3-minute interview: Grant Reeves 

The CEO of DockDogs will bring some of the world’s leading jumping water-dogs to demonstrate at the 34th Annual International Sportsmen’s Exposition at the San Mateo County Event Center on Jan. 14-17. 

What is DockDogs? It is probably, without quantifying, the largest and fastest growing canine sport in the world. We’ve been around since 1999. We do 180 sanctioned events every year.

What are the records in the races? The big air is a record that is still standing from 2005. A rescued greyhound jumped 28 feet, 10 inches off a dock. The high jump is 8 feet. And the speed retrieval, from a dead stop is 58 feet in 4.464 seconds, it’s fascinating to watch.

How can dogs get involved? The dog should have a toy drive, want to play ball or fetch and like water. From there any dog can do it. We have zero discrimination. Any breed, any size, as long as it’s 6 months old or older. I’ve seen everything from Pomeranians to Great Danes.

What can people expect this year? I just found out Craig Haverstick and Henry, the world champion, will be making the trip up. There will also be a lot of other top dogs because this is one of the five events in the West where a dog that does the best at two of the five competitions will get a direct invite to the world championship competition in July.

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