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Amusing Monday: Without a doubt, these dogs are athletes

UPDATE: July 19

Purina has posted videos of the Surf Dog competition for both large and small dogs. Check the bottom of this page to watch.
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In promotional materials, Purina calls these dogs “canine athletes” for their ability to perform and compete before crowds of observers.

This is the 20th year that Purina Pro Plan has sponsored the Incredible Dog Challenge, which features dog surfing, diving and agility contests, along with the freestyle flying disc competition, which comes about as close to dancing as a dog can get.

I’ve posted videos of the winners of the Diving Dog and Fetch It! finals on this page, including both the Western Regional and Eastern Regional competitions. If you enjoy these videos, you may wish to take time to watch the full competitions:

Both the Diving Dog and Fetch It! contests challenge the leaping ability of water-loving dogs. In Diving Dog, the canines leap off a 40-foot carpeted runway and try to go as far out as they can. The winner is the dog whose nose is the farthest when its chest hits the water.

Fetch It! uses the same runway but adds the physical challenge of touching an object at the end. The winner is the dog who is able to knock the object, called a bumper, the farthest out into the water.

While athletic ability is important, trainer Brianna Minshew of Rome, Ga., says the most important thing for a beginning dog is good obedience.

“My advice for those wanting to get into the sport of dock diving is to start off with a basic obedience class so the dog can learn to sit and/or down stay on the dock,” Brianna said on the Pro Plan’s website. “They also need to learn to track and retrieve a toy. What I believe is the most important is to find a local facility that has a pool and get proper instruction and safety tips for the dock and also to have fun with your dog.”


Brianna is staff supervisor at the Georgia Dog Gym. Her 4-year-old border collie, named Knox, took first place in the Diving Dog competition during the 2014 Eastern Regionals.

Other events in the Incredible Dog Challenge:

WESTERN REGIONAL FINALS

EASTERN REGIONAL FINALS

The Incredible Dog Challenge Eastern Regional Championship was held April 7 and 8 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Western Regional Championship was held June 9-10 in Huntington Beach, Calif. The national finals are scheduled Sept. 29-30 in St. Louis, Mo.

The Western Regional Championships are scheduled to be rebroadcast on Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. on KING-TV, Channel 5, according to Carson International Events. I anticipate that the finals will be broadcast as well.

Note: The Surf Dog competition, also sponsored by Purina Pro Plan, is normally considered part of the Incredible Dog Challenge. It is my favorite event. So far, I have been unable to locate video of this year’s surfing competition, but I have asked the Purina folks if they have such video and can make it available. If something comes through, I will post an update.

Amusing Monday: See Spot; See Spot splash

Through the years, I’ve featured some surfing dogs in this “Amusing Monday” feature. While dogs are still surfing strong in various contests each year, I thought it would be nice to see some other doggy feats.

The first video player on this page is the Diving Dog competition at this year’s Western Regionals for the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge in Huntington Beach, Calif. The second video is the Fetch It Diving competition at the same event, which occurred on May 30 and 31.

The Incredible Dog Challenge, now in its 17th year, includes a slalom course for “pole weaving,” an agility course for large and small dogs and a freestyle flying disc event, in addition to diving and fetching. A good recap of the event is shown in the third video at the bottom of this page.

I suggest taking a closer look at some of these speeding-bullet dogs, shown in videos of the winning events. (Scroll down and click on “Western Regionals” for more options.) I understand that King TV Channel 5 will air events from the Western Regionals this Sunday at 10 a.m.

Winners from the Eastern Regionals, held in Atlanta in April, and winners from the Western Regionals will go on the compete at the National Championlship in September in St. Louis.

We can’t forget about the surf dogs. The Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition was held July 13 in Imperial Beach, Calif. The page includes pictures of the winners. One of the better videos from that competition was put together by International Business Times of London.

Purina compiled some video clips to show surf dogs riding the waves at the Huntington Beach competition. Another good dog surfing video was offered by SoCal magazine.

Finally, for some high-resolution images of dogs in the surf, check out the slide show put together by The Telegraph of London with pictures by Joe Kalamar of AFP and Lucy Nicholson of Reuters.

Amusing Monday: Watch them snow dogs go

When I woke up this morning, the ground and trees were covered with snow at my home west of Green Mountain. It was the third time this year that snow has stuck around more than a few moments.

It doesn’t take much to amuse me today. How about some dogs playing in the snow, starting with one you might have seen already? After all, this video has been viewed more than 5.6 million times since the video was posted at the end of 2007. See video player at right.

The video was taken near Ward. Colo., in the late 1990s, when it snowed 54 inches in two days, according to the person who shot the movie.

Here are some other snow dog videos for your amusement:

Dog sledding without the sled

Snow time is time to play ball

Stop, thief, stop!