Pier Pups Jumping Competition Comes to Wausau

She's lived in Wausau her whole life, but today one little dog named Molly will take her first leap into Wausau's Pier Pups Canine Dock Jumping Competition.

"She is very excited," said Barb Adams, Molly's owner, "She loves the water so we're looking forward to seeing how she does."

Molly is a 7-year-old miniature Australian Sheppard, and Adams said as soon as she heard about Pier Pups she signed Molly up.

"I know she'll go in the water," said Adams, "I just don't know if she's gonna wanna leap in the water."

Adams said she took Molly to the lake, a day before the contest, to practice.

The owner of Pier Pups, Todd Oilschlager, said practicing with their dog before they jump is the best thing a dog owner can do.

"We want them to make sure that they like swimming, and of course, they like to retrieve a toy," said Oilschlager, "It's pretty basic from there. We can work with them if they love to do those two things."

Oilschlager's been operating Pier Pups for seven years now, and said the farthest he's ever seen a dog jump is 22 ft. 2 in.

The final jump-off was at 7 p.m., and ribbons were handed out to the dogs who made first, second and third place.

The next Pier Pups contest is scheduled for August 1st in the Wisconsin State Fair.

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