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Allergic to Cats? You and Felines Can Co-Exist. (Blog #87)

Allergic to Cats? You and Felines Can Co-Exist. (Blog #87)

Are you allergic to cats but love the creatures?  That means you either have one living with you and suffer through the symptoms (it was congestion and headaches for me with my cat, Willie) or you have resigned yourself to no feline company. Maybe this describes you -...

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Do you feel the pet you rescued, saved you as well? (Blog #81)

Do you feel the pet you rescued, saved you as well? (Blog #81)

If you have adopted a homeless cat or dog, by bringing them home, you know you have given them a second chance for a better, happier life. In addition to saving them you may feel that in some ways, they have rescued you. In this week's episode of the Raising Your Paws...

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Why Exactly Does My Cat Have To Scratch on Things? (Blog #78)

Why Exactly Does My Cat Have To Scratch on Things? (Blog #78)

It's always good to visit the issue of a cats need to scratch. Since they will always do this and much conflict occurs when your feline chooses your favorite chair,  it's best to fully understand this behavior. It is a common belief that when your cat scratches the...

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How to Increase Your Dog’s Happiness. (Blog #76)

How to Increase Your Dog’s Happiness. (Blog #76)

Get them SEEKING more. This is one of the core emotion systems in your dogs brain. In your's as well by the way. The SEEKING system is a combination of emotions -  wanting, looking, curiosity. Overall,  it makes us and our dogs feel happy.  In this week's episode of...

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Do You Know about the Dogs that Helped on 9-11? (Blog #75)

Do You Know about the Dogs that Helped on 9-11? (Blog #75)

As I'm writing this blog, on Sept. 8, 2020, it is startling to me to think that the events of Sept. 11, 2001 were 19 years ago. In recalling and paying respect to all those that lost their lives and the people and canines, that worked to save and recover others, on...

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What Core Emotions Do I Share With My Pets? (Blog #74)

What Core Emotions Do I Share With My Pets? (Blog #74)

You, dogs and cats (and other mammals for that matter) have the same core emotion systems in our brains. These systems reside in the lower parts of the brain and evoke feelings whose basic, most elemental purpose is to tell us when something is good for our survival...

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How to Adjust To and Train An Adopted Pet.  (Blog #71)

How to Adjust To and Train An Adopted Pet. (Blog #71)

Have you ever seen your cat get itself into a dangerous physical situation, that you’re sure is going to kill it, but somehow, they make it out okay? There is the myth that cats have 9 lives, because what else explains the perilous things they do, like leaping madly into the air or falling hundreds of feet and still live to meow again.

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How Your Cat Could Go Along on a Bike Ride. (Blog #68)

How Your Cat Could Go Along on a Bike Ride. (Blog #68)

How can cats possibly go along with you when you go hiking, biking, kayaking or even simply to the beach? We are used to dogs always accompanying us in our adventures, but we rarely if ever conceive of the notion that cats can do these things as well.  And for many...

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Do You Have a Story to Tell About Your Pet? (Blog #67)

Do You Have a Story to Tell About Your Pet? (Blog #67)

One of your pet's stories could be heard on the Raising Your Paws Podcast.  I've started a new feature on the show - telling true, funny, scary, crazy or heartwarming stories about dogs and cats from pet parents and owners like you.  And you just might have the...

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A Dog With A Very Unusual Job Description (Blog #64)

A Dog With A Very Unusual Job Description (Blog #64)

NutriSource Pet foods, the company that presents the Raising Your Paws podcast, financially helped the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital add a new full time employee to their staff – a full time facility dog named Rocket.

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Do Dogs Really Smile?

Do you think your dog naturally smiles at you? I've seen what looks like a grin on Rosy's face (my Shetland Sheepdog/German Shepherd mix). See what I mean in  the photo below?Rosy looking like she is having a good dream. But most likely, it's just the way she is lying...

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Helping You Decide What Style of Dog Training to Use.

Look at all these trained dogs!  How did they learn to do that?  Are you ready to start training your newly adopted dog or new puppy or are at your wits end with an out-of-control dog and need to hire a professional trainer? Not sure what style of training to use? In...

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Comfort Dogs To the Emotional Rescue.

Sometimes, it is the silent, gentle presence of a dog - accepting, non-judgmental, simply sitting next to someone,  offering its fur to be touched, that allows a few precious moments of relaxation and relief to someone who is experiencing, anxiety, shock or...

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