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The Physical and Affective Wellbeing Study of dog owners (PAWS)

Most dog owners will confidently tell you how their dog improves their life
The PAWS trial aims to investigate if dogs do, in fact, have a positive impact on our health as is often claimed by dog-lovers around the world.

Dogs are loved by their owners for many reasons; a wagging tail to come home to, an enthusiastic walking partner, someone to protect the house, a cuddle buddy, a catalyst for new friendships and most importantly, a four-legged friend who loves you unconditionally. Most dog owners will confidently tell you how their dog improves their life, including their physical and mental health. As scientists, we want to find out if this claim can be supported by evidence. The PAWS trial aims to investigate if dogs do, in fact, have a positive impact on our health as is often claimed by dog-lovers around the world. 

Ethics committee approval number: 2018/811 

Eligibility

Universal eligibility criteria for all participants:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Not currently owning another pet (cat or other furry animal)
  • Not planning to acquire another pet (i.e., more than one dog or a different furry animal) for the duration of the study
  • Fluent in English
  • Absence of physical limitations that prevent walking
  • Residing within Australia

How to participate

To register your interest please visit our website www.pawstrial.com or email the research team at cpc.dognode@sydney.edu.au