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Big Air National Title: Elite

Big Air Club Title: Elite

Big Air Personal Best: 24’11” (2014)

2013 Canadian Regional Championships: Elite 3rd place

2013 World Championship Competitor: Elite

2014 South Eastern Regional Championships: Master 2nd place

2014 North Eastern Regional Championships: Elite 2nd place

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Zoey is a black lab mix and was adopted from a rescue in August 2010 when she was about 1 ½ years old. We fell in love with her instantly. All we knew about her was that she was a stray. We took her to a pool and soon realized she was absolutely TERRIFIED of the water. Nobody could believe we ended up with a dog that hates water (after competing in DockDogs with service dogs we trained for 4 years). We would take the other dogs to a fenced pond and take Zoey along to run around. She quickly became jealous of the dogs playing in the water while she was stuck on shore. She would start going in up to her knees and fall off the drop-off (hidden under the muddy water) and into the pond. Soon Zoey realized that the water wasn’t so bad and would go in to play with the other dogs and attack the splashes they would make...AND NEVER COME OUT!

Jumping from a height wasn't a problem for her...as long as she could attack the water. She would jump straight down, mouth open to get the water. We worked with her on land to get her interested in chasing a toy off the dock and we soon realized that she had a great “pop” going off the dock. We started taking her to DockDogs where she was a natural (and I would go in after every single jump to get her out). After jumping for a year, she had finally learned that if she came out of the water, she could jump AGAIN!

We joined Chesapeake DockDogs in 2012 and through practices have tried getting her into EV and SR, but a stationary object does not seem to be for her. Without something to follow in the air, she will dive straight down into the water! When she gets home from a big day of jumping and swimming, she likes to curl up on a big pile of blankets on the couch.

Handlers: Mandy Eiche and Rhonda Taylor

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