Norman, the Scooter-Riding Dog, Sets Guinness World Record [Video]

Scooter-riding dog, which became Internet sensation, sets Guinness World Record by going 100 feet without help.

A French sheepdog,Norman, rode his scooter directly to the Guinness Book of World Records on Friday in Marietta, Ga.

The three-year-old dog managed to scoot 100 feet in 20.75 seconds surrounded by a crowd cheering him on in a local gymnasium, The New York Daily News reports.

Known as “Norman the Scooter Dog,” the French Sheepdog needed to cover the set distance — without any assistance — in under 30 seconds to enter the famous record book.

The distance appeared to be a little longer when compared to that the dog is used to, so he had to practice. However, the sheepdog, who is smart enough to take his favourite foods out of the fridge, puts his own dishes in the dishwasher and towels himself off, was up to the task.

“We had just gotten an email from Guinness and they said, ‘Hey we designed a new record, and we wanted to see if Norman would be interested in setting it,'” Norman’s owner Karen Cobb said. “So of course we said yes, how much fun does that sound!”

Norman set the world record at a local event that raised money for Road Trip Home, a charity that aims to save animals from high-kill shelters, writes The Daily Mail.

“‘Hundreds of college coaches, thousands of basketball players, never a dog,” a representative of the All Tournament Play Park where the event was held told the local media, describing the type of athletic talent to grace the sporting complex.

“It’s still mind boggling,” he added. “It looks like a little man in a dog outfit.”

“We wanted to introduce him to all new objects, so we just happened to have the kid’s scooter in the backyard and thought it would be fun to put him on there and get him used to it, and he loved it. He just wouldn’t get off,” the dog’s happy owner said.

The shaggy dog has become an internet star after his owners taught him to ride a scooter.  The Briard from Canton, Georgia easily demonstrated that he can balance on the toy unaided with his front paws resting over the handlebars while he pushes himself along using his hind leg.

“He began playing with the kids’ scooter in the backyard and we thought it would be fun to give him a ride on it,” said Karen Cobb. “Then we decided to teach him to push it and now he loves riding his scooter.”

Videos of his tricks have been viewed numerous times times on YouTube and even earned him a television appearance on US TV programme ‘the Late Show with David Letterman.’

His manners have also earned him dozens of prizes on the show ring circuit. He won a Companion Dog title at just 15 months old and many more dog obedience rosettes have followed.

Briards originate from France and their recognised talents include search and rescue, police work, military work, watchdogging and guarding, but they also also make excellent companions, finding favour with Napoleon and Thomas Jefferson.

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