It took over a year of training, and now Sailor is top dog!
Guinness World Records has confirmed a new accomplishment for the talented poodle from Illinois, who now holds the world record for “fastest 10m on a walking globe by a dog.”
The dog’s owner, Alex Rothacker, rescued the pup when he was just six months old, after a vet told him that the animal was aggressive and going to be put down, Guinness says. After adopting Sailor, the experienced dog trainer started teaching him tricks.
“The greatest thing in life is making people happy and performing and making people laugh … and that’s what Sailor does,” Rothacker told Guinness, adding that when Sailor hears people laugh he gets excited because, “he knows he’s making people happy.”
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Sailor trains for at least a year and a half before he attempts a record, and this one isn’t his first. 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 TODAY show in September of 2015. In January, a dog named Arsenal broke the record.
Walking on globes or downstairs is just the tip of the iceberg for Sailor. Watch the video above in which he pushes a shopping cart. To see him trot on a treadmill or play tennis, visit his Facebook page.