Canine: Are You Ready To Long Jump

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The competitors fly through the air with the greatest of ease before landing with a belly-flop in the water.And they never stop wagging their tails.Introducing the long jump for dogs – a sport which has been popular in the U.S. for years and is now gaining a pawhold in Britain.The event usually involves the animal’s owner tossing a toy or tennis ball over a large pool of water. The dog runs up a 30ft ramp and launches itself into the air in the hope of catching it.

Whichever pet jumps the farthest wins the prize.

The current British record holder is Dash, a labrador-pointer cross from Newmarket, Suffolk, with a leap of 28ft – not far short of the 29ft 41/2 in human world record.Last year up to 700 dogs at a time entered six ‘Dash ‘n’ Splash’ contests held across southern England, and more events are planned for this summer.The jumps are measured electronically and there is a supervisor in the 4ft-deep water to help the dog get out.Organiser Anton Wittwer said: ‘There is a lot of noise and kids love to sit right next to the pool because they get wet.

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The current British record holder is Dash, a labrador-pointer cross from Newmarket, Suffolk, with a leap of 28ft – not far short of the 29ft 41/2 in human world record.Last year up to 700 dogs at a time entered six ‘Dash ‘n’ Splash’ contests held across southern England, and more events are planned for this summer.

The jumps are measured electronically and there is a supervisor in the 4ft-deep water to help the dog get out.Organiser Anton Wittwer said: ‘There is a lot of noise and kids love to sit right next to the pool because they get wet.’Cross breeds which have a retriever instinct and longer legs tend to make the best jumpers. Some dogs run straight into the water but most will do it while retrieving an article. The only thing that can go wrong is the dog changing its mind at the last moment and just falling in rather than jumping.’

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robby
    Jan 23, 2010 @ 08:12:48

    How do they stop the dogs from running round for another go?

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  2. Wasim
    Jan 23, 2010 @ 08:18:01

    When they start doing the triple jump I’ll be impressed.

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  3. jay
    Jan 23, 2010 @ 08:18:33

    I showed my Bichon the pictures. He gave me the look which says “Don’t even think about it!”.

    Reply

  4. susan
    Jan 23, 2010 @ 08:19:19

    No, that’s not right. I want to see dogs happy but undoubtly safe. That’s dangerous and only for human being pleasure.

    Reply

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