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Dog-walking and human wellbeing

Increasing dog-walking in the community: what is the potential of wearable dog trackers?
The PAWalks Trial is an exciting new study that will examine the effectiveness of different dog-walking promoting methods for increasing physical activity (PA) among dog owners.

Are you a dog owner living in Sydney?

Led by Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney School of Public Health, the research team is seeking 80 dog owners living within 60km of the Sydney CBD.

Participants will be asked to periodically complete 3 questionnaires and simple measurements of physical activity over the course 9 months. 

Ethics committee approval number: 2018/1000


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Reside in Sydney metropolitan area (within 60km of the Sydney CBD)
  • Able to fluently speak and understand English 
  • Not pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the trial
  • Absence of physical limitations that prevent walking

Currently the owner of one dog that:

  • Has no veterinary conditions that would limit low intensity activities such as walking
  • Has not entered the last decile of expected lifespan for the given breed
  • Is not less than 1 year old (not a puppy)


How to participate

To register your interest please visit our website or email the research team at