Dogs have rich emotional lives in which they can coexist with different species, and even forge bonds outside of their own species.
Companion dogs respond to their environments and their owners’ sense of well-being. When owners are stressed and anxious, dogs can exhibit undesirable behaviours.
A series of studies found that exposure to dogs leads people to make riskier financial decisions, while interactions with cats have the opposite effect.
Human beings evolved to nurture – and that drive can extend to children who aren’t your own and even to members of other species.
Many Australians are dog owners but feelings run high over the issue of allowing dogs on public transport. Despite polarised opinions, experience overseas shows how concerns can be managed.
Giving male dogs the snip is a common practice in Australia and elsewhere to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs. But it can also lead to some unwanted behavioural problems.
The average owner spends between £21,000 and £33,000 on their dog in its lifetime.