The World's Premier Canine Aquatics Competition

Shipp’s Corner Pet Spa & Resort is proud to announce its place as one of the six nationally sanctioned DockDogs® Training Facilities.

For those of you who don’t know, DockDogs® is a national organization that promotes physical fitness, bonding and training for humans and animals alike. The sport of dock diving is the fastest growing dog sport in the United States and is open to any dog. DockDogs® is a fun, performance sport for dogs that gives pets and owners a sense of purpose and accomplishment. DockDogs® events are held regionally, nationally and internationally. The DockDogs® competition is comprised of four separate sporting events: Big Air®, Speed Retrieve®, Extreme Vertical®, and the Iron Dog®.

Big Air® is the “long jump” for dogs; the typical dock dive. The dog which may be placed anywhere on the 40’ dock, runs and jumps into the water after a throw toy. The distance is judged from the end of the dock to where the tailset of the dog breaks the water’s surface.

DockDogs® World Record: On 6/17/12: 31’00 by “Taz” owned by Mike Chiasson and on 8/4/12  "Cochiti" owned by Diane Salts tied this record
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.
DockDogs® World Record: On 2/26/12: 4.442 seconds by “Remi” owned by Tom Droplik
Extreme Vertical® is a “high jump” for dogs. The dog starts off at the 20’ mark on the dock and 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” and goes up in 2” increments as com-petition progresses.
DockDogs® World Record: On 6/30/12: 8’4” by “Yeager” owned by Dave Skoletsy and on 12/15/12 "Bo" owned by Crystal McClaran tied that record
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.
DockDogs® World Record: On 6/17/12: 3120.59 points by “Taz” owned by Mike Chiasson

DockDogs® has a zero discrimination policy. We welcome any breed, mix, or size dog that is six months or older to come out and join our Dock Diving family.


Interested in trying this sport with your dog?

-Provide for us a copy of your pet’s vaccine history. This can be done by either having your current veterinary facility fax to us your history or by coming in and presenting it to the front desk. We require that all dogs jumping at Shipp’s Corner Pet Spa & Resort be up to date on their Rabies, Bordetella, Distemper-Parvo, and have had a negative fecal exam within the year. Our fax number is: (757) 257-5017

-Set up an orientation time. This orientation is meant to inform you of our dock rules and procedures, make sure that you and your pet can both safely enter and exit the pool, and briefly show how one might approach each of the DockDog® events. No one may jump off our dock without completing our or Tidewater DockDog’s orientation class.

-After one has completed the orientation, he or she can then rent the dock for one hour increments.

Rules for the use of the dock/ things to bring with you to the dock:

  • Leash
  • Crate (if have multiple dogs)
  • Water bowl
  • Water for your pet and yourself
  • A change of Clothes (you may get wet)
  • Towels
  • Poop Bags
  • Treats
  • Chase items (ball, rubber duck…a favorite toy)

For those interested in joining a local Dockdogs Club please follow the provided link to Tidewater DockDogs’ website. We do provide discounts to Tidewater DockDogs Members that wish to rent our dock for practice.

Private Lessons

For those interested in private Dock Diving lessons, we have our DockDog® trainer Ashley Rogers available to help. In order to setup an orientation, rent the dock, or make arrangements for private lessons please call us at (757) 301-6941 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.