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5,000 dogs to (hopefully) 'sit' for world record bid

THEY say never work with animals - so the organisers of the largest ever dog obedience training lesson have their work cut out.

The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) organised the session for over 5,000 dogs next month.

And as part of the event, an attempt will be made to break the Guinness World Record for the number of dogs in one obedience class.

Alex Petrilli, RTE Dog whisperer and founder of King of Paws training, has been lined up to lead the attempt.

The current world record of 390 dogs was set in Madrid two years ago.

Canine owners have been invited to sign up for the world record attempt when they register for the overall Great Irish Dog Walk event.

A spokesperson told the Herald that the dogs will be expected to perform tasks together, such as the 'sit' command.

"There will be 5,000 dogs there, so we are hopeful for as many as possible in the class," he said.

Each participant has also been asked to raise at least €25.


The Great Irish Dog Walk 2014 (launched by Ryan Tubridy) has been organised to take place in Dublin's Phoenix Park, on Saturday, September 27, from 9am to 4pm.

The aim of the event is to help raise awareness of the unnecessary suffering of animals, to help the DSPCA raise funds and to rescue suffering animals.

The organisation calls for people to stand together for all animals who haven't had a good start but who deserve a voice.

"The Great Irish Dog Walk is a very special event and is a celebration of the special place that pets, especially dogs, have in Irish people's lives," Brian Gillen CEO of the DSPCA said.