Animal Clinic of Kalispell - June 2020

Pet Press KALISPELL JUNE 2020

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Kim and Charlie

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET … JUMP!

Hamilton and Lincoln Go Dock Jumping

We’ve been doing training with Hamilton and Lincoln to see if they have what it takes to compete.

T he first time we brought our dog back in September, when he was still a puppy, so I don’t think he’d ever even been to a lake before. But Hamilton took one look at the water and knew that was the place he wanted to be. This summer, my wife and I want to let Hamilton spend more time in the water by getting him into DockDogs competitions. We’ve been doing training with Hamilton and Lincoln to see if they have what it takes to compete. It’s a bit daunting. I’ve never done anything like this with my dogs before, but I’m excited to try it. A few of my clients do DockDogs stuff, and that’s their family time. They travel around to competitions all over the western Hamilton to the lake, he broke out into a run and jumped right into the water without us even telling him to. This was

United States and compete with their dogs. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I love to hear about people spending time with their dogs. If you’ve never heard of this canine sport before, DockDogs is an organization that runs dock jumping competitions. These events are exactly what they sound like. Dogs run off a dock and jump into a body of water, competing for height, distance, and speed. The first dock jumping competition was at the 1997 Incredible Dog Challenge, an event sponsored by Purina. Since then, it’s grown to be an up-and-coming sport with competitions all over the world. Though it’s gaining popularity, the community is still pretty small, so you can meet people from all over the country at one competition. I’ve seen some DockDogs competitions and the dogs love it. They go bananas for jumping into the water and chasing toys. Some of these dogs can jump 30 feet into the water. It’s amazing! I’m excited to be part of this fun sport. My clients who do DockDogs competitions speak so highly of it. I’ve gotten to talk to some of my clients about these competitions, and it’s great to see their eyes light up. It’s awesome to hear people talk about hobbies they’re passionate about. And when those hobbies involved spending time with their dogs, all the better!

Speaking as a veterinarian, it’s really important for me to know what my clients are

doing with their dogs, especially if they have sport dogs or working dogs. There are different treatments or therapies we might try with these kinds of dogs. A lap dog who hangs out around the house with their 80-year-old owner has a very different lifestyle than a lab who does dock jumping. If a dock-jumping dog comes in with a ruptured ligament, my goal isn’t just to help them heal. I want to help them get back to their normal life, so they can be safely jumping off the docks again. Dogs who participate in these kinds of activities really love them, and I don’t want them to lose that joy if we can help it. I hope to have my own dock jumping stories to share soon. Lincoln can’t jump very high or very far, but he’s really fast, so we’d like to put him in the speed competitions. Hamilton, meanwhile, isn’t coordinated enough to go for height, but I bet he can gain some distance. We’ll have to wait and see how they do at their first competition.

Charlie in Utah

Wish us luck!

– Dr. Jevon Clark

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