New initiative to keep the pounds off hounds

Dog Weigh In

Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity have teamed up with Bassetlaw District Council to launch a campaign aimed at improving the lives and welfare of overweight dogs and their owners.

The new campaign, ‘Woof, Waggle and Waistline’ launches on Wednesday 22nd November at The Buttermarket, Retford Town Hall between 11am and 3pm.

Woof, Waggle and Waistline aims to help thousands of dogs in Bassetlaw as a growing trend in canine obesity hits the region.

Statistics gathered by Dogs Trust’s campaigns team in the North of England show that a third of dogs who attended their community events in 2016 were overweight, while the NHS tells us that two in three adults are considered overweight.

Dog owners attending the launch will be provided with important information on supporting the health and wellbeing of their dog, including how to ensure they maintain a healthy weight. Owners of dogs identified as being overweight will be given a free pack which will include a comprehensive information booklet with lots of useful dietary advice.

Attendees will be able to obtain information and advice on all aspects of responsible dog ownership. Each dog will be offered a free health check including free nail clipping and free microchipping. Dog owners will also be given the opportunity to take part in activities and have fun with their dog.

Denise Kelly, Campaigns Manager for Dogs Trust North of England, said:

“We hope to see lots of people there as it is sure to be a fun, but informative insight into all the things dog owners should be considering if they are to give their pet the best quality of life, whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle themselves.

“We plan on holding a number of community events that offer informative advice to dog owners and potential dog owners alike on the fundamentals of owning a dog. This will include the importance of neutering your pet, the cost and time involved in owning a dog and resources on dog training and behaviour as well as the legal requirement to have your dog microchipped.”

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“Owning a dog is a great way of enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle, as playing with your dog outside and going for walks is a great way to get the heart rate up.

“We’re delighted to have partnered with Dogs Trust and BPL to offer dogs and their owners valuable information on what they can do to improve their wellbeing and that of their pet.”

Staff from Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL) will be on hand to offer information and advice on fitness classes, swimming and gym memberships as well as GP referrals and dedicated senior citizen fitness sessions.

Dogs Trust will be holding regular community events across the North of England. For more information, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/ifwoofswerewords

Published: Wednesday 08 November 2017
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