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Are you sitting comfortably?


A hush falls over the Wag and Bone Show as members of the public help Dogs for
the Disabled achieve a new world record of 526 dogs sitting at one time

 

From the Chihuahua to the Great Dane, dogs across the country became record breakers this weekend when they smashed a record for the largest amount of dogs sitting at once.

The final total for ‘The Big Sit’ was 526 at an attempt held by charity Dogs for the Disabled and sponsors Pets at Home. The event took place across seven arenas at the first ever Wag and Bone Show at Ascot Racecourse.

Throughout the day, members of the public queued up to register for the attempt and then practised sitting with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers who were the official counters of the event.

Organiser of ‘The Big Sit’ Sarah Watson from Dogs for the Disabled was very pleased at the end of the count. "The current record stood at 336 so we knew we had a tough target to break, but the general public and their dogs didn’t let us down and when the two minutes started there was just this amazing quiet across the showground as dogs and owners concentrated on the task."

The charity is not content with leaving the record at 500 though. Sarah continues: "The Wag and Bone Show was a great place to hold the Big Sit and we hope that the general public will join us again next year to smash our own record – who knows we may even make the 1000 next year!"

Dogs for the Disabled trains dogs to help disabled people with practical, everyday tasks such as opening and closing doors, pressing light switches, helping someone undress and even taking the washing out of the machine. But even assistance dogs need to learn the basics like learning to sit.