Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Each year at our Dogs’ Day Out in Pembrey Country Park we like to offer our visitors a new challenge to have a go at. This year we decided to try and break the world record for the largest dog obedience lesson.
To break the record we had to hold a lesson which lasted no less than half and hour during which the participants taught their dogs a minimum of two new commands. The lovely Lynne Davies and her team offered to lead the class and we decided to teach the dogs (and the handlers) some commands in Welsh.
On the day the weather was less than kind but 319 handlers and trainers still braved the elements and took part in the event. They learned the Welsh commands “eistedd” for sit and “lawr” for down as well as a command for spin.
The handlers ranged from children to senior citizens and there were dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. Despite having a so many dogs in a relatively small area their behaviour was impeccable and a credit to their owners.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the event, especially;
Councillor Jeanette Gilasbey, Mayor of Kidwelly and Simon Brazier from Towy Vets, Carmarthen, for generously giving up their time and being our official independent observers
Justin and Ben – two gentlemen who gallantly volunteered to be independent observers and patiently stood in the rain counting all the participants as they went in and out of the arena
Robert Alleyne, the trainers from Lynne Davies Dog Training, the Tailwagger Club of Leeds and Willow Tree School for Dogs who kindly provided one-to-one help for any handlers who needed it
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