Dog Days Canine Cannonball at the Dog Days Bar and Grill in Osage Beach. Canines compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve events. Open to all dogs, and is a fundraiser for the Dogwood Animal Shelter in Camdenton.
Families can get “up close and personal” as they watch canine athletes take flight in a variety of dock-jumping competitions during the 7th Annual Canine Cannonball, June 7-9 at Dog Days Bar & Grill in Osage Beach (1232 Jeffries Road on land or at the 19-mile marker on the water).
ThisDockDogs sanctioned event presents dogs and their owners competing to find out who will become the “top dog” in three contests: Big Air WAVE (leap for distance), Extreme Vertical (leap for height) and Speed Retrieve (timed retrieval race) events.
Canine Cannonball is free fun for spectators who come out to cheer for their favorite breed. The festivities also feature live music, vendors and displays, including high-performance motorcycles from Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson and Seebold Sports Motorcycle Super Center. For more information, call Dog Days Bar & Grill at 573-348-9797.
Events start Friday, with registration and practice at 1pm, event beginning at 2pm and running through about 8pm.
Saturday, registration and practice is at 10am and events starts at 11am and runs through about 7pm.
Sunday, practice and registration begins at 10am, events start at 11am, and run through 5pm.
Man’s best friend will soar through the air and make a huge splash in competition to see who is the top dog at the fifth annual Canine Cannonball, June 10-12 at Dog Days Bar & Grill in Osage Beach, Mo. Canine Cannonball is a Dockdoqs-sponsored, dock-jumping competition that has been an annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks since 2007. Dog Days Bar & Grill, located at 1232 Jeffries Road on land or at the 19-mile marker on the water, has been the lakeside host of the Cannonball since its inception. This furry aerial com petition is a crowd favorite at Dog Days and has attracted an estimated 5,000 spectators on each day of the competition.
“Canine Cannonball is an exciting event for families and dog lovers,” said Dog Days owner and event organizer Mark Barrett. “It’s outdoors, it’s on the Lake, it has a bunch of loveable dogs showing off their athletic abilities and if you like music, bands are playing live at Dog Days. It is the perfect fit for people who aretraveling to the Lake and looking for a fun way to spend the weekend.”
All Canine Cannonball activities are free for spectators. Money raised at the event through donations will benefit the Dogwood Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter in Osage Beach. The Shelter will also have pets available for adoption on-site during the three-day meet. According to Dogwood Animal Shelter officials, these pets have been given all required shots at the time of adoption.
The concept of dock jumping as a performance sport for dogs originated in the U.S. when dock workers would bet on how far their dogs could jump into the water. Since 2000, DockDogs has been the independent
governing and sanctioning body for regional, national and international dock-jumping events for dogs. DockDogs tracks each official jump of all competitors and dogs are ranked nationally. DockDogs sanctioned 150 events in four countries in 2010, attracting more than 10,000 canine competitors.The sport is both serious business and a lot of fun for both dog and owner. Dock- jumping athletes and their owners can sometimes train together for a half hour or more each day in their respective events to hone their skills.
Canine Cannonball judges a dog’s physical prowess in three categories: the Big Air WAVE (dock jumping), Extreme Vertical (high jump) and Speed Retrieve (fetching).
The Big Air WAVE, one of the most enjoyable competitions in this three-day event, consists of the dog running down the 40 x 8-foot competition dock and ju ping off into the water for distance. Past winners have jumped as far as 25 feet; however, the average distance is usually about 10 feet.
The Extreme Vertical is a dock dog’s version of the high jump. In this leap-for-height event, a canine leaps high into the air off the “dock” to retrieve a toy suspended above the water.
The third event, the Speed Retrieve, is a timed fetching event that has the dog jump into the water and swim to fetch a thrown toy into the water.
Iron Dog™ is similar to a triathlon. Dogs that are registered as an Iron Dog™, will have their best score in each of the three disciplines from the event (Big Air®, Speed Retrieve®, and Extreme Vertical®) calculated from the points table. The goal is to achieve the highest points table.
Eager fans of the high-flying Canine Cannonball festivities can come out early to Dog Days Friday at 2 p.m. to assure themselves a good spot to watch their favorite dogs in action.
Whether you are located on or in a boat, standing in the water by the docks or planted in a chair stationed on dry land, you’re likely to find a vantage point and a comfort level that is suited for you.
Schedule of Events
Outdoor Big Air®, Extreme Vertical™ & Speed Retrieve™, Iron Dog
Friday June 7, 2013
Onsite Registration / Practice – 1:00 pm
Big Air Wave # 1 – 2:00 pm
Big Air Wave # 2 – 4:00 pm
Big Air Wave # 3 – 6:00 pm
Saturday June 8, 2013
Onsite Registration / Practice – 10:00 am
Big Air Wave # 4 – 11:00 am
Big Air Wave # 5 – 1:00 pm
Big Air Wave # 6 – 3:00 pm
Extreme Vertical – 5:30 pm
Sunday June 9, 2013
Onsite Registration / Practice – 10:00 am
Big Air Wave # 7 – 11:00 am
Big Air Wave # 8 – 1:00 pm
Speed Retrieve (All in one Finals) – 3:30 pm
Big Air Finals start at 5:00 pm (Pro, Semi-Pro, & Amateur)
Online Pre-Registration Closes
June 4, 2013 11:45 am EST (pre-registration is limited)
Pre-Registration Entry Fees
$25.00 / team per Big Air, Speed Retrieve Wave, or Extreme Vertical Competition (Pre-Reg Limited to 30 dogs per Big Air, 30 dogs for Speed Retrieve Waves, 15 dogs for Extreme Vertical, $25.00 for Iron Dog
On-Site Registration Entry Fees
$30.00 / team per Big Air, Speed Retrieve Wave, or Extreme Vertical Competition (Limited to a total of 40 dogs per Big Air, 40 dogs for Speed Retrieve Waves, 28 dogs for Extreme Vertical), $30.00 for Iron Dog