After dock diving with several other organizations, I can say that CWC is now my favourite and I look forward to jumping with you more next year! The announcers and staff at both events I attended (Turtlefest and K9 Sport Fest) were soooo nice and personable and made me feel very welcome. Thanks for having such a great organization! Sincerely, Victoria Davis
JULY 31, 2017 DOCK DOG DIVING PHOTOGRAPHY Canine Watersports Canada – From a photographer’s and spectator’s view I had the great pleasure of working with Canine Watersports Canada, (CWC) in Belleville and at K9 Sport Fest this summer and I have to say, this team is the greatest canine sporting group I have worked with in a long time. I had met Karen and Mark Larocque and found them both to be super nice. I did not have the opportunity to meet anyone else and was looking forward to seeing how these competitions go. Registration filled up super quickly so I was convinced that somehow everything would be fun! Never did I expect that 3 days of continuous clicking of the camera would be so enjoyable and stress free. These guys travel near and far for participants to strut their stuff and have fun. The schedule is grueling and to date I have never heard one compliant from anyone affiliated with CWC The crew, who all have dogs that dive, are skilled at what they do; from setting up the dock and pool, registration to selling T-shirts, to announcing each and every jump. At this event everyone who participates is there for their dogs to have fun. It is not about qualifying scores, nor is it about awards. At CWC it is all about having fun. Thank you CWC for inviting me to join you as your photographer. I really did enjoy myself! One day, I may even have a dock diving mutt. Lindy Martin Photography - http://www.lindymartin.com/
I saw your team at the Fort Erie Friendship Festival and I wanted to let your organization know how fantastic I thought the your event was both days that I attended. Your MC was great with the way she was able to improvise thru all situations and make the show very personal and entertaining. I watched as one of your team worked with the owner of young lab as the pup learned to retrieve in the water off the ramp, and over a very short period of time jump, happily from the dock.
Having worked a very short time in the canine community I have attended several dock jumping shows and have been very distressed over how jacked-up the performing dogs were, not just on the dock but in their crates during rest time. What I saw with your team, were calm, happy dogs being patiently encouraged, praised for all accomplishments and enjoying the sport. What I heard from your MC and your team was an understanding that the dogs will do what they can, when they can and the goal is to have fun. I also very much enjoyed the participation of attendees with their dogs. I was so very impressed. I will be passing on my comments to the Friendship Festival organizers and do hope you will be at the festival next year. My Wheaten loves the water, but doesn't quite grasp the concept of swimming. LOL. Congratulations on a wonderful team. Linda.
We Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we have at CWC events. Not only are your events very professionally run, which is awesome, your staff is incredible and they work very hard to make sure we are all having a great time. There is absolutely no pressure as a competitor! If we grab the wrong dog or somehow are late for our jump you are so accommodating!! For this I really thank you! You also make us feel so welcome at the events (even though we are 6 hours away from Massachusetts)! Team “Shades of Blonde” have already marked our calendars for 2017!!! Thank You. ~ Lynn McAvoy, Pete and Sue Persson, Jordan Young, Fenway, Tilly, Tuckered and their coach Axel, Team “Shades of Blonde”, Massachusetts, New York
I approached Canine Watersports Canada because I was looking to get my water crazy dog involved in a sporting activity. I reached out to Karen Larocque and she was more than helpful in explaining how the sport of dock diving works. I have been a participant with CWC for 2 years now and everyone involved with the organization are fun, friendly, helpful and welcoming people. It does not matter whether your dog jumps 1 foot or 25 feet, the dog and the handler receive the same amount of support. It's all about the dogs. Win or lose, everyone always has a great time. ~ Donna Banks
What our SPONSORS think about us...
BIG COUNTRY RAW - As a Raw Pet Food company, we were interested in working with a Sporting Dog Company to build our brand awareness. Canine Watersports Canada is the best in the industry! Their experience and expertise in hosting fabulous shows is hands down the best available. We receive incredible support by our brand reps and they provide more than we expected. We are very proud of the Canine Watersports Canada look forward to an amazing next season! Unleash the fun!! www.bigcounyraw.ca
What our HOSTS think about us...
SPRUCE MEADOWS - Spruce Meadows worked with Canine Watersports Canada to provide additional entertainment during our largest event of the year. The event, which ran for 5 consecutive days during the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’, was well managed and entertaining for all ages. The crowds enjoyed the high energy spectacle of dogs performing, including jumping off a dock into a huge tank of water. The Canine Watersports staff were professional in their set-up, administration and delivery of the entertainment segment. They were a great draw for the thousands of people on the grounds. www.sprucemeadows.com
BELLEVILLE WATERFRONT & ETHNIC FESTIVAL is celebrating its’ 33rd year in 2017 has been pleased to host Canine Watersports at our Festival for many years now. Their level of professionalism is admirable and their whole team is a pleasure to work with. Festival visitors love watching the dogs compete & showing off their skills in the pool. It’s a big attraction every year and one that we all look forward to. www.bellevillewaterfrontfestival.com
K9 SPORT FEST - Canine Watersports Canada has been at K9 Sport Fest since the beginning. With a professional and experienced crew this dock jumping company makes competitors and spectators very welcome. Whether your a first timer or a veteran to the sport you will have a blast spending the day or weekend with CWC. A truly Canadian company with extra large hearts, the prizes they offer the winners of the groups are fantastic! K9 Sport Fest is thankful to work with CWC and look forward to more fun on the dock in future events!! www.k9sportfest.com
STRUT FOR STRAYS - As a charitable organization that rescues stray cats and dogs we work diligently year round to raise money to help our furry friends. We host a Pet Festival each June and for the last 3 years we have enlisted “Canine Watersports Canada” as our feature attraction. What an amazing group of entertainers! From day 1 Karen worked to accommodate our needs with regards to pricing and dates. I was equally impressed with their performance on the day of each event. Each year their performances have been fun, engaging and interactive. Our numbers attending the Festival significantly increased once they became our feature attraction. What is even more impressive is that at the end of each event they donated back a portion to our charity. www.fixedfurlife.com
What our AFFILIATES think about us...
AVALON RANCH - Joining up with Karen and her team at Canine Watersports Canada has been a wonderful experience. They are a professional group of hard working, fun loving people. It is obvious that their goal is to provide a structured canine sport for both new people and veterans to compete at. We are very happy to be part of the Canine Watersports team and will continue integrating our trainees who wish to compete in the sport. ~Mary Spurrell, www.avalonranch.ca
K9 COUNTRY INN - I wanted to take a few moments to share with you some thoughts, looking back at our 2016 Dock season at K-9 Country Inn and what I see in the future with your organization. From the beginning of my new adventure with Canine Watersports Canada, I had the feeling that I was part of the organization. All questions and, suggestions were listened to by the wonderful group of people who facilitate the program. The Inn’s Dock training programs have benefited greatly from adding the Canine Watersports programs to our Event Schedule at the Inn. The administrative team was wonderful helping us organize our first event, patient when explaining the computer program, being present at our first Event and available to answer questions during following events if the need arises. My clients have enjoyed being part of the Canine Watersports competitions which is very important as I can confidently recommend students to enter competitions where themselves and their canine companions can have a fun filled day. We look forward to continuing to be part of the Canine Watersport Canada family, watching it grow and participating in promoting this awesome sport throughout Canada. ~ Laura A. MacKenzie, Head Trainer Owner K-9 Country Inn, www.k-9countryinn.com
WEST CENTRAL WATERDOGS - We first met Karen and Mark in 2015 at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta at event, and our first impression was how friendly the greeting was, (my name is Mark this is my wife Karen, we would be more than willing to help you and answer any question you may have). They make you feel comfortable right from the start like you are family. That event was the best we had been to. After that we decided that we wanted to get more involved in the sport and we knew that if we wanted to be great we should align with CWC.
they are well organized
they have fun first
they promoted good sportsmanship
As a result in 2016 we became an affiliate of CWC and West Central Waterdogs was born. We are Canada's only permanent dock jumping facility in western Canada. Then after travelling to Ontario and competing in a CWC event as well as the Canadian Dock Jumping Championships we officially became CWC first franchise! We now own a permanent dock jumping facility AND a traveling dock and pool. West Central Waterdogs is looking forward to working with Canine Watersports Canada in 2017. ~ Karin & Gean Chouinard West Central Waterdogs ~ Edson, Alberta, www.westcentralwaterdogs.ca