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Take the Dog Happiness Quiz in the lead up to PAWGUST

Guide Dogs Australia promotes the link between daily exercise and a happy pup this PAWGUST

This year, for the launch of PAWGUST 2019, Guide Dogs Australia have released a Dog Happiness Quiz which lets owners measure the happiness of their dog. 

The annual fundraising challenge encourages people to commit to walking their pooches 30 minutes a day for 30 days during August, which, according to Dognitive Therapist and PAWGUST Ambassador Laura Vissaritis (known as Laura V), could do wonders for a dog’s mental health and happiness.

"Dogs and humans are more similar than you might think! The link between exercise and improved mental health for people exists for dogs as well. Exercise releases neurotransmitters, such as endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin into the brain, all which aid in pain relief, happiness and optimism for our dogs.”

With only 30% of owners reportedly walking their dog every day [1], Laura V says Australians could be ignoring a vital way to ensure their pups are feeling their healthiest and happiest. She is urging all owners to consider the positive impact that committing to walking 30 minutes a day for PAWGUST could have on their pup.

“Dogs crave consistency and purpose, so an initiative such as PAWGUST has a multitude of benefits. You’re making a commitment to regular exercise, which is healthy for dogs and owners, all while raising funds for Guide Dogs Australia.”

According to Laura V, there are some obvious signs and symptoms that dogs are experiencing poor mental health or anxiety; these include barking, loss of appetite or trying to escape, but not every sign is so easy to read.

“Sometimes, the body language we perceive as excitement or happiness are in fact a sign that a dog is feeling anxious. Things like yawning or certain tail wags can indicate your dog is actually experiencing distress,” said Laura V.

“There are certain activities dog owners should implement to maintain the health and happiness of their dog. These include dog walking, problem-solving activities, exploring new places and socialisation with other dogs,” said Laura V.

Guide Dogs Australia is calling on Aussies to walk their dogs daily this PAWGUST

Guide Dogs Australia’s PAWGUST Spokesperson Dale Cleaver said, “Australian dog owners need to be walking their dog every day – not just for their wellbeing, but for the mental and physical wellbeing of their best mate. Getting behind a great cause like PAWGUST, Aussie dogs and their owners can improve their mental health while raising funds for an important cause”.

“Guide Dogs Australia plays a critical role in enabling people with impaired vision to move around their communities safely and independently, by providing orientation and mobility services, including Guide Dogs. Guide Dogs are also a source of constant support and companionship,” Mr Cleaver went on to say. “It costs in excess of $50,000 to raise and train a guide dog, so we’d love the support of as many Australians as possible to provide the best services possible to people living with vision loss or blindness”.

This PAWGUST, Australians can pledge to walk their best mate for 30 minutes a day for 30 days via www.PAWGUST.com.au and ask their friends and family to sponsor them to raise vital funds for Guide Dogs Australia.

You can register to take part until Thursday 15th August 2019.

[1] The Australian Dog Owners survey is based on a survey of 1,000 Australian dog owners, conducted via online survey method through Pure Profile in 2018.


MEDIA RELEASE, 22nd July 2019

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