With a study that shows dogs as being the most common household pet in Australia, it comes as no shock that some people let their pups live indoors. However, it's important to keep in mind that common household items can mask as hidden dangers for your dog. So, whether you have a dachshund who heads straight for the kitchen, or a golden retriever who loves your living room, it's always a good idea to puppy proof your home.
Dogs provide valuable support for children when they are worried or stressed - according to a study undertaken at the University of Florida. The study, which observed 100 pet owning families, asked children to complete public speaking and arithmetic tasks, with either a dog, their parent, or nobody present. Guess which experience boosted them the most? The one with a furry friend! Children experience significant drops in the stress hormone, cortisol, when they simply caress their dog. Of course, if you could only take one pooch home with you, it would have to be a cute little 'hot dog'.
Holidays are best when the whole family can get together and enjoy the trip, but what about those members of the family who walk on all fours and are covered with fur?
A nervous and anxious dog can be challenging to own. They are often very sensitive, stressed, or even shut down if the owner does not understand their fear. When a pet develops this kind of emotional behavior, they may become fearful of anything new in their environment, making it difficult to train. Every time an individual walks through the door or sits on the couch where your pet usually lies down. He becomes anxious and aggressive out of his fear that you will leave him again. Thus placing much strain, this places on both human-animal relationships. Why? Because it forces owners to limit what they do around their pets for safety reasons. Here are tips to help your nervous and anxious dog:
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