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Record-setting Big Air jump at Splash Dogs

Chesapeake Bay Retriever beats his own record with 26'10" jump by Andrew Douglas

Henry, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever from Carlsbad, CA, jumped a record-setting 26'10" in the Big Air competition at the Splash Dogs pool on Saturday afternoon.

It figures that he'd be the one to set the new record. It was his own record of 26'6" that he beat.

The dog's handler is Tang Nguyen and his owner is Barbara Henderson. Nguyen's wife, Tracy Hughes, says Henry is having a great weekend. "He always jumps long and very consistent."

Hughes says that once Henry jumped 26' for the first time, he never looked back. Henderson saw the record-setting jump but doesn't have the arm to throw Henry's toy far or straight enough. It can be dangerous if the toy is thrown out of the pool and the dog chases it over the side instead of exiting up the ramp.

Henry is a rescue dog. Hughes and Henderson volunteer with the Chesapeake Bay Retriever rescue. He's a powerful 72 pounds and has been clocked running off the dock at 36 mph. "The secret is timing," says Hughes. "The challenge is to get the toy out in front of Henry but not too close so that he's stretching to get it."

Splash Dogs continues all day Sunday.

Andrew Douglas is the publisher of DogSport magazine,


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