RHINELANDER - Saturday afternoon, the Pawzitive Games visited Rhinelander, allowing furry four-legged dogs to compete. There was dock jumping, speed races and agility courses.
"Just seeing the dogs jump first and then being able to grow with their jumps and getting bigger and bigger jumps," said Pier Pups announcer Todd Oilschlager.
For dogs to be competitively jumping in the Northwoods isn't that far fetched. Most dogs jump off the dock at the lakes for fun anyway. When they get into a pool setting, it might not be as easy.
"Most people get into the sport from jumping their dog at the lake or off their pier and then when they transfer over trying to get into the pool, clear water compared to lake water, is quite different for training," said Oilschlager.
Watching the dogs fly and splash can look easy, but some skills and techniques are important.
"Trying to get that timing as the dog runs down the doc and then the owner throwing the toy at the right time so the dog can jump up and try and catch the toy in the air is the ultimate goal," said Oilschlager.
It wasn't just jumping going on at the event.. There was also an agility course. Rhinelander trainer, Abby Belbot hasn't been competing for long, but she doesn't let the age gap stop her.
"If some people want to do it, then do it because some people are better than others, if they're younger or older," said Belbot.
Going into the competition, Abby had confidence in her four-legged friend, Lilly.
"She's going to do good, she's done this before. I know we're going to get 2nd or 3rd or maybe even 1st," said Belbot.
But the afternoon also came with some distractions that affected their performance.
"There are other people and dogs around and different smells. She doesn't really get the concept of going through the course with all these noises and smells and stuff," said Belbot.
When those distractions slow them down, Abby doesn't let it frustrate her too much.
"I get a little mad but I pet her and I give her a treat, I give her some water. Something that will be able to calm her down and then try again," said Belbot."