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The sport of DockDogs® encompasses 3 distinct disciplines, as well as Iron Dog™, which is a point total comprised of the top scores from all 3 disciplines. Titles are attained on both a National and Club level by achieving 5 legs (National legs for a National title and Club legs for a Club title) in Big Air®, or 3 legs in Speed Retrieve™ and Iron Dog™. A title in  Extreme Vertical™ can be earned by achieving 5 scores at either National or Club events. Titles are only tracked for DockDogs® Worldwide members; however any legs achieved prior to becoming a member will count towards titles once you join. Title certificates are accessible on the member's dashboard at
Big Air® is a “long jump for dogs”. The dog, which may be placed anywhere on the 40’ dock, runs & jumps into the water after a throw toy. The distance is judged from the end of the dock to where the tail set of the dog breaks the water’s surface. Awards are given out following each wave based on the best score of each dog within the divisions listed below. All scores are included in the Big Air® Finals bubble for figuring the finalists after the final wave of the event.
Divisions / Titles
Jump Distance
Novice 0'1" - 9'11"
Junior 10'0" - 14'11"
Senior 15'0" - 19'11"
Master 20'0" - 22'11"
Elite 23'0" - 24'11"
Super Elite 25'0" and Above

Speed Retrieve™ is a “timed event”. At the far end of the pool a bumper toy is suspended 2” above the water with a starting indicator light above it. The dog is then placed at the 20’ white starting mark on the dock, when the light turns green the handler releases the dog, the time clock stops when the dog has pulled the toy from the Speed Retrieve bracket. In competition if there is only one Speed Retrieve™ heat, it is an all in one heat and finals.
Divisions / Titles
Jump Speed Range
Sonic < 5.99 seconds
 Nitro  6.00 - 6.999
Turbo 79.00 - 7.99 seconds
Express > 8.00 seconds

Extreme Vertical™ is a “high jump” for dogs. The dog starts off anywhere forward of the 20’ mark on the dock & jumps up to grab a bumper toy extended out 8’ from the end of the dock over the water. The starting height for Extreme Vertical™ is 4’6” & goes up in 2” increments as competition progresses. This discipline is a wave and finals all in one.
Divisions / Titles
Jump Height Range
Cadet Up to 5'11"
Top Gun 6'0" to 6'11"
 High Flyer

Iron Dog is similar to a triathlon. Dogs that are registered as an Iron Dog will have their best score in each of the three disciplines from the event (Big Air®, Speed Retrieve™, Extreme Vertical™) calculated from a points table. The goal is to achieve the highest total points.