Tips for Walkers
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Keep your WAGATHON fun and safe for your four-legged best friend. Here’s how:
Build up gradually. Like you, your dog needs to ease into physical activity if they’re not already in shape. If a fast pace is your goal, start with walking and build up to running.
Pup must be into it. Believe it or not, some dogs don’t like to run! Make sure your pooch is enthusiastic about the activity, and keep it at a trot to go the distance.
Watch the weather. Kipling once said, “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.” Heed these words, and immediately get to shade and provide water if you suspect overheating.
Stay hydrated. Bring water for your dog on a long run or walk. (Don’t let your dog drink from puddles!) Provide water before and after an outing.
Take care of your paws. Examine paws for cuts before and after exercise. If you are out on salty or dirty roads, clean your dog’s paws with a warm, soapy cloth when you get home.
Watch out for the following signs of distress:
- Excessive panting or foaming
- Glazed eyes
What about the puppies? You shouldn’t run with your dog until they are 14 months or older. Dogs under a year should walk no more than 3 miles per day.
Always check with your veterinarian if you have any concerns. If you’re turning into a serious running team, it’s a good idea to have the doc keep an eye on your pup’s heart, lungs, and joints.
Don’t panic! Fundraising can be fun, quick and easy. Here are some ways that you can promote and raise funds for your WAGATHON. Just: Post, Send, Ask & Host!
Easily download (right click and “save”) these featured graphics below and post them directly to your social media pages to promote your WAGATHON page! Simply create a post or add to your Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat story. P.S. Don’t forget to include a link to your WAGATHON Page!
Social media is a critical tool for online fundraising – and the easiest way to reach a vast network of friends, family, co-workers and casual acquaintances. Here are a few ways that you can maximize your social media fundraising:
- Post often! There is no shortage of content on social media, and Facebook and Twitter posts can get buried very quickly. Make sure you are reposting your link often so it stays top of mind and top of feed!
- Tag & link! Post a personalized shout-out to each donor. Tag your donor and add their pic for extra emphasis – and include a link to your fundraising page. Your donor will feel appreciated, and his or her followers will learn about your campaign!
- Don’t forget Insta! If you’re going to use Instagram to post pics and promote your WAGATHON, add your fundraising page URL to your bio and include “link in bio” in every post.
One of the best ways to raise money for your WAGATHON is… *drumroll*… by sending e-mails! It's quick, easy, super effective, and you can do it directly from your WAGATHON Page!
We have email templates available in the "Email" tab on your fundraiser dashboard. Here's how to get there:
1. Go to your Dashboard and click the "Email" tab
2. Click "Compose" to use our ready to send email templates
3. Select your audience, then choose a template
Here are some quick tips for getting the most out of your emails:
- Cast a wide-net! The more people you ask, the more likely you are to get a donation. You can import contacts under the "Contact Book" tab on your fundraiser dashboard.
- Tell your story! People want to know what you're doing and why. Explain why you're supporting Guiding Eyes for the Blind, how much you love your pup and/or how you're improving your health. Testimonials are key to soliciting support – and don't be afraid to tug on the heartstrings a little!
- Hit Resend! Some people will donate after your first ask, but most will need a gentle reminder. Resend emails periodically – especially as you hit your personal milestones.
- The most important rule of fundraising is, you have to make the ask! After you’ve finished with your social media and email outreach, how about making a few personal asks face-to-face?
- Since this is a 26.2 mile WAGATHON, ask your friends, family and co-workers to sponsor you per mile. Even better – ask them to double their donation if you and your pup partner complete the WAGATHON.
- Sponsors! Do you know any businesses – big or small – that would support you and Guiding Eyes for the Blind? It’s the best way to get the big bucks!
Are you excited about your WAGATHON? Share your passion and commitment by starting a team! Here are some ways to recruit team members to join you on your Wag:
It’s simple and effective. With the click of a button, you can reach out to all of your email contacts and friends on social media. Don’t just ask for donations – ask them to join your team.
Join my team for the 2023 WAGATHON, a cumulative marathon that we can do anywhere and at our own pace. The goal is to hit 26.2 miles by September 30th and raise funds for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. We’d love for you to join us. Click the link and join our team!
- Social Media
- Puppy sitters
- Local dog park
- Running clubs
- Church groups
- Puppy socializer
- Local gyms
- Girl or Boy Scout troops
- Community organizations (Lions, Kiwanis Club, etc.)
- Student groups
- Dog walkers
- Doggie daycare
- Pet stores
- Dog groomers
- Local track/cross country teams
- Members of your Puppy Class
- Fellow puppy raisers