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DockDogs Registration Form

Welcome to the DockDogs registration form for the Melbourne Dog Lovers Festival - Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2024.

You can fill out your registration towards the bottom of this page, but please read through the following information first.


Whether you and your furry friend are seasoned competitors or first-time participants, DockDogs is sure to provide fun and entertainment for all.


In this registration form, you will find all the necessary information to enroll your dog in DockDogs! So, grab your dog's leash, a floatable/non-edible/never been alive throw toy, and get ready to make a splash!

What is DockDogs?

DockDogs, is an international canine aquatics sport involving a 12.5m x 1.5m above ground platform known as the Dock, which allows dogs to leap into a 100,000 litre pool. The sport has 4 disciplines.


Big Air is essentially long-jumping for dogs. Dogs take a running jump from the dock, usually chasing a toy thrown by their handler.

Once the dog makes their leap, the distance is then judged from the end of the dock to the point where the tail set breaks the water’s surface. Jumps are evaluated by a nationally accredited judge. Each dog/human team jumps twice in each wave (a heat) then if you are in the top 6 teams in each division you are eligible for the Big Air Finals. So, you are competing only against the dogs that jumped a similar distance in the waves (heats). We also have special finals divisions for Youth Handlers (kids under 16), Veteran Dogs (12 years and over), Lap Dogs (30cm or smaller at the collar).

Speed Retrieve is drag racing for dogs where they run jump, fly, and swim to the end of the pool to grab a bumper. Two times are recorded; the release time of the handler and the entire run/jump/fly/swim/grab time. This discipline involves lasers and complex electronic timers.

Extreme Vertical is all about jumping up as high as possible to grab or knock loose an ever-increasing in height bumper.

Iron Dog is the ultimate award for dogs who compete in all three disciplines, and we award our top 3 dogs across the entire event.

Important Information

Spaces for Dock Dogs activities are limited, 12 teams per Big Air Waves, 10 teams for Speed Retrieve, and 10 teams for Extreme Vertical, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to register your furry friend as soon as possible to secure your spot.


To participate in the DockDogs activities, dogs must be on a leash and more than two metres apart from all other dogs at all times when in the competition area. Dogs must be at least 1 year old at the time of the event. Dogs cannot be in heat or cannot be injured. Dogs must be safe (no reactive behaviour towards other dogs/humans) and not be declared dangerous. By registering your dog, you certify that your dog meets these requirements.


The dog handler must be 7 years old or over and a competent and confident manager/handler of their dog. All handlers must attend the mandatory marshalling meeting 20 minutes prior to each wave. Not attending this meeting will result in a forfeit of all funds and your place in the wave.


There are no refunds, it is up to competitors to sell their waves to other competitors and update the admin team before the marshalling meeting which is 20 mins prior to each wave.

Privacy Statement

DockDogs Australia (DDA) collects and manages personal information in the course of performing its activities, functions and duties. We respect the privacy of the personal information held by us. The way in which DDA manages personal information is governed by the The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act). We are collecting your personal information in accordance PPIP Act so that we can register your attendance and provide updates on the upcoming events. Generally, we will not disclose your personal information outside of DDA unless we are required to do so by law, or unless you have given us your consent to such disclosure.


I agree that by registering for DockDogs events, you acknowledge that your dog's participation is subject to a waiver that must be signed by you, the owner or handler, at the event prior to your dog's participation in any of the activities. The waiver will release DockDogs, its officers, directors, agents, and affiliates from any and all claims, damages, or liabilities arising from your dog's participation in the event. Please ensure that you arrive early to allow time for signing the waiver before your dog participates *

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