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Daily exercise is PAW-fect for you and your best mate!

This PAWGUST, all Australians can pledge to walk their best mate for 30 minutes a day for 30 days by participating in PAWGUST.

PAWGUST is the annual event at Guide Dogs Australia that encourages dog owners to challenge themselves to walk their dogs for thirty minutes per day in August and raise vital funds to help raise and train Guide Dogs for Australians living with vision loss and blindness.

Take the pledge and register to participate in PAWGUST now. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you and to raise vital funds for Guide Dogs Australia.

Take Care of Your Best Mate!  

Dognitive Therapist and PAWGUST Ambassador Laura Vissaritis (known as Laura V) said the PAWGUST challenge 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,” Laura V said.

With only 30% of owners reportedly walking their dog every day, 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,” 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.

This year, for 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.

Getting behind a great cause like PAWGUST, Aussie dogs and their owners can improve their mental health while raising funds for an important cause.

At Guide Dogs WA, we are calling on all Western Australians to register and commit to walking their dogs daily this PAWGUST.

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