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'.