WESTLAKE, Ohio (WJW) — Zara can jump a whopping distance of 21 feet, earning the 5-year-old Labrador Retriever from Westlake global attention.
“We’ve been told at national dock jumping competitions that she’s a once-in-a-lifetime dog…a once in a lifetime pet,” said Zara’s owner Brittny Heller.
Dog dock jumping is a competition in which dogs compete in jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water.
Photo Courtesy: Brittny Heller
Brittny said Zara also always impresses judges with her 6-foot vertical jump.
Zara liked swimming in Lake Erie as a puppy then the Hellers started training her at dog jumping pools in North Ridgeville.
Zara dueled a variety of dog breeds from the United States, Australia, Italy, and Canada, finishing 19th out of more than 500 dogs at the worldwide competition.
“Just making it to the global championship for a dog in its first year of dock jumping is extremely rare,” Brittny said.