Wellbeing Walks And Visits

Wellbeing Walks And Visits

for happier, healthier minds and bodies

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In a world where demands are constant and poor mental health is increasing, we are so excited to offer your organisation a well-being dog walk or visit with our carefully selected, behaviour-assessed and very fabulous dogs.

  1. Encourage your team or group to get up and out, and connect with each other, on a regular lunchtime, daytime, post-meeting or post-work pack walk to blow away those cobwebs and clear the mind (1 hour).
  2. Alternatively, arrange a one-off pack walk as part of a wellbeing or team-building event (1 to 2 hours).
  3. Or, if time away is difficult, or mobility is restricted, we can bring the dogs to you! Locality visits give your people time out to stroke and engage with a calming, friendly, non-judgemental doggy (1 hour).

It is well documented that time with animals, particularly dogs, can have a hugely positive impact on wellbeing. Walking dogs means exercise, fresh air, connecting with nature…all physically nurturing activities. Continued research is also demonstrating the impact the companionship of a dog can have on our daily emotional and psychological stresses.

Some of the benefits this can bring are:

Improved Productivity
Mindfulness
Stress, Anxiety and Depression Relief
Empathy
Social Connection
Exercise
Lots of wagging tails and smiling faces!

 

This in turn will lead to happier, healthier and connected people.

What’s not to love?!

Get in touch with our Wellbeing Coordinator, Suzy Copping, at [email protected] to find out more.

Check Out Our FAQ's

what better than canine company

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As many as you like! Each wellbeing walk comes with one trained staff member and four lovely friendly dogs. If you would like multiples of staff and dogs that can be arranged. We estimate 10-12 people can benefit from each group of four dogs.

Yes, you certainly can! A regular walk will really boost physical and mental health and give your colleagues something to look forward to. We can bring your favourite dogs for each walk or visit, so you really get to know them, or you can meet new dogs.

Yes, you can. Many leading organisations have wellbeing days or weeks to improve health, as they recognise the need to get up and active, connect with others and remind people to look after themselves. What better way to do so than with a group of happy, friendly pups, who not only offer comfort and exercise, but are also scientifically proven to aid the increase of serotonin and reduction of cortisol in humans when stroked or petted!

All the dogs remain on the lead for the duration of the visit and walks, as they must be in the control of trained staff at all times. Feedback from current attendees confirms that this does not reduce pleasure from the experience, as  everyone involved gets plenty of time and space to fuss and cuddle the dogs.

Of course, and they love all the fuss from you! Each of our wellbeing dogs have been carefully selected, behaviour-assessed and are very fabulous. We make sure that the dogs we bring to you all enjoy the experience. They go home thoroughly stroked, cuddled and treated. It’s practically a pamper session for them!

We can select a short and easily accessible walking route from your location, where possible. This means there is no need to transport yourselves to us. We come to you. The pace is gentle and suitable for all fitness levels, and we stop regularly to fuss the dogs and give them a treat. If you are interested in booking a walk away from your premises that is no problem and we will work with you to find the most suitable location for the attendees. You will be responsible for transporting your participants to the chosen location, and we will meet you there with the dogs.

Please advise participants to wear suitable clothing if they are going walking. Nothing additional is required for office visits. We require all participants to sign a waiver before undertaking a wellbeing walk or visit and these will be emailed to you before the day of the booking.

No problem at all. Our team are experts in all things dog and we love to share our knowledge with you. If you haven’t greeted a dog before we can show you how and will make sure you are safe throughout our visits and walks.

We have gathered a large amount of feedback from previous walks and visits, which we are happy to share if you would like to get in touch. Over 90% of all the participants who have provided feedback have said the experience has helped them to relax, feel good, connect with others and think more clearly. A huge majority also stated that they would not have taken a break if they hadn’t had the opportunity to meet our dogs.

“Tom and Toto were fantastic, efficient and friendly in both the organisation and delivery of the sessions here at the college. Students loved the opportunity to interact with the dogs and many fed back that they found the opportunity to cuddle and stroke the dogs very therapeutic, which helped create quite a stir about our larger mental health week activities! The dogs were really well behaved and affectionately interacted with people of all ages and abilities. We can’t wait to welcome them back!” Hannah Dunlop, City College Norwich.

If you are interested in signing your dog up to be a part of the wellbeing work we do, please email us on [email protected] We have a thorough screening process. It is important that all our wellbeing dogs are dog sociable and happy in a group of four dogs. They must also be happy to travel in the car and walk well on the lead. Most importantly they must enjoy the company of people and have a calm nature. If your dog is an established member of the Tom and Toto pack, we will assess them on their normal walk. If your dog is not already part of the pack, we will include them on a group walk for a standard group walk fee, to undertake the assessment. If all goes well, they will then attend their first wellbeing walk. Assuming they enjoy it, they will be invited to join in again!

This quote from one of our current dog owners shows the wider impact our doggy wellbeing work is generating!

“I think the wellbeing walks are a great idea and, as I have always, from my earliest memories, had a dog or two to be my best friends, introduce me to new friends, have fun with and cuddle up to me, I have never understood why people don’t understand just how good a dog’s company is….
I am delighted that this idea is finally catching on …. and am more than happy for Mya and Loopy to attend any sessions you would like them to. I trust all the staff of Tom and Toto. You are all professional and careful whilst giving the girls a good run and a good time…. That says loads! The fact that you have now expanded to let our pups befriend those people who need their love is fantastic. Please take Meep and Loops whenever you think they will be useful….I am very proud that my girls are good enough to help people.” Maureen Dack (owner of Mya and Loopy)