LUCAS THE DOBERMAN
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Learning To Swim
When Lucas was around one year old, I took him to play
a few times a week in an open field that had a lake.
I started throwing his favorite toy in the water
near the edge to encourage Lucas to go in the water.
After four months of this process, Lucas cautiously
walked into the water to retrieve the toy. Continuing
to play this game for a few days, it wasn't too long
until he started swimming. Lucas excelled at swimming
and it filled me with joy to watch his confidence
Lucas Got Started In Dock Diving
Involved in dog agility by the age of four, I
still wanted another outlet for his high drive,
of energy, and desire to work. Dock diving seemed
like a great addition to his training program.
dock diving class we signed up for consisted of four
Labrador Retrievers and us, THE DOBERMAN.
ready and eager to learn. The other student
teams in our class seemed intrigued and interested
in a Doberman
taking the class. The instructor was less than
happy when he discovered he had an "off
his class and tried to convince me that Dock
Diving is not a sport for a Doberman.
four labs took their turn to jump off the
dock and then
it was our turn. With only the experience
of swimming in lakes, Lucas would not jump off
the dock when
it was his turn. The instructor proceeded
to verbally humiliate and shame us in front of
the class. I was
certain that Lucas could learn to jump, but
weeks of the instructor's treatment, we did
not go back, and I thought Lucas' Dock Diving
over before it started.
few years later we found The
Canine Ranch in Canton,
where they believe all
can dock dive.
With the support, training and encouragement
from The Canine Ranch's owner, Chris McLeod,
to dock dive and has even placed second in
a dock diving competition in the Speed Doggie
are many types of events in Dock Diving and they
vary from competition to competition.
events are: distance jumping, height jumping,
and speed (how fast your dog can run down
many divisions depending on the sanctioning
organization. All teams are ranked according
to how far they
jump and are rated against teams within
their own divisions
for placements. Overall, the competion
atmosphere is relaxed, and the camaraderie among
competitors is refreshing.
For Fellow Doberman Owners
I often hear other Doberman owners say
that their dog does not like the water
go out in
the rain. Even though Lucas loves to
swim and dock dive, he won't go out in the rain
have a Dock Diving Doberman and not even
know it. Give it
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