Bo, a 3-year-old mixed Walker coonhound-Doberman, recently broke his own world record in the extreme vertical jump category at The Shell Factory & Nature Park during the 12th Annual Gumbo Fest, jumping 8 feet, 6 inches. He has been competing for about three years. (Michael Braun/The News-Press)
Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press) -- Man, does Bo know how to jump. As well he should, he's a world champion at it.
almost 4-year-old mixed Walker coonhound-Doberman has been competing
for about three years in canine aquatic competitions sponsored by the
Dock Dogs organization. The worldwide organization sanctions
competitions as well as rehab and other activities for dogs.
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recently broke his own world record in the extreme vertical jump
category at The Shell Factory & Nature Park during the 12th Annual
Gumbo Fest, jumping 8 feet, 6 inches.
about waist high to an average person, Bo also owns the Iron Dog indoor
title, which he won at the 2013 Dock Dogs World Championships in
Coral resident Crystal McClaran, owner of Bo, said the friendly and
enthusiastic hound is a rescue dog that she obtained in 2010 when he was
8 weeks old.
"He was with a litter found under a trailer in my neighborhood in Beaufort, S.C.," she said.
prowess as a jumper didn't become evident right off the bat, she said.
"I had tried him earlier, and he didn't like it," she said.
McClaran said she brought Bo along when she trained other dogs to jump, and he eventually took to the sport.
"He saw the other dogs," she said. "Bo jumped 18-19 feet the first time in Big Air. He ended up being the superstar."
Extreme Vertical event is considered the most difficult. Dogs take a
running start and leap to snatch a target bumper hanging more than eight
feet off the water.
She hasn't been able to keep him from going airborne since.
has set seven world records," she said. "He's the number one Iron Dog
in the world." The Iron Dog title denotes the best in all divisions for
Dock Dogs - Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve.
does have competition, she said. A Belgian Malinois shepherd named Griz
has been nipping at Bo's heels, and the two have swapped titles in
extreme vertical both indoor and outdoors.
"We're friends," McClaran said of Griz and his handler, Tony Lampert. "They are the top two dogs."
McClaran and Bo train at the Aqua Dog Sports facility at the Shell Factory.
Tighe, Aqua Dog owner, said the facility had been running Dock Dogs
sanctioned events for three years, and Bo was one of her first
there the first time he went off the dock, and we were all a little
surprised and happy to have a dog of that caliber," she said.
Tighe's facility also offers swim classes, rehabilitation, aerobics and other water activities.
and McClaran, and Bo, are also members of the Suncoast Dock Dogs Club,
one of 39 Dock Dogs clubs in the U.S. and Canada, Australia and England.
"We have lots of really good caliber dogs in the club," Tighe said.
Bo, next weekend will be Apopka and then onto Virginia Beach for more
jumping and to get rankings. McClaran said Bo will also head to Dubuque
in November to defend his current titles.
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