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Whether your otterhound has Olympic aspirations or your spaniel just likes to splash around, Hudson Valley DockDogs puts your pup in the swim of things.
The 80-member local chapter of this national organization has its own 40-foot-long practice pool, based at Millerton’s Ledgewood Kennel, which is used to train animals in the sport of dock diving. Roughly equivalent to doggie track and field, canines go muzzle-to-muzzle in competitions that measure how far and high they can jump, and how fast they can swim. With prizes awarded in amateur, semipro, and pro divisions, these contests can get intense — but not dog-eat-dog, says organization spokesman Todd Bender. “The primary reason for doing this is just to be outdoors and watch our pets enjoying themselves,” he says. “We’re just happy bystanders.” Open dock sessions are held regularly in season to give new pooches a chance to test the waters.