DOCK DIVING ... or jumping into the water to retrieve toys! What dog wouldn't enjoy that! Well, lots I suppose but I was introduced to it because of Jake and Brita who loved the water and loved to retrieve so it was natural for them to combine the 2 loves. Jake was the only one who participated in organized events and had titles in DOCK DOGS and NADD (North American Diving Dogs)!
SO.. because it was such fun I wanted a dog who could compete and I think Mookie is that dog and will learn to love it! In the meantime, progress is slow and getting wet was just the first issue (drought in Hungary and he looked at rain the first time as if the sky was falling in). We started our dock diving adventure in August of 2022. Below, in reverse order is the progress he has made!
2022 September We started going to Three Hounds Training Ground since the lure of an INDOOR pool was calling us!
- The first visit acclimated Mookie to the dock and he learned to come out of the pool by using the ramp. He seems to really like it because he is happy WHEN he reaches dry land!
- The 2nd visit he was more relaxed and he now swims from any part of the pool to the ramp to get out.