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Will start by next year!!!!
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UKC welcomes a new sport: dock jumping
Kalamazoo, Michigan, December 11, 2007 - The United Kennel Club, Inc. is very excited to welcome and introduce the sport of dock jumping, as seen on ESPN, the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, and the Late Show with David Letterman! The UKC will be teaming up with Ultimate Air Dogs to bring one of the hottest, fastest-growing dog sports to the UKC world. The sport of dock jumping has been growing by leaps and bounds (pun intended) and is incredibly popular with participants and spectators alike. Itâ€™s a sport that any breed, any size, any mix-breed dog can participate in! UKC Registered dogs can now earn UKC Dock Jumping (Air Dog) titles, beginning in February 2008.
Dock jumping is quite simple. In distance jumping, dogs fly down a dock to soar off the end as far as they can, typically into a pool or sometimes a natural body of water. The dogâ€™s jump is measured from the end of the dock to where the base of the tail breaks the waterâ€™s surface. Ultimate vertical is another variation, where a training bumper is suspended eight feet out over the water, at increasing heights. This is the high jump competition. The dog must catch or knock the bumper down for the jump to count. Catch-It is another play on distance jumping; itâ€™s the same idea as distance jumping, but the dog must catch the toy in the air before it hits the water in order for the score to count. Itâ€™s a game that really tests both the skills of the handler and the dog.
Ultimate Air Dogs will put on UKC licensed dock jumping events. Ultimate Air Dogs started as a grassroots dock jumping club in Michigan, and has grown to become one of the top dock jumping organizations in the country. It was started by Milt Wilcox, former Detroit Tiger pitcher famous for playing in the 1984 World Series. What began as a few local events in Michigan has now spread to competitions held all over the country. The Ultimate Air Dogs philosophy is to put on professional events that strive to make every participant important, from the smallest jumper to the farthest flier, while maintaining a family friendly atmosphere. Important as well is to allow for as much open dock time as many participants donâ€™t have access to docks to practice in between events.
Check out the Ultimate Air Dogs website (http://www.ultimateairdogs.net
) or United Kennel Club (http://www.ukcdogs.com
) for more information, and a schedule of events. Come on out to an event, and any of the friendly staff will be glad to answer any questions and help you and your dog get started. Sign up for an event near you!