Arizona Dock dogs was founded in the fall of 2009. The base membership is comprised of agility, obedience and dock diving competitors. We are the local affiliate group for the national Dock Dogs organization. This club was formed to promote the exciting world of Dock Diving in Arizona. We live in a state where water sports are almost year round entertainment and what is more fun then playing with your dogs in the pool. This sport gives dogs and handlers the opportunity to play in the water and have fun!!
This club is made up of some very skilled handlers, educated in all areas of canine training.
Arizona DockDogs welcomes canine owners, regardless of the breed or size to join in club activities. If you are interested in joining Arizona DockDogs , please click here and fill out the membership application.
Meet the Board
Whitney Lightner, President
Whitney has been involved in Canine sports for almost 20 years. She began her training in basic obedience and behaviors. In 1993 Whitney discovered Dog Agility and has never looked back! She became a founding member of the largest agility club in Arizona and currently teaches privately from her home. Then in 2006, she discovered Dock Diving with her very exuberant border collie, Aero. He was already a successful agility dog and was ready to try any kind of water sport. His first jump ever landed him at 11+ feet and he continues to excel in the sport. He is currently competing in the Dock Dogs Senior division with a personal best of 19’6”, striving to break that 20’goal! Whitney also has her young dog coming up in both sports and Saber is currently competing in the Junior division, just getting his big boy muscle in! Whitney is continuing to compete in multiple sports with her dogs and stays very active in the local canine community.
Cortney has had dogs all her life and has always trained her dogs in basic obedience with just recently raising a service dog for a not-for-profit foundation. With the addition to her life, a very active Labrador (Ouzo), it became apparent that a dog activity was required which led to agility training and are now competing with a couple trials under their belt.
They can proudly claim several Qs in theirtheir second USDAA trial. At about the same time, she discovered dock diving. As everyone knows Labradors are the #1 dog for this sport and Ouzo is no exception. He loves jumping and currently has his Junior title for Dock Dogs. We need to work on getting him over 15 feet but he is still young and growing.
Shannon is an animal lover who has always had dogs as part of her family and who considers her dogs her children. Never venturing past standard obedience training in the past, she first sought out Dock Dogs hoping to add to the socialization of her somewhat timid yellow lab, Lucy. Lucy, already a great swimmer, took to the dock with enthusiasm and now they compete as often as possible. Away from the dock Shannon travels extensively for her job, and golfs as often as she can manage to get to the course.
Vickie Dale, Event Coordinator
Vicki is a proud owner of 3 rescued dogs (so far) and has had dogs most of her life. She has been involved with dog agility for over 6 years with her dog, Sage (yellow lab mix), and Reagan (corgi/russell mix) has been doing agility for the past 3 years. Our newest addition, Nova (black lab mix), started her agility career late 2010. Vicki was excited about Arizona Dock Dogs and wanted to see about getting her black lab mix, Nova, to jump. So far with the help of other members, Nova can swim better and currently slides in the pool. Our goal is to get her jumping by the end of this summer. Wish Us Luck!! I’m a proud owner of 4 dogs, all of which have their own personalities and skills.
Cynthia’s dog sports participation started in 2008, with two very rambunctious Boston Terriers, who excelled in flyball. When she found Wrigley, (a Boston Terrier/Border Collie rescue), she swiftly added her to the flyball team, and has since earned lots of titles. But, Wrigley needed more than one sport to keep her busy and in 2010, they stumbled upon dock diving. Since then, Wrigley has taken the sport by storm, and is one of the top lap dogs in the country. She is not only jumping in Big Air, but also jumps in Speed Retrieve, and is training for Extreme Vertical, with the hope of becoming a Lap Dog/Iron Dog. Cynthia has quickly taken to helping other dogs train in the sport, and she is a valuable addition to the board.
Michelle has been involved in canine sports for over 20 years. She started out in obedience, fly ball, agility and now dock diving. Michelle also has over 15 years’ experience as an agility judge. Michelle has two Border Collies. Edge is 4 and Moxie Mayhem is 2. Both are just starting their Dock Diving careers. Michelle was the founding President of Arizona DockDogs and now a Member at Large who assists with all club events and merchandise.