June 18 - July 4, 2020
Cedar Rapids

Jump for Freedom - TRY Dock Dogs

Date: 06/24/2020
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Place SW
Cedar Rapids , IA
Cedar Run Pet Boarding and Daycare
Dupaco Community Credit Union
Fleet Farm
Last Hope Animal Rescue
The Gazette

Jump for Freedom Dock Dogs

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival is excited to announce “Jump for Freedom,” a canine competition that thrills ALL audiences.

Jump for Freedom is a combination of Dueling Dogs and dockdogs; canine sports that build and solidify the human, animal bond.

Dockdogs is a series of competitive dog jumping events held around the world each year. Comprised of three aquatic events; big air, extreme vertical and speed retrieval, the competition provides entertainment for both human and canine.

As seen on ESPN, ABC and Outdoor Channel, Dock Dogs® has become the fastest growing sport on four legs and dockdogs is the world’s premier canine aquatic competition.

Dueling Dogs, born from dockdogs Speed Retrieve, is head to head doggie drag racing. It amps up the energy on the dock to an unprecedented level!!  The winner of each heat moves on, the loser walks (kinda). It has to be seen to be believed!!

The 2020 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival brings two days of each event to the front lawn of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library for a total of FOUR FUN FILLED DAYS!!

Your pets are invited to watch the show too!!  Please make sure you keep your dog on a short leash and under your control at all times. We have water on site if needed and please be courteous: clean up after your pet. If you forget bags, just ask. At a dockdogs/Dueling Dogs event there are bags ALL around!!

NOTE: The 16th Avenue bridge will be closed during this time for construction.

Dueling Dogs and Dock Dogs Event Schedule 2020

On tap for today – “Let’s Try Dockdogs”!!

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

For Spectators: the event will start at 5 p.m. and go until …

For potential competitors:

  • Arrive for registration around 4 p.m.
  • Participants will be limited to 20 teams - First Come First Serve
  • Bring a floatable, retrievable toy that your dog will do ANYTHING to retrieve it.
  • Please have your dog leashed on a 4 foot lead or shorter. Longer leashes for this event are allowed as long as hands are placed to shorten the lead. Flexi style leashes will not be allowed.
  • Entry Fee:  $10 (cash at time of reservation) and is non-refundable
  • Participants will compete for amazing prizes if they graduate from Let’s Try and go on to compete in at least one competitive dockdogs “Wave”
  • Dogs must be 6 months or older to participate.
  • While dockdogs does allow youth handlers, the goal of Let’s Try is to help make the dog successful, therefore, it is recommended that the handler be a person the dog recognizes as the “pack” leader. After success for the dog, options for teams going forward can be discussed.
  • Dockdogs is non-discriminatory: For dogs and their handlers. There is a solution for teams of all abilities to compete.
  • Madison, the 2010 National Dockdogs’ National Champion and her handler, Dan, along with other area dockdog experts, will be your guides for this new adventure with your pup.

Come and see the one event that Jump for Freedom if famous for!!  That’s getting new teams to “Try Dockdogs” and see how far they can go!! Last year, in Dubuque, at the Dockdogs World Championships, 21 teams that got their start at Jump for Freedom, competed!!

Registration for “Let’s Try Dockdogs” is onsite, in person only.

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