Nick Ludwig - I started dock diving 4 years ago at the Winnebago county fair at suggestion of my sister because Winnie was so athletic. About a year ago we really started trying to achieve more records and world championship invites.
-started dock diving in 2011
-achieved senior title with Winnie in 2012
-worked on speed retrieve and the chase method with not much luck in 2013
-In 2014 we came very close to qualifying for the Big Air senior division at regional championships and it gave us just enough taste of the apple that we have been chasing it since. Qualified through wild card for Dock Dogs Express speed retrieve in 2014 and finished 5th in the finals at Dubuque Iowa.
-In 2015 with much help from SwimDog Wellness we were able to start training for Extreme Vertical and Iron dog. We have been to numerous events throughout Wisconsin and Illinois this summer and have qualified for both Turbo speed retrieve and Iron Dog Warrior division for the 2015 DockDogs world champions.
Winnie and I also are avid waterfowl and upland bird hunters.
Dock Jumping classes at SwimDog!
Classes will resume this winter.
We are going to have a new format for our upcoming Dock Jumping classes. Last year we offered drop-in classes, which we may offer later in the winter, however to kick things off we are going to have a session of 3 consecutive classes! That way you will carry through with the same instructor for your entire class session!
Classes will be held Sunday mornings, each class is 45 minutes in length.
Class session are limited to 3 dogs (NO EXCEPTIONS).
8:30-9:15am Beginner Dock Jumping Class
This class is an introduction to the fun sport of dock jumping! Only criteria is that the dog has already completed an Orientation/Swim test at SwimDog and shows the desire to jump into the water! Bring your dog's favorite water toy and get ready to get wet on the deck!
9:45-10:30am Advanced Dock Jumping Class
Classes will include working on the compenents of dock diving, including speed, lift, jump off, timing and accuracy of throw, and the all important stay. Speed retrieve and Extreme vertical skills will also be addressed. This class is geared towards people interested in competing.
Session cost: $75
If you cannot attend all three classes in a session, there will be no refund or makeup class.
Are you interested in the exciting world of dock jumping? SwimDog is the ONLY facility in the state to offer a full slate of opportunities to train and compete, plus we have an awesome group of people that have formed Team SwimDog, who are available to help out newbies and answer any questions if you are interested in competing.
2015 is the first year for Team SwimDog, not only have our students dominated competitions with many wins, but 4 dogs had earned invitations to the World Dock Dog competition in Nov. of 2015! These same team members, plus more qualified and participated in the 2016 World Championships!
How to get started?
First thing is set up an Orientation/Swim Test at SwimDog. This is required for all dogs to use our pool. We need to make sure your dog is safe and comfortable getting in & out of the pool. Once you know your dog is able to get in/out of the pool, and shows interest in jumping off the deck, you can try out our Dock Jumping Drop-in class, or schedule a lesson!
The ONLY indoor pool in Wisconsin set up for dock jump training, with
Speed Retrieve & Extreme Vertical rigs!
Want to have some FUN with your dog? How far can your dog fly?
Private lessons are a great way to get a beginner dog started. Any of the three disciplines can be worked on during the lesson: dock jumping, extreme vertical and speed retrieve. The 3 important components of dock jumping will be emphasized: speed, lift and take off.
Dogs must have completed the Orientation/Swim Test appointment in order to schedule dock jumping lessons to ensure that they are comfortable using the pool.
Nita Diaz has over 25 years of experience training dogs and has earned over 200 performance titles with her dogs in various dog sports, plus two national championship wins in dog agility. She uses a very positive, motivational method of training to get the most out of your dog!
Her lessons are for dogs that are new to the sport, Beginner to novice level.
To schedule an Orientation or a lesson, just Click Here.
Rick Laes has been involved with dogs for more years than he will admit. He has been competing in dock jumping since 1998 and has a WEALTH of experience under his belt. His dog Praz won the World Championship Speed Retrieve in just his first year competing.
Rick offer lessons for dogs that are at competition level in Big Air, Speed Retrieve and/or Extreme Vertical.
Rick offers lessons 1-2 times a month at SwimDog, please contact SwimDog if interested in getting on the list for his upcoming available dates. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.