It didn't matter whether they jumped 20 feet or 2, the participants in the Splash Dogs dock jumping event that Pet Expo put on a show that wowed the crowd in Costa Mesa.
Some dogs showed off years of competition experience, others were newcomers who just started learning what it takes to run, jump, soar and splash down. There were labs, German shepherds, Belgian Malinois and others. Some dogs came from shelters, jumping into the limelight and showing off their athleticism.
Here's how it works. Each dog, accompanied by a handler, gets two consecutive jumps per round. The handler usually stands at the end of the dock with one of the dog's favorite toys to throw, like stuffed ducks, squeaky rubber toys, balls and plastic bumpers. Handlers get their dogs fired up by shouting, shrieking and making other noises normally frowned upon in public.
The distance of each jump is determined by where the base of the dog's tail enters the water. A judge uses a high-speed camera to pinpoint each landing point. At the end, ribbons are awarded for different divisions.
Scroll down for images from the event Saturday April 28, 2018.