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raised • train • keep
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  1. There are many issues with moving to a new country.
  2. Do people rats as pets?
  3. Traffic is such a to drive in.
  4. We horses on our farm.
  5. How long did it take you to your dog?
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3 Dogs
Matts explains why his family has a special relationship with dogs.

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raise (dogs)

My family actually raises dogs for helping blind people.

To 'raise' a dog is to have and train a dog from the time they are very young until they are mature.  We also use the term 'raise' to refer to children and helping them grow up. Notice the following:

  1. It is easy to raise your children in the suburbs.
  2. We used to raise chickens a few years ago.

train or training school

Sometimes, they train the dogs in a training school.

To 'train' an animal is to teach it to act the way you want it to.  This can be responding to commands or behaving well.  They teach these things at a training school. Notice the following:

  1. Most people send their dogs to training school.
  2. He trained his dog to roll over.

keep pets

Why do you think people keep pets?

To 'keep' a pet to is have an animal that lives in your house with you that you care for.  Notice the following:

  1. We kept rabbits as pets for a long time.
  2. Would you ever keep a pet snake?

associated with or biggest cost

What would you say is the biggest cost associated with keeping a pet?

The 'biggest cost' of something is the most expensive part of it to maintain.  If a cost is 'associated with" something it is connected to it.  Notice the following:

  1. For most people the biggest cost associated with having a car is the gasoline.
  2. What's the biggest cost associated with having a house?


Cleaning up pee and things like that can be a hassle.

A hassle is a difficult or frustrating task.  Notice the following:

  1. Planning parties can be a big hassle.
  2. Is it a hassle to give me a ride home?