The Gateway Shoppes at Scarborough

The Kennel Shop Features the High Flying Action of DockDogs®

EVENT DATE: June 12 and 13, 2009

Dock DogsThe Gateway Shoppes is proud to host this year’s “Kennel Shop” Anniversary event — the high flying action of DockDogs®, a dock jumping and dock diving canine performance sport. The exciting and crowd-drawing action will take place on June 12 and 13 at the shopping center, which is located at 260 Payne Road, Scarborough, ME, just off exit 42 of Interstate 95. Make sure to take advantage of this weekend event by experiencing the fastest growing sport for canines in North America.

Throughout the weekend, DockDogs® will present the Big Air Wave competition accompanied by an Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve competition for both competitors and spectators to enjoy. The Big Air competition features dogs running down a 40’ dock and diving into a pool of water after an object, in which they are electronically judged for the length of their jump. The Extreme Vertical competition is a “High Jump” for the dogs as they each lunge to snag a “bumper” suspended in the air. With each grab, the height increases in 2-inch increments until only one dog is crowned king. Rounding out the action is the newest form of competition known as Speed Retrieve – where the dogs are put on the clock to see how fast they can run down the dock, jump into the water, swim to the end of the pool and retrieve an object which is held by a modified extender arm.

DockDogsThe competitions are open to anyone and everyone. Teams are made up of one dog and one handler. Your canine must be 6 months or older to be eligible. Canines of any breed, size or shape are welcomed. Not only is the competition open to all types of canines, but also handlers above the age of 7 are welcomed. We even have a Junior Handler class for those who are between the ages of 7-14.

So if you or anyone you know has a dog that likes the water, gets along with other dogs and enjoys a good “chew toy,” this event is for you! Pre-registration is available by logging onto, or you can register on-site at the beginning of each day. The website will also provide an up-to-date schedule and general information on all DockDogs® affiliated events.

DockDogs® is the independent governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international dock jumping performance sports. DockDogs® establishes the rules and standards of the sport, tracks results and records and supports and promotes the growth of its athletes, events, spectators, and sponsors. For additional information visit