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Dogs make a splash in Hunting and Fishing Days event

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CARTERVILLE -- It wasn't just outdoor enthusiasts who enjoyed excitement Saturday as part of Hunting and Fishing Days: dogs also got in on the action.

One thing new at this year's event is the "Splash Dogs" exhibit.

The event known as dog diving is a growing sport, which spawned from training dogs for hunting.

Owners of the competitors said the event helps keep their dogs active and healthy.

"We live on a lake so it comes pretty natural for [my dog]," Jess Pinion, of Edwardsville, said. "He's a lab, so he loves the water. Just getting him to jump was just practice. Once you get started, he's hooked."

Dog diving involves throwing an object into the water and seeing how far the dog can leap into the water to go after it. 

The event continues Sunday. 

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