Dock Dogs (Agawam, MA)

Dates of Events: May 3 – May 5, 2016

Location: Dave’s Soda And Pet City, 151 Springfield St, Agawam, MA

Cost: Free

Parking:  Parking was abundant, even with the large crowd

Dog Friendly:  Dogs are encouraged to go!

Highlights:  jumping dogs!


The dogs of New England made a big splash recently in Agawam, Massachusetts.  Actually, they made a lot of splashes at the Dock Dogs competition.

Dock Dogs, in its 16th year, is an aquatic dog competition that tests dogs jumping and swimming abilities.  Although it has been around for quite some time, it was the first time it was held in Agawam, Massachusetts.  This event was held in the parking lot of a local pet store, Dave’s Soda And Pet City.

The events are broken up into two main events:  Big Air in which the dogs attempt to leap as far as they can and Extreme Vertical which tests the dogs’ ability to jump straight up.  The records for the two events that day were 22 feet for the Big Air event and 6 ft, 6 inches for the Extreme Vertical jump.  That’s better than what I could do!

The best part of the events is how much the dogs love the activities, well most of them do.  They can’t seem to wait to jump or leap and some don’t seem to want to get out of the water!

Here are some of the longest jumpers!

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Some of the dogs were less eager to get into the water


The highlight of the event was, for me at least, the Extreme Vertical competition.  The dogs really got some height!

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It really was hard to see some of the dogs miss the target on the pole.  But, they still looked beautiful whether they reached the top or not.

I was able to catch up with some of the dogs there, like Baxter, when they weren’t wet.

Baxter, a fan favorite in the Big Air competition, is a 5 year old Yellow Labrador.


There were plenty of dogs who weren’t participating but came to watch.  Here are a few of the dog spectators.


Jemma is 14 month old Landseer Newfoundland.


Lyla is a 2 and a half year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever.


This happy looking guy is Chase, a 2 year old Golden Retriever.


Benson is a 6 year old Chocolate English Labrador


Lillie is an 11 week old Australian Sheepdog.  Maybe some day she can give the Extreme Vertical competition a shot!



Monty, an 11 year old pug, looked cool in his stroller.

There were also tents set up for kids to get their face painted (or adults if you’re into that) and tents that were giving away samples of pet treats.  There were also kiddie pols and bowls of water placed around the lot liberally for all the hot dogs, or presumably people, you know if that’s your thing. They really did think of everything to ensure everyone had a good time.

There was also a tent set up to raise donations for Greyhound rescues.  Massachusetts has closed almost all of the race tracks and since Greyhounds are bred mainly to race, that breed of dog may be going away, at least in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  So, take a good look while you can.

These boxers took a minute from drinking their water to strike a pose for me.


One of the tents at the event had a canine dog and his handler.


Frankie is a 5 year old German Shepherd.  He passed the 14 week course to become a K9 cop.  Although he does look hot, it was a hot day, I have learned that the officers who work with these pets care for them as though they were their own.  They do have a strong bond with their dogs.

Attached below are some videos of the dogs competing.  To see even more videos I have compiled (ad-free), stop by my YouTube page: New England Nomad YouTube

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About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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