Friends with Benefits: Early Contact with Dogs Linked to Lower Risk of Asthma

Health benefits of pets

A team of Swedish scientists have used national register information in more than one million Swedish children to study the association of early life contact with dogs and subsequent development of asthma. The new study showed that children who grew up with dogs had about 15 percent less asthma than children without dogs.

Safe Bird Toys: Things to Consider When Making Homemade Bird Toys

Safe Bird Toys: how to make safe homemade bird toys

There is a huge variety of bird toys on the market to choose from, and some creative parrot owners may even want to try making their own homemade bird toys to save costs. However, not all materials are safe for birds. To ensure your pet is only given safe bird toys to play with, consider these tips.

How to Choose the Correct Horse Riding Equipment

Choosing horse riding equipment can be confusing

There is a wide range of horse riding equipment to cater for every discipline of horsemanship, from dressage, show jumping or eventing, to endurance riding and hacking. Your choice of equipment will most likely depend on the type of riding you intend doing, and whether you will be riding English or Western style.

Scared Silly: How to Treat Noise Phobia in Dogs

Noise phobia in dogs

With the 4th of July celebrations behind us, dogs that suffer from noise phobias can now relax for a while – well until the next celebration, such as Guy Fawkes or New Year, when fireworks will again light up our skies. If you own a dog that is terrified of loud noises, this article offers advice on how to cure noise phobia in dogs.