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Akwesasne to host Dock Dogs Canadian Eastern Regional Championship

First annual Pet Expo to be held in July


Big Air – the dog equivalent of the long-jump

Akwesasne, Ontario – The A’nowara’ko:wa Arena located on Kawehno:ke in Akwesasne is going to be the host site for the Dock Dogs Canadian Eastern Regional Championship on July 13-15, 2012. Dock Dogs is a dog sport with three different events that involve a 10-foot long dock leading into a 40-foot long pool. Now in their 11th year, Dock Dogs World Wide has over 18,000 dog/handler teams registered between 42 U.S. states, four Canadian provinces, and three other countries.

“This is a really great opportunity that came up to host the Dock Dogs Regional Championship here,” said Kyrie Ransom, owner of Akwesasne InK, a dog training business who is the host organization for the event. “I had been talking with the national office about bringing one-pool in for the Pet Expo and once they saw how much space is available at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena they asked if I thought it could hold the two-pools needed for their Regional Championship.”

Dock Dogs events include Big Air – the equivalent of a dog long-jump. The handler throws a retrieval toy into the pool to try and get the furthest distance from the dock. The world record for this event was broken last season with a record 29.03-feet from the Dock.

The second event developed is the Extreme Vertical where the dog has to jump straight up into the air and land in the pool. Again, the goal is to get the top height from the dock as the dog tries to touch a ‘bumper’ placed overhead. In each round dogs will continue to try and touch the ‘bumper’ while it is raised in 2-inch increments until the round is over. The current world record is 8-foot 3-inches set in October 2011 in Vermont.

The third event is the Speed Retrieve where the dog jumps into the water to retrieve an object at the end of the 40-foot pool. The fastest dog to reach and remove the retrieval object off a specially designed arm wins the round. The world record for this event was also broken recently with the new record being set at 4.442 seconds.

Once the individual events have been run, competitors have a chance to compete in the Iron Dog competition – a combination of all three events. The dog/handler team who has the best overall score wins this event.

“The best part of having Dock Dogs at the Pet Expo is that even locals can register and run their dogs off the docks,” said Ransom. “The dog can be any breed or mixed breeds, but they have to be older than 6-months old; and the handler has to be over the age of 7 – if they are under 18 they will need parental consent.”

There are two ways to register your dog for an event – online prior to the event and in-person the day of the event. The cost to register your dog for an event onsite is $30 per event, but there is a discount if pre-registered online and that is $25 per event. For youth handlers and their dogs the cost is $25 per event both online and when registered onsite.

“The next step is going to be hosting a series of community information meetings to talk about additional details surrounding the Pet Expo and Dock Dogs,” said Ransom. “I will also be organizing classes in Akwesasne later this spring and summer so that you’ll know if your dog can handle being in a crowd and around other dogs.”

Akwesasne InK has partnered with Shannoncourt Dog Training with locations in Long Sault and Martintown, Ontario to offer positive reinforcement based family dog training in Akwesasne. Additional information on ways you can get involved with the Akwesasne Pet Expo, Dock Dogs, future dog training classes and a train-the-trainer program will be provided at the following meetings:

St. Regis Recreation

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Snye Homemakers

Monday, April 16, 2012


Speed Retrieve has the dog retrieve a Dock Dog approved object from the end of the pool

Cornwall Island Recreation

Monday, April 23, 2012


Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department (HAVFD) Station #1

Thursday, April 26, 2012


For more information or if you are unable to attend any of these meetings please email Kyrie Ransom at


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