Raising Your Paws- Your resource for dog & cat pet parents
Raising Your Paws- Your resource for dog & cat pet parents
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Raising your paws is the go-to resource for both cat and dog pet parents. Each episode will offer you quick tips, practical solutions and insights from leading authors and experts that will help you increase your skills, feel more in control, save time, and give you the confidence to know what to do, in caring for the furry, four-legged members of your family.
081 What Triggers My Dog to Fight with Other Dogs and Stories of People and Pets Rescuing Each Other.
Does your dog ever initiate scrapes or scuffles with another dog? All of a sudden, they are at each other. You may not know what started it, if someone is getting hurt or not, and the human owners watching nearby are screaming, and yelling sometimes louder than the dogs. No injuries may result, but it’s still upsetting when this occurs. Even if we don’t think there was any provocation, there are reasons your dog can become physically assertive or aggressive that we may not understand simply because we do not have canine minds. My dog, Rosy acted out three times in the last few days.   I do know, the two things that trigger her to go on the offensive with other dogs, one is normal adult canine behavior, the other is a weird quirk. I know how to manage them, yet sometimes it gets away from me. This happened recently and I was distressed. I’ll tell you why in my story. If you also have a dog that gets into minor fights with others, let’s talk about it.  Write me at susan@raisingyourpaws.com or you can leave a comment on the episode page, (number 81) on our website or on the Raising Your Paws Facebook page. I’m sure you’ve heard that pet adoptions are at an all-time high during the pandemic of 2020. Besides, the obvious reasons that people bring these animals home, there are other effects that dogs and cats have on us that you may be unaware of, that can profoundly change a person’s life.  An organization, called, Mutual Rescue, shares compelling, true stories through short films and a book that demonstrate that when people adopt animals, their own lives can be dramatically transformed in positive and often unexpected ways. Carol Novello, the founder of Mutual Rescue, a national initiative of Humane Society Silicon Valley and the author of the book, with the same name, is on the show today and will share a few of these engaging stories. Finally, in the last segment, I’ll tell you another Creature Feature, a short amusing true story about animals – this one is about a dog that got in trouble with a librarian. Additional Resources for the show. You can hear the segment about why adult dogs physically correct puppies on Episode 68 here. Mutual Rescue’s website. How to order the book, Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, too” by Carol Novello with Ginny Graves. Source for the story about Wofford the dog. “Amazing But True Dog Tales,” by Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo, compiled by Muriel MacFarlane.
Dec 1
44 min
080 Science Reveals Why and How Dogs Love Us & the Reason Cats Get Zoomies.
I’m starting a new segment, called Creature Feature, remarkable, funny, or heartwarming short tales es about animals. Here’s the first creature feature, “Sometimes, wishes come true in the funniest of ways.” Do you feel like you get unconditional love from your dog? Do you ever wonder why it is that they do love us so much? Science is revealing now, how dogs are positively affected by us.  My guest today, is Dr. Clive Wynne, the director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University and the author of the book, “Dog is Love, Why and How Your Dog Loves You.” He’s here to tell you about some of these fabulous discoveries being made into the minds and hearts of dogs.   Have you ever seen your cat do this? Suddenly it starts running at top speed around the house, a somewhat crazed look on their face, leaping on and off furniture in their path, tearing up and down staircases, dashing around the rooms as if the very devil was chasing them?  This behavior is fairly common for inside cats, and there is a specific reason this happens. I’ll explain what it is and what to do so your cat does not get so crazed at times. Additional Resources for the Show. Dr. Clive Wynne’s at Canine Science Collaboratory. Clive Wynne’s website. How to order “Dog is Love, Why and How Your Dog Loves You” by Clive D.L. Wynne, PhD. Source for the story about cat zoomies: “Why Does My Cat Do That”?  By Catherine Davidson.
Nov 17
36 min
079 Why Dogs Chew Shoes and How to Create A Cat’s Dream Home.
Do you wonder why your dog loves to eat up your shoes and what to do about it if they’ve made a habit out of it? There are three specific reasons dogs chew slippers, high heels and dress shoes and one of them does have to do with the feet you put in that footwear. I’ll explain this and offer a few suggestions for saving the shoes short of giving away your dog. Then, you can greatly improve the daily health of your cat by doing a few things in the home to create their perfect environment. My guest, Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, a board-certified Veterinary Behaviorist, and contributing author to the book, “Decoding Your Cat”, talks about her chapter, “The Feline Dream Home, Creating an Enriched Environment for Your Cat’s Mind and Body.” Did you know that dogs can understand the emotions you show on your face? A study published in 2018, reveals that dogs are capable of understanding the emotions behind the expressions on human faces. The dogs were evaluated for how they turn their heads, how their heart rate changes and what behaviors they showed in response to different expressions on people’s faces. You’ll find out the fascinating results that shows how connected canines are to us, in this episode.   Additional Resources for the Show. Source for the story about dogs and shoes – “The Secret Lives of Dogs” by Jana Murphy and the editors of Pets part of the family. Dr. Kelly Ballantyne’s website: Insight Animal Behavior Services. How to order, “Decoding Your Cat” by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, with the chapter, “The Feline Dream Home, Creating an Enriched Environment for Your Cat’s Mind and Body” by contributing authors, Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB and Amy L. Pike, DVM, DACVB. Source for the story about dogs understanding human expressions – https://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/research-news/all-english-research-news/dogs-understand-what-s-written-all-over-your-face/15835462 The actual study results: Reference: Siniscalchi, M. d'Ingeo, S. Quaranta, A. (2018). Orienting asymmetries and physiological reactivity in dogs' response to human emotional faces, Learning & Behavior DOI: 10.3758/s13420-018-0325-2
Nov 2
38 min
078  How to Know if You’re Overfeeding Your Dog & A Truth About Cats We Overlook.
There is a simple way to tell if you are feeding your dog too much, that is not about how much the dog weighs. Find out what it is. Then, being aware of your cat’s capabilities in this one particular area can make caring and living with your feline, so much easier and better provide for its needs. Pam Johnson – Bennet, a certified cat behavior consultant and author of Cat Wise, Americas Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions, tells you this truth about cats that we tend to overlook. Also, I tell you the story about the first time I called the ASPCA poison control hotline about my dog, Rosy because I thought she had eaten a scent diffuser stick from the bathroom. Hear the story of another time I had to call the hotline when I stupidly and mistakenly fed Rosy a human medicine that’s toxic for dogs in episode 1 – segment 1. Finally, does your dog keep repeating certain behaviors even though you try to stop them? They may be getting encouraged to keep doing them, in ways that you are unaware.   Additional Resources for the Episode. Source for the story about overfeeding your dog – “The Royal Treatment, A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets” by Dr. Barbara Royal. Pam Johnson-Bennet’s Website and ordering her book. ASPCA Poison Control Hotline Phone number – 888-426-4435.
Oct 19
29 min
077  Increase Indoor Cat’s Happiness & The 2020 Way to Figure A Dog’s Age in Human Years.
You and your cats share some of the same core emotions. One of them is called SEEKING which is “the basic impulse to search, investigate and make sense of the environment” A combination of positive emotions – enthusiasm, wanting something really good, looking forward to getting something really good, and curiosity are all involved in this emotional system in the brain. SEEKING emotions feel good and make us and other animals feel happy.  A key to your cat’s overall mental well-being is to activate this positive emotion in them as much as possible. I’ll explain three of the best ways to do this for a cat. Then, a tip from a dog trainer, Emily Stoddard, owner and founder of the Canine Sports Dog Training Company in Chicago, Illinois. The answer to the question, what to do when walking your dog and you come upon another dog you don’t know. Should the dogs meet or not? Plus, how old is your dog in human years? This July, 2020, a study of Labrador Retrievers that revealed a brand new more accurate way to figure out your dog’s age compared to human years was published. It blows the old linear comparison of the 1-7 years ratio out of the water for good.  It even updates some of the more realistic thinking of the past years that placed a one-year old dog as being closer to a 15-year-old than a seven-year-old. But now, there is an actual formula based on scientific research that gives us a graph that can be used to match up the age of your dog with the comparable human age.  You’ll be surprised to hear how old a one-year old dog is in human years. You’ll find the graph on the companion blog (#77) for this episode at www.raisingyourpaws.com. By rating and reviewing this podcast, you can help support the show. Just click the easy new button on our website, labeled, “Rate this podcast”, on the homepage of raisingyourpaws.com. We’d love to get your feedback.   Additional Resources for this show. Source for the story on SEEKING –“Animals Make Us Human” by Temple Grandin. Emily Stoddard’s website - Canine Sports Dog Training. Source for the story about figuring dogs ages in human years  “How Old is Your Dog In Human Years? By Heather Buschman, Phd.
Oct 5
23 min
076 Making Sure Dogs Have Happy Lives & Specialists for Pets Severe Behavior Issues.
Do you wonder if your pet has a happy life overall? You can increase their happiness and mental well-being by addressing the core emotions that both you and your pets share. This means understanding the emotions and creating an environment where your pet’s positive emotions, SEEKING and PLAY get activated as much as possible and the negative ones, FEAR, RAGE and GRIEF, don’t get activated any more than necessary. Through this guideline, your dogs and cats will be much happier and you’ll see fewer behavior problems. In this episode, I’ll tell you about the first positive emotion, SEEKING – how you experience it, and then offer some tips to activate it in your dog. Then, are you dealing with some serious behavior problems with your dog or cat? Not sure what to do or if you need to call in some help?  There are specialists that work with severe behavior issues. Who are they, what do they do and where do you find them?  My guest Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, a board-certified Veterinary Behaviorist and leader of the company, Insight Animal Behavior Services will answer these questions.   Additional Resources for the show. Source for the story about the positive emotion, SEEKING – “Animals Make Us Human” by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. Dr. Kelly Ballantyne’s website – Insight Animal Behavior Services. How to find a Vet Behaviorist: The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. European Board of Veterinary Specialization
Sep 21
40 min
075 From 9-11: A Secret Service Agent’s Tale of Survival and Dogs That Worked Ground Zero.
First, Dan Hughes, a former secret service agent for the United States was reporting to work at one of the towers on 9-11, 2001 when it collapsed. Listen to his story about his experience and survival and how that led him to want to work with dogs. He is currently the co-owner of Dogs for Defense, a company of detection dogs that sniff out drugs and bombs. Then, there were numerous search and rescue dog teams that worked at the World Trade Center on 9- 11. I’ll share a few of the stories of these dog heroes.   Additional Resources for the Episode. Dogs for Defense Website. Source for stories about the search and rescue dogs: Dog Heroes of September, 11th: A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue dogs, by Nona Kilgore Bauer. To see photos of Dan Hughes and the search and recovery dogs spoken about in the podcast, visit https://raisingyourpaws.com/
Sep 8
52 min
074 How to Improve Your Pet’s Mental Health and Help for Pets Fearful of Thunder and Fireworks.
Do you wonder if your pet is happy, overall? There is something you can do to increase their mental welfare and make sure their emotional needs are being met. The key has to do with what you and your pet has in common - the core emotion systems in the brain. I’ll tell you about 5 of the 7 core emotions we share with our dogs and cats and then the guideline to follow. See the companion blog for episode 74 that lists all seven core emotions at www.raisingyourpaws.com. Is your dog or cat afraid of thunderstorms, fireworks or other very loud noises? Do you watch your pet suffer and wish there was something more you could do to help them?  My guest today is Dr. Karolina Westlund, of Animal Behavior Consulting and the author of the blog, Dogs and fireworks (30+ proven techniques to eliminate noise phobia,). We talk about why animals become afraid in the first place and what to do to help your pet, based on the latest research and current best practices. Additional Resources for the Show. One of the sources for the story about the core emotions – “Animals Make Us Human” by Temple Grandin. Dr. Karolina Westlund’s website. Blog’s mentioned on the show:   Blog - Dogs and fireworks (30+ proven techniques to eliminate noise phobia)
Aug 24
45 min
073 Top 3 Things To Know About Dogs & Solving Cat Litter Box Problems.
This is a “Best of Podcast” replay show of pillar episode 2. Get ready to re-count the age of your dog or cat. There is new more accurate information about how to figure out your pet’s age in human years. I’ll explain the new method. Then, there are some basic truths about how your dog sees its world that will help you understand a lot of its behavior.  Jean Donaldson, one of the world’s leading dog trainers, founder of the Academy for Dog Trainers, and author of the book, “The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship between Humans and Domestic Dogs” shares some of her top 10 list of what we know about canines and how we can help to meet their needs. Next, you can switch your pet’s food if you need or want to, without it causing major stool issues.  I’ll tell you the two things you can do to make it easier. And, finally, are you having problems with a cat that is not using its litterbox? If you have multiple cats at home, and there is no medical problem, the issue could be solved by this need-to-know, practical solution.   Additional Resources for this Show. See the charts to figure out your pets age on the blog for this episode. Jean Donaldson’s website: Academy for Dog Trainers. How to order Jean Donaldson’s book The Culture Clash Read about games you can play to burn off your dog’s predatory energy on the blog for this episode.
Aug 11
31 min
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