Raising Your Paws Podcast episode 018.

Listen here: How to Read Your Dog’s Tail & Knowing a Dog Breed’s Original Purpose Explains their Behavior.


Full Show Notes for This Episode.

When a dog wags its tail, it is common to assume the dog is feeling happy and friendly. There are times, this is not the case at all. Find out how to interpret a dog’s tail then hear about when a wag may mean your dog is afraid, threatened or anxious.

Next, we’ll demystify some more ingredients in pet food, and explain the difference between protein meal and by-products, what is yucca schidigera and more.

You can call Genie Beur, Director of Customer Service, at NutriSource Pet Foods and ask her questions about your pets and pet food ingredients. Her direct line:  218-346-8312.

Then, if you understand the original purpose a particular breed of dog was bred for, it can explain how that breed is likely to behave. Hear fun, need-to-know facts about a few breeds in today’s “Meet a breed” feature.

Here are the photos of the dogs I spoke about on the podcast.

Here are some Great Danes.

Some Great Danes have cropped ears.

This is a Vizla.

Resources for the episode.

Do dogs really feel guilty?  Hear Jean Donaldson, leading dog trainer, talk about if dogs can tell the difference between right and wrong when they poop on the floor in Episode 002.  Listen to this episode here. 

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Blog – Dane’s Gotta Jump, Beagle’s Gotta Sniff, Lab’s Gotta Swim – a Breed’s Purpose.   

If you know what the reason a particular breed was bred for, then you will know some of the behaviors your dog may be likely to exhibit.

In episode 018 of the Raising Your Paws podcast, you can hear some of the reasons why Great Danes, Beagles and Labrador Retrievers do some of the annoying, I mean endearing things that they do.

Here’s a light hearted look at the Great Danes ability to jump.

Oh, alright, the Dane is not actually jumping that high on its own. It’s jumping on a trampoline. But they were bred to use their amazing jumping abilities.

Everyone knows that Labs love water – they were bred to jump in freezing water to collect game for hunters.

Watch this one. Walter, the dog, knows exactly where he’s going.