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Photo made during the recent DockDogs competition held in Downtown St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome.


DockDogs is a canine performance and aquatics sport that travels throughout the United States and Europe where dogs compete in three different categories encompassing speed, height and distance challenges. Any dog owner who is at least 7 years old can compete at any DockDogs event with any breed of dog (including mixed breeds) that is at least 6 months of age.


The dogs get to run/jump from a dock that is 40 feet long, and 8 feet wide, into a pool of water that is 40 feet long, 20 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Distance is measured electronically from the end of the dock to where the base of the dog's tail meets its body.


Although dogs primarily compete against themselves and not directly with each other, the dog in this photo is a Belgian Malinois from the St. Louis area named Baxter that happens to be the current world record holder for distance jumping ("Big Air" competition) at over 29 feet!


Photos from all three days of the competition can be seen at


© Copyright Philip Leara - Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

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Taken on February 18, 2013