If you didn’t know dogs have their own sports, you’ve been missing out. Not only are dog sports a true delight to watch, they’re also a super fun way for our furry friends to expend energy and learn new commands and tricks. This week on Dog Tales Rescue (Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Gusto), a particularly energetic dog (maybe a little too energetic) gets a chance to try her hand at dock diving—which is exactly what it sounds like: dogs jumping off of docks, with the aim of traveling the farthest distance (or just getting their toy).
Angel was surrendered to Dog Tales three years ago and though she’s mostly a fun ball of energy, she has some issues with resource guarding (acting aggressively when humans or other dogs try to take something from her). To give her a positive way to channel her energy, dog handler Peter suggested to Dog Tales co-owner Rob that they get her into dock diving.
“Angel’s a very high drive dog. One day Rob posted a video of Angel diving off a dock and I immediately recognized just the raw talent that she has,” he said. “It immediately sparked the idea of trying to get into dock diving as a sport in hopes of getting her adopted.”
Peter wants to find Angel a sporting home and this first dock diving competition is her first step toward doing that.
Meanwhile, a pup with a sad backstory is looking for a happy ending of her own. We first met Phoebe last season when Dog Tales took in a group of dogs from Israel and she immediately stole the hearts of all the staff. Phoebe was found with two broken hind legs that had healed incorrectly and caused her pain to walk on. After trying prosthetics for a while, it was clear the pain was too much for her and now the trainers are hoping a surgery will help her recover once and for all.
While they await that assessment, co-owner and senior dog enthusiast Danielle shows off some of the sanctuary’s older residents and doggy stylist Michelle explains how she fancies up the dogs before they head off to their forever homes.
Watch the full episode of Dog Tales Rescue below: