for two turns on the dock.

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