This weekend, Dock Dogs will be in Monroe to perform for the locals. But that’s not all. If you have a budding Dock Dogs star, your canine companion will have the opportunity to explore his or her skills at dock diving too.
“We at DockDogs are so excited about bringing this awesome sport to Monroe,” said Nancy Akin who has an award-winning team of dogs that compete all over the county. Akin recently retired from Carver Middle School and already has a strong following in the local area for her talented diving dogs. “I guarantee you the people of Monroe will have a great time.”
Akin said fun as it is going to be to watch the Dock dogs in action, it is important for people to know there also is a class for those who want to give their own dogs a chance to test their skills.
“We encourage people to bring their dogs and give it a try,” she said. “Any dog, any breed can compete.”
Akin said the only restrictions are that the dog must be at least 6 months old and cannot be in heat. The dog handlers also must be at least 7 years old.
So if you have a dog that you would like to register and would like more information on how to go about it, you can do so at this link. You are strongly encouraged to register ahead of time. The two-day event will take place on April 13 and 14 at the location of the new town green, 306 S. Madison Ave., Monroe. Click or tap on this link for the calendar and get more information on the times and the forms to enter.
Akin competed in the 2018 World Championships, with all three of her dogs that qualified and competed. All photos are courtesy of Nancy Akin.
Akin has been competing in and working with dock diving for more than 11 years with her three Labrador Retrievers that make up Team 4 Dawg Flite.
“Sally is the chocolate Lab. She is 12 years old and has been dock diving since she was 7 months old. She holds titles in all 3 disciplines (Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve) plus Iron Dog. Sally has competed in the DockDogs World Championships, National and Regional Championships. In 2016, at 6 years old, she came in 6th place in her division at the World Championships. In addition to DockDogs titles, Sally hold an AKC Hunt Title. Due to medical issues, Sally recently retired and no longer competes,” Akin said, going on to introduce her other two labs. “Peaches is the black Lab. She is 4 years old and holds titles in Big Air and Speed Retrieve. She is also a Therapy Dog and Nose Work dog. Peaches has competed in two World Championships. In addition to her DockDogs titles, Peaches hold titles in Coursing and Canine Good Citizen. Huckleberry is the 1-year-old yellow Lab. He holds a title in Big Air and is working on a title in Speed Retrieve. In 2018, his rookie year, he qualified for and competed in the DockDogs World Championships. Huckleberry is also a Nose Work dog.”
Akin said she would be happy to share information on the event and how to go about entering your own dog to find out if it has a future in dock diving. Her information follows:
FB: 4 Dawg Flite
Below is Youtube from aa previous news story from Dockdogs.com that gives some footage of an event. There also are several photographs from Akin showing her dogs in action.