Published 1 June 2016
Woof! Sailor the poodle has got his paws on a brand new Guinness World Records title after achieving the Fastest 10m on a walking globe by a dog in an incredible 33.22 seconds during an attempt at Hawthorn Middle School South in Vernon Hills, Illinois, USA.
Sailor’s owner, Alex Rothacker rescued the pooch when he was just six months old, after a vet told him that the pup was too aggressive and going to be put down. After adopting Sailor, the experienced dog trainer started teaching him a variety of tricks and balancing stunts.
Sailor can push a shopping cart, walk with his hind legs up against a wall and even walk up the stairs on his back legs!
According to Rothacker, when Sailor hears people laugh he gets excited because “he knows he’s making people happy."
He told Guinness World Records: “The greatest thing in life is making people happy and performing and making people laugh... And that’s what Sailor does.”
Apart from training dogs, Rothaker has a huge passion for Guinness World Records and he has been collecting the books since he was a kid.
Talented canine Sailor is no stranger to the Guinness World Records family, as he previously held the record for Fastest time to climb 20 stairs by a dog on hind legs, which he achieved in 18.19 seconds on the set of NBC’s Today Show in September 2015. The record was then broken by a dog named Arsenal in January.
As with all record attempts, practice makes perfect - As far as preparation goes, Sailor trains for at least a year and a half before he attempts a record challenge.
Sailor’s owner is also a common fixture in the Guinness World Records archives. He has trained many record-breaking dogs including Sweet Pea, who holds the record for the Fastest 100m with a can balanced on head by a dog. The record stands at 2 minutes and 55 seconds and was achieved in Illinois, USA in September 2008.
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