‘Hero dogs’ raise money for those without homes

Thousands of dogs across six countries will be setting off on the Agria Dog Walk to raise money for animals in rescue homes.

On Saturday 25 May 2019, walks will be taking place simultaneously in locations across Europe, with dogs coming together to raise money for the rescue that’s local to them. Walks are planned in Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Paris and several locations in the UK, including Edinburgh and Devon.

Each walk is linked to a local rescue, and for every dog that’s walked, Agria Pet Insurance will donate £5. Every penny raised will go directly to that rescue, supporting and helping them to rehome animals.

As well as raising as much money as possible for rescues, the Agria Dog Walk also aims to highlight the mutual positive impact dogs and owners have on one another – in particular, from getting out and walking together. Such benefits include tackling dog and human obesity, boosting self-esteem and improving sleep quality and mood.

Carolyn Menteith, Agria behaviourist and trainer, said: “A walk is a wonderful break in the day for both you and your dog. Often, it’s the only time we get to focus 100% on them, and so it’s the perfect opportunity to deepen the bond between you and improve your relationship.

“All breeds and individuals are different – and some need long rambling walks exploring the countryside, while others like a short sprint followed by some lazing on the sofa.”

She added: “It’s not just about walking though. It’s about knowing your dog so you can give them the right kind of exercise and doing what they really enjoy. For some dogs this can be playing retrieve games, for others hide and seek is a favourite pastime, while others enjoy practicing training exercises while out and about.

“The important thing is that walking your dog is something you do together – no distractions, no phones or work – just the two of you.”

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