View Full Version : Dock Jumping in Austin, Texas?
10-03-2007, 01:46 PM
I've got a natural dock jumper on my hands and I'd like to get her practicing more "officially". Anybody know of a club that exists in Austin?
10-04-2007, 07:45 AM
Hi GRobb -
Ya'll come up to the Garland event. Our first official jump was in Ark. in 2005. We Texans and Southerns usually have to drive "a bit" to find an official jump. Once you are addicted -- well, I'm up to 5 states to date.
Occasionally they come to us in the DFW area and we get EXCITED! :D
We also have jumped in Buda and a couple of years ago there was an event in Katy. We'll all have to work on getting those again!!
Sandy & Lizzie :p
10-11-2007, 07:43 AM
We don't have a club here in Austin. I'd love it if we did. I go out to lake pflugerville about once a week and jump off a dock there with a friend and her dogs. If your north and would like to join us sometime send me an email email@example.com
Greg at Gateway Dog Training does some dock diving over at the pool at Hearts and Paws. Try him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or come on out to the event this weekend in Garland. It will be my first event also. The people have been super friendly and helpful and I am sure they will help you out. I wont be there until Sunday. My Jack Russell Terrorist will be at a jrt playday on SAt, but we will be there jumping(or trying at least) on Sunday.
10-15-2007, 06:59 AM
Hi GRobb, Danielle is right, we don't have an official SplashDogs club here in Austin. I'd like to get one started though, just can't say when I'll get to it. Too many irons in the fire. Right now, we're just an informal network of crazies consisting of my current and former students. We have a 2/3 size pool and dock at Hearts & Paws that we use. You're welcome to come out and observe. I'll be there this Saturday, the 20th, from 9:00am - 1:00pm.
Send me a PM and I'll give you the details.
10-15-2007, 07:16 AM
Well it looks like you already have the info I was going to pass along to you. I was going to hook you up with Greg Sharp, but it looks like Danielle beat me to it. I hope you can hook up with either Danielle or Greg. They are both wonderful people and will help you get hooked on this sport.
10-15-2007, 07:40 AM
Thanks for the kind words, Debi! (I'll slip you a $5 at the next event!) ;)
Hey, maybe you can give me some tips for setting up a club? Can it be done by a person that has no spare cash (because it all gets spent on the dogs) and no spare time (ditto)?
10-15-2007, 08:45 AM
lol, too funny
I will shoot you an e-mail.
10-15-2007, 09:38 AM
I am a little tight on time these days as well, but it should be settling down here in the next few weeks when flyball season is winding down. If there is anything I can help with as far as an Austin club just let me know.
10-15-2007, 11:38 AM
Marlowe and his mom would definitely be interested in helping with a club in the surrounding area. There is a training facility in SA that has dock diving capability (I think), but really doesn't train. Maybe we could get some interest into San Antonio doglovers, if they could see the sport. We would be interested in doing whatever to get the club going. We are involved in a couple of other activities as well, but would be more than happy to donate time. Let us know.
Emily & Marlowe
10-16-2007, 04:33 AM
Thank you Danielle & Emily, for your offers of help. Debi sent me an email with all that we need to consider and I'll forward that to both of you.
Debi- thanks for the information. There's a lot of stuff in there I never would have considered.
10-30-2007, 05:27 PM
I for one would love to get my dog, Jaxon involved in some regular dock diving. I know for a fact the Triple Crown Dog Academy in Hutto, TX has a LONG, Astroturf covered dock, equipped with a back wall with measurements( itís a small pond in their back acreage). We were visited the Humane Society's Pet Fest (held at Triple Crown) this past weekend and discovered Jaxonís natural obsession with the sport. Jaxon, my 2 years old Flat-coated retriever was consistently jumping 16ft. Is this anything to be proud of on our first day? Iím not really sure what is considered fair for a first time out, I have only heard about National Champion lengths.
10-31-2007, 09:02 PM
You should definitely be proud!
1. Your dog jumped off the dock!
2. Your dog wanted to do it again.:D
This sport is an obsession with both dogs and their people who jump in all different categories. The most important is to have fun with your dog and those around ya.
My dog jumped well the first 2 times and then went downward. It took work to get her where she is today but I was 90% sure she had the potential. Some new dogs come out and win events and some jump and the game dawns on them down the road. :)
11-06-2007, 06:31 AM
Always be proud.
My Choco jumped his best 17'11" 3 years ago. We now jump 12'-14' on good days and I still love it! It is always amazing to watch these babies fly. I am proud of my Choco everytime he jumps, or doesn't. (has that ever happened?)
Anyway, great to hear you had a great 1st time out and anytime we practice here in the dfw area you are more than welcome to come on up!
03-19-2008, 10:52 AM
Triple Crown is hosting their annual Petfest this weekend, and will have open dock most of the day.
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