Paws4 is an Incolink campaign to promote the benefits that dogs bring to our health and wellbeing. A dog can encourage us to get out and about, stay active, and be connected to our community.
In Australia, around 40% of dogs are not walked enough. Going for a walk can support you by boosting your mood, while also supporting your physical and mental health.
A four-footed best friend provides unconditional love and support, which is especially important during tough times.
So let’s pause for (paws4) thought for a moment to share some of the science behind this.
Dogs make us feel less alone and are there when people can’t be.
Owning a dog can help you live longer. Studies suggest that dog owners have lower blood pressure levels and improved responses to stress. Patting a dog can reduce levels of cortisol, a major stress hormone.
We are more social with dogs. Walking with a dog makes you more approachable so it is easier to make connections with other people.
Dogs make us happier. They are natural mood boosters and just by being with them our level of oxytocin, the “love hormone” can increase.
During the #Paws4 campaign, we will give our members a chance to share their dog experiences. You’ll be able to Pause4 for thought, exercise, connection and to build new habits.
Follow us on social media and share your doggy tales, photos and videos to celebrate our furry friends.
Did you know only 25% of dogs are walked daily in Australia, and 40% of dogs in Australia are not walked enough? Pawsing for a moment to go for a walk can be a significant mood booster, and can improve your physical and mental health.