Dock Diving for Dogs in Connecticut

802 Boundline Rd Wolcott CT  (860) 621-7387 (Pets)  Open 7 days a week!

Wagging Tails Pet Resort & Spaw is home to Connecticut’s ONLY Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Diving Pool. 

Is your dog full of energy and just jumping at the chance to expend it? Does he love to swim, retrieve and run at amazing speeds? Then, visit Wagging Tails Pet Resort & Spaw in Wolcott, CT and consider joining the Wagging Tails Air Dogs Club!

Membership is not required to utilize our facilities or to participate in our events, however, there are tremendous benefits and savings to becoming a member. We recommend that you visit here to learn more about Joining Wagging Tails Air Dogs Club (WAGTAD) and membership benefits!

Your dog will LOVE dock diving!

Wagging Tails is proud to have a gorgeous, state-of-the-art, fully-certified Dock Diving Pool for dogs in Connecticut. Dock diving is a very popular, quickly growing sport for dogs of all shapes, ages and sizes. Dogs run down a 40′ dock and compete to jump the furthest into our 45' pool, the highest to retrieve a dangling toy, or the fastest to retrieve a floating toy. Wagging Tails hosts many dock diving events from May through October each year. This family-friendly sport is an awesome opportunity to bond with your dog, expend their energy, and meet other pet loving parents.  

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2021 Dock Diving Competitions at Wagging Tails

May 22 & 23, 2021 : "Jump Into Summer" 
June 19 & 20, 2021: "Pooch Plunge"   Preregister here!
July 17 & 18, 2021: "Rock the Dock"
August 21 & 21, 2021: "Dog Daze of Summer" 
September 11 & 12, 2021: "Soaring into September"

And September 25 & 26th "Fall Fiesta" 

Preregister to attend and save $5 off per event! Registration is $5 more per Splash or It event on the day of.  Also, Wagging Tails Air Dogs Club Members (WAGTAD) save $5 per Splash or It event too! 

Not sure if your dog will jump?  TRY IT sessions and Training sessions are scheduled every weekend from mid May through September. Please contact us at (860) 621-7387 (PETS) to reserve your dog's spot in our sessions.

So, what is Dock Diving?    (If you’re already familiar with the sport, and want to skip ahead to schedule Training or Advanced Dock Diving Training, click here)

The fantastic thing about the sport of dock diving is, that any dog, and any human over the age of 7, can learn together, to become a fabulous dock diving team.  If you can throw a toy, and if your dog will run to get that toy, then that’s the first step to beginning to dock dive.  It’s easy and fun for both you and your dog. There are distance jumps into the pool (Splashes). There are speed chases in the water, where your dog chases a toy (Chase IT). There are high flying competitions where dogs jump off the dock to retrieve a stationary toy hung high above the water (Fetch IT) and (Catch It) where dogs fly off the dock to hopefully catch a toy that you have thrown for them. Details about each of these events can be found here. 

History about the sport of dock diving: 

Dock Diving was introduced over 20 years ago.  There are now several governing dock diving organizations that hold competitions throughout the world.  Wagging Tails is a member of the organization Ultimate Air Dogs. UAD was founded in 2005, by former Major League Baseball player Milt Wilcox. There are only 25 sanctioned UAD clubs found throughout the US, Canada and even Australia.  Wagging Tails Air Dogs Club (WAGTAD) is proud to be one of them! Please visit the UAD website to learn more about the organization and about each event. There are fully detailed explanations about what each event in dock diving is, how it is judged and rules.  Visit the UAD site to learn all about each event and then return back to this website to learn how Wagging Tails can train you and your dog to participate in those events!

Who are we?   Wagging Tails Pet Resort & Spaw, a full service, award winning, pet care facility, offering daycare, boarding, grooming and training,  is also home to Wagging Tails Air Dogs Club. WAGTAD, (as club members affectionately call it), is a group of pet parents who love having an activity to do with their pet.  Members are at all different levels of dock diving skills- from just trying it out, to beginners from last season, to those that have been participating in the sport for 5 to 10 years. The focus here  is comraderie, support, education, respect, kindness and assistance with our dogs and our families, in support of this fast growing sport.  You do not need to be a member of WAGTAD to take swim lessons, to participate in Try Its, to rent the pool, or to compete in the events.  HOWEVER, we suggest that you do become a member because members receive HUGE discounts and savings throughout the season!  There is a discounted Member Fee, and a Non Member fee for each of our services.  For example – Pool Rentals are $10 less for Members.   There are so many benefits to membership, that we have listed them here.  If you would like to join WAGTAG you can easily do so here

Here is a photo of our beautiful 40' dock and 45' saltwater pool.

 

How did the pool at Wagging Tails Pet Resort & Spaw come to be? 

Well, it was all the idea of a 9 year old, little girl!  The owner of Wagging Tails’ daughter, Natalie, wanted to participate in a sport with her chocolate lab, Harley.  At 9 years old she was having a hard time finding agility training courses that allowed her participation, and she couldn’t really throw a frisbee well enough to participate in disc events. But, she could throw a toy! And Harley LOVED to retrieve toys and ADORED swimming! 

So, Natalie did her research on the sport of dock diving.  We quickly discovered that there were no Ultimate Air Dogs facility in the State of Connecticut.  So, with nearly 6 acres and plenty of space to add a pool, (what’s a pet resort without a pool? Right!)  and with a lot of planning and construction, a 40’ regulation dock and a 45’ saltwater pool was erected here and became Wagging Tails Air Dogs Club at Wagging Tails Pet Resort & Spaw! 

That’s why we stress the word FAMILY here at WAGTAD. Ultimate Air Dogs, the National organization that we are proud to represent, was created by Milt Wilcox and his son in 2005 and today, still continues to focus on family fun, while dock jumping.  Unlike other dock diving organizations, 2 people are allowed on the dock at UAD events. One can hold the dog and one can throw the toy.  If a participant who is attending an event with their dog, is by themselves, and needs assistance, there is always someone willing to help out with this!  If your dog doesn’t always sit and stay while you are getting ready to throw a toy, then having a second person the dock to assist you in handling, or in throwing, makes life, and this sport SO much easier!  We may compete as individual teams, but we all help each other out and volunteer to aid in promoting a positive, welcoming environment at this facility!

Youth Handlers

Wagging Tails is a family-run pet resort. Our pets are part of our family, and we strongly feel that dock diving is a family sport. Having youths involved with their pets in this sport promotes teamwork, confidence, responsibility, patience and dedication. Kids AND their dogs will love participating in dock diving!

During practices and competitions, Youth Handlers must be accompanied by an adult on the dock, and must wear their own (you provide) lifejacket. Since the pool is 4′ deep, Youth Handlers must be able to swim. At all times, children are not allowed on the dock or in the pool unsupervised.

Youth Handlers are supported and encouraged to participate!  Youth Handlers are age 7 to 16. Youths must be able to swim to be on the dock.  Natalie, who is now 12 years old is thrilled to introduce other youths into this sport. In fact, Wagging Tails offers Youth Try It Sessions, specifically geared towards Youth Handlers! We are determined to spread the word and to introduce many more youths to support the future of this fun sport! We love our dogs. They are part of the family. What better way to spend time with them than participating in an event TOGETHER!  😊

 

Pool Policies

  • Please pick up after your pet. Pet waste removal stations are located throughout the property.
  • Please dispose of any trash in receptacles. We ask that you keep the property as clean as you found it.
  • No smoking or vaping is allowed on Wagging Tails Pet Resort & Spaw property.
  • No dogs in heat allowed on the property.
  • Dogs under 6 months of age are able to take swim lessons, and participate in Try It Sessions,  but are unable to compete in events.
  • No e-collars or prong collars are allowed on dogs while in the pool area.
  • No retractable leashes.
  • No people are allowed in the pool. Dogs only!
  • All dogs must be registered at the front desk.
  • Bathrooms are located at the porta-potties in the front of the building.
  • A pool use contract and liability waiver must be signed prior to entering pool area.
  • Owner must provide proof of rabies, parvo, distemper vaccines.
  • Payment is due for all services at time of reservation.
  • Events and classes are rain or shine. They are non-refundable.

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Learn More About Dock Diving

Click here for more information about the Ultimate Air Dogs organization, events, rules and the fast-growing sport of Dock Diving for Dogs.

Ultimate Air Dogs (UAD)