The Dog Tank is located at 2415 Pilot Knob Rd in Mendota Heights MN. You and your dog of all shapes and sizes are welcome to come try our 45' dock diving pool. Come and swim, learn about the sport of dock diving, get acclimated to the atmosphere of dock diving, or just take a lap in the pool to cool off on a hot Minnesota day, or keep your dog active in the winter being as the pool is indoors!
We are offer classes, private swim, private lessons, and group swims for families, get-togethers, or organizations are also available by appointment. We also will be hosting some NADD (North American Diving Dogs) events all during the year in which your dog may want to show off their skills! Feel free to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for any events or updates.
Ready, set, jump!
What is dock diving?
Dock diving is a canine sport in which dogs are enticed to run the length of a dock and leap as far out into the water as possible where they will be competing for either height or distance. They’re motivated to fly with a prized toy thrown just out of reach to keep their momentum going and help get the best launch angle.
The dock is usually 40 ft long by 8 ft (2.4 m) wide and 2 ft (0.6 m) above the water surface, but may differ depending on the sanctioning organization. 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. The handler may use any amount of the dock and they may start their dog from any point on the dock when competing.
Official jump distance
The jump distance is measured, by most organizations, from the lateral midpoint of the end of the dock to the point at which the base of the dog’s tail (where the tail meets the body) breaks the water’s surface. Purina's Incredible Diving Dog event measures the distance to the point that the dog's nose is at when its body enters the water. The jump distance is measured electronically using digital freeze frame technology or, in some cases, is measured manually by judges.
Each team takes two jumps in round-robin format. The longer of the two jumps is that team's score for that competition. A jump in which the dog’s tail enters the water at a point further from the dock than another part of the dog’s body is scored using the point of the dog (for example, the head/nose) that breaks the surface of the water closest to the dock. If the dog’s strides are off so that the dog starts its jump before the end of the dock, that is a disadvantage, because the jump is always judged from the edge of the dock, not from where the dog leaves the dock. A jump is only official if or when the toy leaves the handler's hand. The dog is not required to retrieve the toy for the jump to count
Why Dock Dive?
Dock diving is a great sport for any breed, size, and age of dog! Whether you're competing, or just looking to spend quality time with your dog, either way it's a magnificent experience. If your dog loves to swim, then they'll love the sport! And if not, most love it after their conditioned to jumping into the water.