Stone Mountain Park is for the dogs this weekend


Last year, Australian Shepherd Zen and his owner and trainer Theresa Brantly of Lilburn competed in the DockDogs World Championship Event at Stone Mountain Park. DockDogs returns today through Sunday as a qualifier. (File Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

If You Go

• What: DockDogs World Championship Wild Card Event

• When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday

• Where: Stone Mountain Park on Memorial Lawn, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain

• Cost: Admission is free with $10 parking fee

• For more information: Visit www.stonemountain...

STONE MOUNTAIN — For all of you with canine companions, there is an event for you this weekend. Stone Mountain Park will be invaded by four-legged companions as part of the DockDogs World Championship Qualifier Event today through Sunday.

DockDogs has four different competitions: big air, speed retrieve, Iron Dog and extreme vertical. Big air is a long jump, speed retrieve is a timed event and extreme vertical is a tall jump — all of which are performed over a pool of water. Iron Dog combines the other three into one category.

Those with the farthest distances accumulate more points and take the title.

During the event, trainers and dogs will use two different types of strategies for jumping off of the platform: chase or place and send. Chase is — as you could of guessed — when dogs are asked to “chase” a toy into the water while sitting on the edge of the dock. Place and send is when trainers throw the toy first, walk the dog back and tell them to retrieve the object.

All breeds of dogs are accepted into the competition as well as handlers 7 years of age and older. Dogs and their trainers are also allowed to register on the day of the event.

Spectators are not allowed to bring their dogs to the show unless they are competing.

Those who win first place in each category and division receive an invitation to the DockDogs World Championship in the future.