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Channel Blinds ~Gambler

I am so fortunate to have a friend that used to have a fish farm and has many channel ponds lined up next to each other. The grass around the ponds is nicely groomed, the land is even and well taken care of. The ponds have a small amount of cattail cover and some weeds but nothing that will cause you not to train. He also has one bigger pond that we use also.

Since the past week has been hot temps in the 90’s we have been going to our friends house and using his water to train so the dogs can still get their training in and not get heat exhaustion (or at least I hope they don’t).

Here is Gambler running a land, channel, land, channel, land blind. He started out on land entered one channel exited the water ran on land jumped into the next channel and exited it and got his blind on land. He came back the same way. Dogs have problems going in and out of water to get what you want them do so it is a nice idea to practice this.

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I got it, I got it.


Coming out of second channel pond.


Back into the first pond.


Big Splash.


This was a angle entry channel blind. The bumper is on the left shoreline about 1/4 way down from the end of the channel.


Just about there.


I got it, I got it!


I did pretty much the same blind on this one except I put the bumper on land to the left. Gambler should have been more to the left on his angle blind but he was still doing good.


Exited water and sit on land. See the bumper off to the left of Gambler. Left hand back to get the bumper.


I got it, I got it!


One more training exercise. Going across the channel and up on land to get the blind.



A mark just for fun!

Dock Jumping- Ultimate Air Dog

Dock Jumping is a UKC licensed event. It is put on by Ultimate Air Dog.

Taken from UKC website:

Dock jumping is a simple, yet exciting sport that has been exploding all over the country. UKC is excited to add it as another performance event, through Ultimate Air Dogs; yet another way to have fun with your dog! There are two different forms of jumping that UKC dogs will be able to obtain titles in: Ultimate Air or Distance Jumping, and Ultimate Vertical.

Ultimate Air is the basic form of competition that started dock jumping. Dogs run down the dock and handlers try to get them to fly as far as they can after a toy. It’s a thrilling, adrenaline-driven event that is a blast for handlers and crowds alike.

How your dog can title:

UKC dock jumping (air dog) titles must be earned successively. Equivalent titles from

other venues may not be substituted for UKC dock jumping titles. Once a higher title is obtained, it will

replace the lower title of the same category.

A. Distance Jumping (Ultimate Air) Titles.

1. Initial Distance Jumping Title. To earn this title a dog must earn a qualifying **jump

score in five splashes in the same division at UKC licensed dock jumping events. The

Distance Jumping Initial Titles are:

a. United Novice Jumper (UNJ): 1” to 9’11”

b. United Junior Jumper (UJJ): 10’ to 14’11”

c. United Senior Jumper (USJ): 15’ to 19’11”

d. United Master Jumper (UMJ): 20’ to 22’5”

e. United Ultimate Jumper (UUJ): 22’6” and up

Before the Premier I practiced jumping Gambler off the pier at the lake. It took a couple practice runs then after he got the hang of it he went off the end of the pier no problem.


Gambler has never done dock jumping by UAD. They say sometimes the dogs won’t jump into the pool as the water is clear so they don’t exactly don’t know what they are jumping into so they don’t want to go off the end. Gamblers first jump wasn’t so hot at he was unsure.


The dokken splash and Gambler heading to the end of the platform.


Not so sure about going off.


Get in there.


The flop.


Much better take off second time around.




The splash.

Here are Gambler’s jumps from his time at the Premier.

Thurs 3.8 ft         9.9         novice
Fri     13.9          16.6        senior
11.8           13.4        junior
Sat    13.6          15.9        senior
17.4          14.4        senior
Sun   16.10         17.6        senior elite
18.3          17.5        senior elite
15.1          16.9        senior
18.2           17.10      senior elite

His lowest first jump was 3.8 ft, his longest jump by the last day was 18.3 ft.

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Here is Gambler’s title certificate that came in the mail the other day.


Glory competed also but not as many times as Gambler did as she was just finishing her heat cycle. I did the same thing with Glory as I did with Gambler by practicing at the lake. She LOVED going off the pier.






Glory didn’t title in Dock Jumping as she needed one more splash in the novice level to title. Here are her jumps for the time at the Premier.

Sat       6.8 ft       8.10        novice
9.4          8.10        novice
Sun     12.2         9.5          junior
9.8          9.4          novice
7.10        8.4          novice
10.5        8.10         junior

A good time was had by all.