Current Press Release

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Seth Webb
Town of Killington Director of Tourism and Economic Development




KILLINGTON, Vt - For one weekend in September, canines will rule supreme.

The Town of Killington is hosting the world-famous DockDogs, featuring dock diving and distance jumping canine performances and competition in a huge 40-foot pool at Killington Resort’s  Snowshed Lodge September 17-19.

The three-day event will also include canine-friendly vendors, visits with local animal adoption agencies, and special demonstrations by groups like the New England Disc Dogs.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for unique family entertainment which we’re very pleased and excited to bring to Killington,” says Seth Webb, Killington’s Economic Development and Tourism Director. “We invite dog lovers to join us September 17-19th for this exciting competition, which will be a highlight of this year’s Hay Festival.”

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.

The competitions are open to any 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 enjoys water, gets along with other dogs and enjoys a good “chew toy”, this event is for you! Pre-registration will be 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.

For more information on the event, other activities happening that weekend and pet-friendly lodging check out

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