Hairpieces For Horses And Clogs For Dogs

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Domestic dogs and leisure horses have never had it so good, but why do we spend so much money on them? From hair extensions to formulated feeds, sorbet to scones, not forgetting the "bling" and Santa outfits, it seems there is nothing an owner can't buy these days for their treasured animal companion.

Dylan Winter explores what's changed in our life alongside these animals to account for such pampering and expenditure. Amongst the aisles of an equestrian megastore and the trade stands at Crufts, he tackles the light-of-purse owners now weighed down with shopping bags to find out what they are prepared to spend and why, what's truly necessary and what's not. Dylan also asks anthrozoologists and psychologists about the origins and psychology of the complex and quirky bonds humans can have with these animals.

Producer: Sheena Duncan

A Sheena Duncan Production for BBC Radio 4.

Domestic dogs and leisure horses have never had it so good, why do we spend like we do? From hair extensions to formulated feeds, sorbet and scones it seems there is nothing an owner can't buy for their treasured animal companion.

With endless accessories and feeds now available, Dylan Winter explores what's changed in our life alongside these animals to account for such pampering and expenditure.

Amongst the aisles of an equestrian megastore and the trade stands at Crufts he tackles the light-of-purse owners now weighed down with shopping bags to find out what they are prepared to spend and why. Dylan also asks anthrozoologists and psychologists about the origins and psychology of the complex quirky bonds humans have with these animals.

Domestic dogs and leisure horses have never had it so good, why do we spend like we do?