Dock Diving

Dock diving also known as dock jumping is a dog sport in which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water. There are dock jumping events in the United States and other countries such as United Kingdom and Australia.

The dock is usually 35 to 40 ft (11 to 12 m) long by 8 ft (2.4 m) wide and 2 ft (0.6 m) above the water surface. Any body of water or pool that is at least 4 ft (1.2 m) deep can be used. The dock is covered in artificial turf, carpet, or a rubber mat for better traction and safety for the competitors.

Dogs will run as fast as possible down a runway and launch themselves as far as possible out over a pool of water to catch a toy or the like. The main goal is to go as high and far wins. In the case of Corgis, both of those are not possible. They just go to the edge and jump down to the water.

Dock Diving/Dock Dog is a very popular event in the summer months in America. The following three photos were taken by Glenn Dickey Jr. at an event just outside of Houston, Texas in August 2018.

Bulleit and Sandie (r) ready to jump

Sandie jumping

Sandie caught the frisbee

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Jack jumping into the water

The following text by Maria Bovsun forms part of an article in AKC Family Dog, November/Dezember 2012, found on

Robin the Dock Diving Corgi

Loni Cummnings had never had a dog before, so she went to a show to look around. Robin was on a grooming table, being brushed by breeder Christine Johnson. Although she had only planned to spend one day at the show, Cummings went back the next day, just to see Robin again. Cummings sat down next to Johnson, who said to her dog: "Robin do you want to go home with this lady?" Robin walked up to Cummings, put his paws on her lap, and licked her nose.

Looks may have drawn Cummings to the Corgi, but there was no way she could have known where this herding dog would guide her - agility, lure coursing, tracking, and herding. They do it all.

Dog-paddling in a pond was one of Robin's favorite pastimes, so when Cummings heard about a splash-dog event coming to town, she thought, "I wonder if he'd do it?"

Today, Robin is one of the world's top dock-diving Corgis. Cummings says that people start to laugh as soon as they see the lineup of contestants, Labrador Retriever after Labrador Retriever, and then, an excited little foxlike face, only about elbow-high to the other dock divers.

Just like the Labs, he charges toward the edge, as fast as his little legs will carry him, and launches off the side.

Robin, the Dock Diving Corgi
(in slow motion - no sound!)

No matter that his record is about eight feet, less than half the distance covered by the longer legs in the contest. His efforts are always met with cheers, hoots, and applause, and, in true Corgi fashion, he steals the show.