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DockDogs makes a big splash at Lufkin Dog Fair

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Buster jumping in DockDogs competition (Source: KTRE Staff) Buster jumping in DockDogs competition (Source: KTRE Staff)
Buster jumping in DockDogs competition (Source: KTRE Staff) Buster jumping in DockDogs competition (Source: KTRE Staff)
Maddie and her owner doing agility (Source: KTRE staff) Maddie and her owner doing agility (Source: KTRE staff)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The wet weather didn't stop people and their four-legged friends from heading out to the Dog Fair Grande in Lufkin.

The pooches and their owners raced through agility courses and  many dogs took a leap of faith as they dove into the DockDogs  competition.

Buster, a six-year-old Yellow Lab, is having a blast and posting some impressive jumps in the DockDogs competition.

For the first time the world's premier canine aquatics competition set up shop right here in East Texas.

Sophie Moreaux came from Pearland and Buster started DockDogs as a way to keep busy.  

"He took to the water and he was very rambunctious, energetic, strong so we needed a job," said Moreaux.

Now six season's later the pair has been invited to the world competition several years to show off their skills.

There are three parts to the competition: big air, speed retrieve and extreme vertical and buster excels at all three."

"He's done very well," said Moreaux. "They're very excited when they're doing this. They're just athletes and they're really revved up."

Moreaux says it's a great sport if your dog loves water.

But if that's not your cup of tea agility training is another great way to enjoy and train your dog.

"We're doing agility which is a timed event where you go through several different obstacles and see who can do the best and have fun," said Karen Dahle who competed with her Sheltie, Charm.

"Maddie was a puppy with a lot of energy so this was a way to bond with her and learn some obedience and just to run some energy out of her," said Alison Moss of Lufkin.

It's a fast-paced and challenging sport where the bond between dog and owner is key but at the end of the day it's about having a good time.  

"Just out there enjoying herself today with all the other dogs," said Moss.

"It's more about having fun and playing with your dog than actually trying to win," said Dahle.

The fair was organized by the East Texas Working Dog Association.

To learn more about DockDogs: http://www.dockdogs.com/

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