Dog Dock Jumping Comes to Lincoln

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A running start....a giant leap...And an even bigger splash. Dog dock jumping has been popular in other parts of the country for decades but it's new to the capital city.

"The idea for this event came from other Scheels stores in our northern market. We thought we'd give it a try. We've been so thrilled with the crowd response from Lincoln and the amount of people who want to come jump their dogs, it's just been fantastic," said Monica Ledbetter, Scheels Assistant Store Leader.

Hundreds of local jumpers showed up for the weekend long event.

"We're doing jumping all today. It's open public jumping from in the early afternoon. Then the rest of the day is competition. So it's really neat to come out and see the professionals who've been doing this for a while. We're really doing hot and heavy jumping on Sunday and then we'll crown winners at 4," Ledbetter added.

The event isn't just for professionals, dogs who have only been practicing a week are here to show what they've got.

"We have been wanting to do this for about six months. I didn't think we had any dock dog events here in Lincoln. I have a friend who owns the dock dog jumping company in Washington. I got her videos and trained her for about a week. We got a special toy to train in our backyard. We don't have a pool though," said Sandra Mathews, an amateur jumper.

For Treysen Craig and his dog Lucy, dock jumping just came naturally.

"Our grandma and grandpa have a house up in Minnesota and they have a dock. We just decided to try jumping her there," Craig said.

Regardless of how much power your pooch has, competitors say it's just a fun, healthy activity for owners and pets.

"It's just a great way to be outside with your dog. It's a gorgeous day and great way to release their energy," Mathews said.

The top winners from each category will go on to compete in the national tournament in Alabama in a few weeks.