Studies have shown that pet ownership, particularly dogs, helps reduce the risk of heart disease, as dog owners are more likely to engage in walking and physical activities.

The family-friendly Woof-a-thon, organised by Singapore Heart Foundation, is a chance for dog-lovers to get together and enjoy the cardiovascular benefits of walking their dogs.

Dog owners can register to walk with their furry friends on a “Buddy Walk”. Those who do not have dogs can still join in the walk – all for a healthier heart!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of dog walking?
Observational studies found that dog owners engage in more walking and physical activity than non-dog owners and are 54% more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity.

Pet owners above the age of 65 also make 30% fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

For dog owners living alone, the number of cardiovascular deaths was lower by 36%, and the risk of heart attack was lower by 11%.

What are the responsibilities of dog owners at the event?
Dog owners are required by law to leash your dogs in public places. Leashing prevents dogs from getting lost or disturbing/hurting others. For the safety of all participants, owners must:

  • Keep your dog under proper control to ensure that he/she does not cause a nuisance to any person or dog.
  • Take all reasonable steps to ensure that their dog does not injure, endanger, intimidate or otherwise cause distress to any person or dog.
  • Ensure that your dog does not damage or endanger any property.

In compliance with the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) under National Parks Board (NParks), the following scheduled dogs must be leashed and securely muzzled when in public places.

Part I

  1. Pit Bull, which includes the American Pit Bull Terrier (which is also known as the American Pit Bull and Pit Bull Terrier), American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, and crosses between them and other breeds
  2. Akita
  3. Neapolitan Mastiff
  4. Tosa
  5. Dogo Argentino
  6. Fila Brasileiro
  7. Boerboel
  8. Perro De Presa Canario
  9. Crosses of 1 to 8

Part II

  1. Bull Terrier
  2. Doberman Pinscher
  3. Rottweiler
  4. German Shepherd Dog with its related breeds such as the Belgian Shepherd Dog and the East European Shepherd Dog
  5. Mastiffs, including the Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso and Dogue De Bordeaux
  6. Crosses of 1 to 5

SHF reserves the right to deny the participants and/or his/her accompanying dog(s) entry to the event for safety reasons.

Reference: Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS)

Be a responsible pet owner!
Please keep the venue clean. Clean up your dog’s poop with a plastic bag and dispose of in the nearest trash bin.

Dog training tips

  • Remember to practice over a two-week period leading up to the walk so that you and your dog are ready for the event.
  • Practice walking on trails and in other locations where people walk with their dogs to acclimate your dog to other dogs in a pack with distractions.

Safety tips

  • Stay hydrated throughout the Buddy Walk.
  • Make sure to stop if your dog is lagging. Pay close attention to the energy and stress levels of your dog. Do not pull or drag your dog.
  • Dogs must be on leashes at all times. The use of retractable leashes is highly discouraged and can be hazardous in a crowd.
  • Inspect your dog’s pads for any signs of cuts and wear.
  • Most importantly, relax and enjoy a healthy evening out with your furry friend(s)!