Friday, September 4, 2015

Fit Friday: Dock Diving

I already shared some pictures I took of other dogs dock diving at the fair last weekend. Well, I did take Koira up on the dock for the "give it a try" session. Since I was there for a flyball demo, I didn't want to enter an official wave. And Koira doesn't know the difference anyway.

One of my flyball teammates (Sophie's mom, if you remember the little Jack Russel I shared a photo of earlier this week) was nice enough to video our jumps for us.

Koira broke her stays a few times to start with. I reset her closer up finally, and went from there. And I was very proud that she held her stay at all. We've been doing a lot of work with impulse control, and I think it is paying off. On our second jump, Koira didn't break her stay at all.

She isn't a super long jumping dog, but she obviously loves this sport. She'll jump here in front of crowds into a pool, into our pool at home, or into the river. It is all the same to her, she just loves it. And I love that dock diving is essentially a low impact sport. Other than the impact of running and of climbing up the ramp at the end, there aren't any pressures or impacts on the joints.

Koira was doing the distance jumping here, but you can see in this video below (taken by X-Treme AirDogs) that even when dogs are doing the vertical jumping and hitting the water with more vertical force, that they still don't hit the bottom of the pool.

Overall, we really enjoy dock diving, both at the river and in competition settings. Though I have to say, I think Koira has a little more fun than I do.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dock Diving at the Oregon State Fair

While I was at the fair on Sunday to help with the flyball fun match and demo, there was also dock diving going on just a tiny bit away. I thought I'd share a few of my favorite photos that I took.

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I love how much they both look like they are having fun.

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This dog won this division, despite being the smallest.

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This is Force, the Dutch Shepherd that we've previously mentioned from straight racing a few months ago

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And this dog was simply the best dressed dog there.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Flyball Teammates

On Sunday, my flyball club hosted a Fun Match at the Oregon State Fair. While there, I played around with my camera some, and wanted to get pictures of some of the new up-and-coming members of our flyball team.

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Little Sophie, the shorted Jack Russel I've ever met, and a total sweetheart

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Blitz, a Schipperke, and a little ball of crazy energy

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Ziva, from DZDogs fame, who was a bit nervous about being at the fair, but did very well anyway

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And Trix isn't new, she is a veteran, but could YOU have resisted this face?