Dock diving is the ultimate water sport for dogs, and for this weekend only, South Plains residents have the opportunity to make a splash with their furry friends.

The Heart of the Plains Kennel Club is partnering up with North American Dock Diving for their First Annual Sniff and Splash Summer Lubbock Luau.

Attendees will also get to enjoy some of Lubbock’s favorite food trucks including Smokin’ J’s, Ricchezza’s Philly Cheesesteaks, The Spud Truck, Bahama Bucks, Java Jet, and D’Lites Lubbock Ice Cream. Boutique dog vendors will be present throughout the event as well.

Jolynn Payne
Jolynn Payne

Owners can sign their dogs up to run a 40-foot stretch and then leap into a 35-foot mobile pool.

For a distance jump, the objective is for the dog to run down the dock and jump in as far as they can in the water. Some breeds can clear as far as 30 feet. For a retrieve, the dog runs down the dock and jumps up into the air and catches a buoy, landing in the water. Finally, the hydro dash is the supreme swimming relay. Dogs must leap into the pool, swim to the end of the dock, retrieve the buoy, and return it to their owner.

For just $10, you and your pup can try your hand at this exhilarating exhibition. For $30, you can contend for a title.

Vice President and Trial Chair Jolynn Payne says that this is a great way for owners to bond with their dogs, stay active, and enjoy some time in the sun this weekend.

“Dock diving is a fantastic activity that you can do with your dog. It is ideal for any age and any body style. I have been doing it for four years and I currently have five dogs with titles. It is absolutely addicting,” said Payne.

Dogs of all breeds are welcome, but first-time swimmers and heavy-headed breeds are advised to wear a life jacket if they intend to compete. Otherwise, all that is required is your pup's favorite toy that has the ability to float. Attendees are asked to keep their dogs leashed while they are not competing.

Human spectators are welcome, but if dogs are not competing, they ask that you keep them home to limit distractions for competing pets.

It will be hosted at Lubbock Cooper East Elementary School on Friday, July 21st through Sunday, July 23rd from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

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