JUMP is long distance jumping, and the main feature of Canine Watersports Canada events. Dogs run down our 36' dock and jump into our 45' pool of water chasing their toy. Scores are determined by our judges who measure the jump from the end of the dock to where the base of the dog’s tail enters the water. Each competitor gets two jumps, with the bigger of the two jumps counting as their score. The dog’s best score from the 2 jumps is placed into one of our 5 divisions according to the distance jumped. The top 5 dogs in each division will qualify to compete in the FINALS at the end of the event.
7 DIVISIONS PLACE FROM 1ST TO 3RD NOVICE JUMP DOG: 0' - 9'.11" JUNIOR JUMP DOG: 10' - 12' 11" TOP JUNIOR JUMP DOG: 13' - 14'.11" SENIOR DOG: 15' - 16'.11" TOP SENIOR JUMP DOG: 17' - 18'.11" MASTER JUMP DOG: 19' - 22'.11" TOP JUMP DOG: 23' and above
TOSS is similar to Jump, however, the Dog must catch the object thrown by the handler. Each competitor gets two tries which only count if the object is caught. There are 2 parts to the scoring in Toss. Part 1 – the “Catch” score, PLUS, part 2 - the “Landing” score. You will get 2 attempts, your dog must make at least one successful catch in the air and must return to the surface of the water with the object thrown in the its mouth, for it to count, the catch score and the landing score are then added together for a final score. Please note: You must throw the object in order for it to count towards a score. If the CWC judges consider it a “hand-off”, you will get no score. In the event of a tie, both dogs will jump again and the dog with the highest score wins. Not only it is an added challenge for dog to catch the thrown object while in mid- air, but it also requires skill and strategy from the handler.
GRABis a combined height and distance discipline, and consists of 3 divisions. This discipline is not about height! A bumper is suspended on a rig which is always measured 2' high from the dock, it NEVER goes higher. It starts at a minimum distance of 8’ out from the end of the dock. For every successful Grab the rig is moved down the side of the pool, in 1' increments. The dog must knock the bumper out of it’s hold in order to move to the next level. If the dog is successful the rig is moved. If the dog misses on the first try, they immediately take a second try and the dog that makes 2 unsuccessful knock offs or Grabs at the same distance is eliminated. In case of a tie, where 2 dogs finish at the same distance, the dog who has more successful grabs (starts sooner) wins, if a tie still persist the dog will continue until a winner is determined. Your starting distance does not determined what division you finish it, your dogs final grab will place you in one of 3 divisions and will determine your final placing.
GRAB DIVISIONS PLACE FROM 1ST TO 3RD NOVICE GRAB DOG: 8', 9', 10', 11', 12' SENIOR GRAB DOG: 13', 14’, 15’, 16', 17’ TOP GRAB DOG: 18’, 19’, 20’, 21’ and up
LURE is a timed swimming race that is similar to lure coursing in the water. The dog starts 5’ from the pool end of the dock and the dogs 2 front feet must remain on the 5' line until they jump (pulling your dog back or slingshot your dog will lead to automatic disqualification). A second handler can stand at the other end of the pool, near the finish line to encourage the dog to swim faster. A "lure" bumper can be thrown into the water in front of the dog and will be pulled to the 35’ finish line by a Canine Watersports Canada staff member or volunteer standing at the other end of the pool, the handler can throw a toy past the 35' mark or the handler can stand at the end of the pool and LURE the dog with his favorite toy. The stopwatch is started when the dog leaves the dock and stops when the dogs nose crosses the 35' mark. Each dog will have 2 tries to achieve their fastest time.
LURE DIVISIONS PLACE 1ST TO 3RD NOVICE LURE DOG: 8 seconds plus SENIOR LURE DOG: 7.99 to 6 seconds TOP LURE DOG: under 5.99 seconds
TRY IT is available at most events for a small fee and is open to all dogs who want to try dock jumping during open dock time but are not yet competing. During this time dogs are not judged or scored.
PLEASE NOTE that all TRY-IT jumps also do not count toward Finals or Titles.
Specialty Divisions (only offered at the Canadian Dock Jumping Championships)
Legend Dog division was created for those dogs over 8 years old who want to compete against dogs of similar age. Please note that Legend Dog is it's own division, and is NOT broken down into divisions. You must choose to compete as a Legend when you register (you cannot compete in both).
Junior Handler division was created to highlight young handlers. This division is also its own division, and is not broken down into divisions. You must choose to compete as a Junior Handler when registering.