DockDogs Make a Splash

DockDogs Make a Splash

DockDogs Make a Splash

The Rutland County Humane Society’s throws a pool party  for dogs to raise funds for homeless animals.

The Rutland County Humane Society’s throws a pool party for dogs to raise funds for homeless animals.

DockDogs events are fun for families and their dogs. There is competition, awards, national rankings and a chance for folks to see how their dogs compete against other dogs of similar ability. Many attend just to watch, or to jump their dogs for the fun of it. Green Mountain DockDogs became an official affiliate of DockDogs Worldwide in 2013, following an event at Killington. A partnership with Lake Paran gave the group a place to gather, and allowed for the construction of a regulation-sized dock, leading to increased participation. In 2014, they gained access to an official regulation pool and dock at Morse Block, 200 Phyllis Lane, Bennington, putting the growth of the club and exposure to the sport into high gear. At present time there are close to 90 members. Official practices are held twice a month. To be a member, your dog must be at least six months old; any size, age or breed is welcome. Dogs must wear a flat buckle collar or harness on the dock and must go into the water of their own volition. It’s  great exercise, and dogs generally sleep well afterwards! For details, visit greenmountaindockdogs.com. Spectators are welcome to come and watch, or come to try it out – when your dog jumps off the dock for the first time, you’ll be hooked. Any questions can be directed to inquiry@greenmountaindockdogs.com.

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