Cute dog jumps into pool at Benson's doc dogs event

Are you ready for a fun, family-friendly event that showcases your dog’s athleticism and really makes a splash? Check out DockDogs at Benson’s Pet Center on June 8-9, 2024. With options for high-jumping, long-jumping, speedy, and all-around athletic pups, DockDogs has it all. Let’s dive in!

Big Air: The Long Jump for Dogs

Dog glides over water at Benson's dock dogs event

The original and most popular event, Big Air, judges our four-legged friends on their long-jumping abilities. Pups can start anywhere along a 40’ dock, and after a running start, their handler will toss their favorite toy into the waves. The dog who crosses the most distance (measured from the end of the dock to where the tail set of the dog breaks the water’s surface) wins!

Extreme Vertical: Reaching New Heights

Dog launches for buoy at Benson's dock dogs event

Extreme Vertical is a high jump challenge that’s bound to get tails wagging. Dogs will start at the 20’ mark on the dock and jump for a bumper toy that’s set 4’6” high and 8’ from the edge of the dock. As the competition progresses, the bumper is raised in 2” increments. The pup that jumps the highest to retrieve the bumper wins.

Speed Retrieve: The Fast and the Furriest

Dog take off toward pool at Benson's dock dogs event

Speed Retrieve is for the zoomiest of pups. A bumper toy will be suspended 2” above the water at the end of a 40’ pool, with a starting light above it. Handlers will hold their pup at the 20’ starting mark on the dock, and when the starting light turns green, the handler releases their fur missile. The time clock stops when the dog has pulled the toy from the Speed Retrieve bracket, and the dog with the best time gets the prize (and of course, the bragging rights).

The Iron Dog Challenge: The Ultimate Canine Triathlon

Dog launches toward pool at Benson's dock dogs event

Created for our most adventurous canine friends, the Iron Dog Challenge combines our Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve competitions into one epic event. Teams that register for all three events can register as an Iron Dog team, and their best run in each of the events will be compiled. The pup with the overall best score will be named top dog!

Quick Rules for our DockDogs Event:

  • There are two ways to register for an event, pre-register online or register onsite at the event. There is a discount for teams that pre-register online and it also guarantees you a spot in the waves you would like to enter. Youth Handlers receive discounts for Big Air Waves through either form of registration! non members may pre-register for an event on 2 login occasions. Membership is needed for additional pre-registration logins. Please note that a handler account consists of one handler with one or more dogs.
  • Anyone can bring their dog to an event to compete, either by pre-registering through our website or registering onsite on a first come first serve basis.
  • The dog must be AT LEAST 6 months old, and the handler must be AT LEAST 7 years old to compete or practice.
  • No pushing, shoving or throwing the dog in the water. He/She must go willingly!
  • Poop and Scoop or clean up is mandatory
  • When at a DockDogs® event all dogs must be on a 4′ leash, 8′ away from other dogs at all times or in a crate within the kenneling area.
  • There is a handlers meeting 15 minutes prior to each wave you are participating in. If you are not in attendance at the meeting you will be scratched from the wave and you will not be refunded your entry fees.

Is your superdog up for the challenge? Register for the DockDogs event at the Clifton Park Benson’s Pet Center today! Want more information about DockDogs? Check out their website for all the nitty-gritty info.