Friday, January 22, 2010

Dock Dogs in the spotlight at Louisville Boat, RV and Sport Show

One of the more popular attractions at the Louisville Boat, RV and Sport Show is the Dock Dogs competition. Dogs are enticed by a retrieving object to leap as far as they can into a pool where the distance of their jump is measured. There is also a speed retrieve competition. If you have never seen a Dock Dogs competition you can watch a short video here:

Mark Filiatreau, his family and his dog Cooper where participating for the first time and were really enjoying themselves.

“We came out last year and watched and when we left the boys asked me if we could get a dock dog,” Filiatreau said. “We were out in Missouri and we found Cooper, so we picked him up and been playing with him. We brought him out just to see if he would jump. Now that we know he will jump, we’re going to go home and work with him and see if we can get some air out of him.”

The Filiatreau’s are not professional dog trainers, but that didn’t stop them from getting Cooper ready for the competition.

“We have a pond at our house with a dock on it,” Filiatreau said. “The boy’s (Elliot and Garrett) just got to throwing stuff off the dock for him and Cooper started jumping in after it. I said ‘well boys, there’s your Dock Dog.’”

Filiatreau has some advice for others who are interested in getting them and their dogs involved in the sport.

“I would tell anybody that was interested to give it a try,” he said. “You don’t have to have a high dollar dog or anything, just give it a try and go out and have some fun.”

If you are interested in learning more, you can find more information about Dock Dogs at

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