Dog owners wanted

Would you and your dog like to be in a ground-breaking Australian study being conducted by the University of Western Australia? Your involvement may help improve the health and well-being of many people and their dogs, plus you’ll have the chance to win a number of prizes. 

If you have a dog that can be walked for ten minutes at a time, we’d like to invite your participation in the Pooches And Walking Study (PAWS). This research is being conducted by The University of Western Australia with support from the Australian Veterinary Association (WA Division) and your local veterinarian.

Whether you walk your dog a lot or a little, your participation in this study is important because it will provide information to help design community programs that support others to achieve better health outcomes. It’s valuable information that will be employed by the medical profession, local government and relevant community organisations.

What the study involves:

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    Complete three 20-minute surveys; one at the start, and the others about one and three months later. The surveys are about you and your dog and the factors that influence whether you walk with your dog.
  • After you have completed the first survey, you will be allocated to one of four groups to help support you to walk with your dog. The support includes (1) Vet advice to walk dog; (2) Owner and dog wear a pedometer; (3) Physical activity information brochure; or (4) Dog walking encouragement.
  • As well as having the opportunity to win prizes for simply participating, you will receive a summary of the study findings. 

Click here for a more detailed information sheet about the study.

If you would like to take part in the study or need any further information, please contact Claire Lauritsen, the project coordinator on 6488 7803 or email

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