Beauty and the Beasts 11

Crystal McClaran and her 14 canines find balance with structure, consistency, exercise and fulfillment


Dock diving is her sport. Her reaction time rivals that of a superhero. She led her pack to earn many World Championships while setting world records along the way. Crystal McClaran, Team Bo Nose trainer, travels the DockDogs competition circuit with her team of rescue dogs. Her ability to train competitive breeds is her gift and her list of accolades is 30 feet and three inches long.

The Beasts

McClaran’s competition team comprises of Bo, a Treeing Walker Coonhound Doberman mix, JuiceBox, a Belgian Malinois, once an aggressive owner surrender who is turning his life around through work and structure, EuroFLex and Whiplash, both Lurchers, and up and coming Champs, Chartreuse and Arrivederci, both Belgian Malinoises, and dock diving stars in the making, and Boudreaux, a Pit Bull-Boxer-Beagle mix who is most enthusiastic student despite having Parvo as a pup.

The pack includes members that still jump and train but don’t compete. Annie, a Catahoula, and Meatball a Pit Bull, both more couch potatoes than competitors, are Bo’s running buddies. Completing the team are her Belgian Malinoises: Marma a rescue still struggling with confidence, but improving every day, Dexter Morgan with advanced training and used for demonstrations, Piper who loves frisbee and dock diving and assists in training handlers how to throw the toy correctly, and Atticus Finch who thinks he’s a lap dog or labrador.

Bo, the hound-dog that set McClaran on this adventure, has set 32 World Records and has most recently raced into the Guinness Book of World Records for Speed Retrieve. It’s undeniable that this rescue is one special beast.

“He was just a cute hound dog, so I adopted him. He kept growing and growing and getting bigger. He was different from the beginning. He just keeps winning.”

Yayoh, McClaran’s Belgian Malinois, won one World Championship and a reserve in her first year competing. Yayoh holds the record for DockDogs Big Air jumping 30’3″. Bo and Yayoh took the first and second spot at the 2016 DockDogs World Championships. McClaran’s no-nonsense-common-sense approach to training is the foundation to this pack’s success.

Although, we may not be teaming with our pooches in pursuit of world records, most of us want to improve the quality of our dog’s life by maximizing health, productivity and happiness. McClaran shares what keeps her pack in balance and how we can improve the lives of our canine companions, making them our canine champions in life.