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What You Should Know About Adopting a Shy, Frightened Dog

With the number of stray animals in the world and hundreds of thousands of them are put to death each year, it is no wonder humanity has wrapped its arms around rescuing dogs through groups or shelters. It is a way to meet the needs of both the animal, that needs a second chance at life and the companionship people crave. Adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue group is not always a walk through a meadow, it can be hard in helping the animal come to terms with its past and adjust properly. Often time’s people may find their newly adopted dog is shy and even frightened in different scenarios. If this is the case, check out the ideas below to learn how to help your newly adopted pet overcome his or her shyness and develop into the fun-loving pet you know they really are.

Quality Time

The best way to help your new shy dog adjust is to spend some good old-fashioned quality time with your dog. Allow your dog to become comfortable with you and his new surroundings and understand that you are the new alpha dog that will fulfill all of his needs and desires. Spend time on the ground playing with your dog and working on simple obedience commands like “sit” and “stay”.

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If you find that even after time with you, that your dog still shies away from certain people, place or things you may need to help socialize your dog to break through his uncomfortable feelings with those situations.

Socializing

For a dog to be well rounded, it is important that the dog be around to different people, animals and places. This is an important process for all dogs not just the one that is already nervous and shy. That being said, you should introduce your dog to socialization slowly and consistently to help your dog gain more confidence in uncertain situations.

People

If your dog is nervous around strangers or certain types of people (men, women or races) invite someone of that stature to help break the ice, so to speak, and teach your dog that there is nothing to fear. In a confined area, have the person offer a treat while not making eye contact, as that is less intimidating for your dog. You can be in the room, but should not react or try to comfort your dog – as this helper needs to be the main source of comfort and praise for the dog. Any small accomplishment should be rewarded with a treat. Depending on how frightened your dog is, this process may take a few weeks to work, however consistency is the key to accomplishing this socialization.

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If your dog is nervous around other animals or dogs, you may want to enlist the help of a professional, or an very calm and relaxed dog. Like socializing with people, the dogs should be placed in a room with leashes and collars and just be asked to coexist, as the dogs become more confident around each other they should be rewarded and you can begin trying to unleash them. Please note you should never try to socialize a frightened dog that has not had obedience training, as there will be a time when you will need to control your dog by voice only. Again, it is best to leave this scenario to a professional.

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Places

If your dog becomes nervous around new places, it is important to get out with your dog more often. Simply start by taking more walks in your neighborhood. Try new routes and make sure that you are relaxed when walking your dog. As your dog becomes more comfortable in the neighborhood, look into visiting other areas that you can also take your dog for secluded exercise. Eventually, work your dog up to running errands with you and even visiting a local dog park! Again, make sure you reward your dog for small accomplishments – always keep the treats handy.

Patience is Important

Remember to be patient as you work on correcting your dog’s shyness, it is a process and you never know what has happened in your dog’s past that may be causing his extreme caution and uncertainty. It is best to work on your dog’s schedule, read his cues and advance once he has become comfortable to a situation, and most importantly remain persistent in his socialization skills.

A devoted veterinarian, dedicating her professional career to the care of family pets. Susan Wright, DMV is a dog bark collar expert and has authored books focusing on dogs and their care.

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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Animals & Birds

 

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Made for TV: Sharing Spaces

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We all have our favorite sitcom pairs. It could be a loving couple like Doug and Carrie from King of Queens or a pair of office rivals like Dwight and Jim from The Office. At My Move, some of our favorite sitcom pairs just so happen to be roommates. What is it about the roommate dynamic that leads to so much comedy, drama and entertainment?

Almost all of us know what it is like to have a roommate that drives us nuts. Sometimes the roommate that drives us up the wall also happens to be our best friend. Maybe that is why we are so often touched by storylines that involve roommates. Whether you enjoy the sweet story lines of a Golden Girls or a Full House or the outlandish comedy of The Big Bang Theory or Two and a Half Men, there is no shortage of sitcom roommates to enjoy. Who are some of your favorites?

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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Travel & Entertainment

 

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Are you a hoarder?

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Being the child of a hoarder is like living in a nightmare. Your home, the place that is supposed to be your sanctuary away from school and all of the pressures of the outside world is so packed with stuff that you can barely breathe. You can’t find things when you need them, you can’t even cook a meal in your own kitchen. Worst of all, you have to live with the shame of knowing that everyone thinks that your family is disgusting. You can’t bring your friends over to your house and hosting a party is absolutely out of the question.

If you think that one of your parents may be on the verge of a hoarding problem take a look at this new infographic from My Move today. While the information on the infographic is really just for fun, if your parent is actually starting to show a few hoarding tendencies let them know that they can get help before it’s too late.

Do you know someone that may be a hoarder? Get more info at MyMove.com today.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Living

 

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Best Sunglasses for a Pilot

Whether you have been working as a pilot for decades now or have just begun taking lessons on piloting, the decision on what sunglasses to pick up can be challenging and altogether overwhelming due to the sheer number of brands, styles, shapes, colours and finishes that are available in the market. Where does one even begin? The goal of this article is to help you narrow down your search. That said; here are a few factors to keep in mind to help you choose the best sunglasses for you:

1. Choose a pair that you are comfortable with. While there are practical factors to keep in mind when shopping for sunglasses, the most important thing is that you are 100 percent comfortable with the pair that you pick out. Otherwise, you will end up feeling uneasy every time you put on your sunglasses and this could affect the way that you do your job. While shopping online for your sunglasses may seem like the more convenient option, it is ideal to try on the sunglasses before you make a purchase to see if you are comfortable with the fit. You can also get the sunglasses adjusted if necessary.

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2. Veer away from polarised lenses. Polarised lenses come with a wealth of advantages such as filtered glare, enhanced contrast, reduced squinting, higher comfort level, etc. While these benefits are great, they are mostly beneficial for people who spend a lot of time on the water like boaters and fishermen. As a pilot, you are faced every day with panels, gauges and instruments that you may not be able to see as clearly with polarised lenses. They can compromise your ability to see things clearly and obviously you do not want to be caught in this type of situation. That said; stay away from polarised lenses when scouring for the right pair of sunglasses.

3. Go for amber or gray lenses. Many pilots recommend using sunglasses that are gray or amber as they do not alter the colour of any important instruments on the plane plus they do the job of protecting the eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. In other words, they simply make everything appear darker which is what sunglasses primarily should do.

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4. Pick up more than one pair. While both amber and gray lenses work great for sunglasses, you may find that owning two pairs will come in handy. When it gets hazy outside, you can use the gray lenses. On the other hand, if high contrast is what you are looking for, you can pull out the amber lenses. In any case, whether you choose gray, amber or both, make sure that your eyes are not visible when you look in a mirror as this means that the sunglasses are not dark enough to shield your eyes from the glare of the sun.

5. Ask pilots that you know for recommendations. Some of the most popular brands that pilots recommend for sunglasses include Varnet, Serengeti, Ironman and Ray-Ban. These brands of sunglasses have all earned their respective places in the eyewear industry as trustworthy, reliable and durable brands. There are some other brands out there that may not have as much recall but are equally popular with pilots. If you cannot seem to decide what pair to purchase, then ask a pilot or two that you know to recommend a brand or model for you. If they have been doing what they do for quite some time now then you can trust their recommendation as they have personally experienced wearing the sunglasses up in the air.

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Fashion & Lifestyle

 

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6 Tips for Successful Gambling

When done correctly, gambling can be a thrill. Whether you’re betting on the final outcome of a sports game, sitting at a poker table or feeding money into a penny slot machine, gambling money to try and win more money is a risk you’re willing to take. If you’re new to the gambling scene or even if you consider yourself a gambling professional, the following are tips to help ensure you don’t end up with a serious problem.

1. Only gamble what you can afford to lose.

Gambling does not always guarantee a win. If you don’t have money to gamble, then don’t gamble. Never try to increase what you don’t have by gambling away what you do. If you can only afford to gamble $100, make sure you only bring $100 with you. Leave your credit and debit cards at home, and NEVER take out a loan to go gambling.

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2. Only gamble half of what you can afford to lose.

As a safer rule of thumb, take the amount of money you can afford to lose and cut it in half. Now make that new number the amount of money you can afford to lose. For example, if you can afford to gamble $100, instead tell yourself that you can only afford to gamble $50. This way, if you end up losing, you still have $50 to your name. Don’t use this as a safety net to continue gambling, though. Instead put it away for a rainy day.

3. Walk away with winnings.

Though it may be hard to do, if you win at gambling, take your winnings and walk away. Do not continue to gamble your winnings, otherwise you could be left with nothing. It’s always better to walk away a winner and try your hand at gambling another time than to throw away your winnings and walk away a loser.

4. Don’t count your winnings.

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Another great tip for you winnings is to not count them. Place any money you win into your purse, wallet or pocket and only continue to gamble with your original amount. If you end up losing your original amount, walk away. You will now have all of your winnings to use towards something other than gambling, and you won’t have risked it all.

5. Set limits.

Giving yourself limits when gambling can help ensure you don’t overdo it. For example, if you are starting to gamble with $100, set a limit for when you’re down half, which in this case would be $50. If you end up losing and you only have $50 left, quit. If you’re winning, you can adjust your limits by half. So for example if you end up winning and you now have $200, cut your winnings in half and set $100 as your new limit for losing.

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6. Be realistic.

You cannot guarantee that you’re going to win when gambling, so don’t walk into a casino with your last dime and expect to become rich. Understand that you’re probably going to lose more than you win, and be able to have control over when to quit.

Gambling can be exciting and fun, but it needs to be kept in control. Excessive gambling is a serious problem and needs to be handled by a professional. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please seek help immediately.

Barry Newman is a writer and marketing expert who works with various Bahamas Island Hotels.  He likes to give advice and help to people on the internet.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Fashion & Lifestyle

 

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Green Roofing For Healthy Cities

The times are certainly changing with regards to where people call home in much of the industrialized world, and one of the biggest trends that government officials have noticed is that, for the first time in over a century, population growth in dense, urban metros is beginning to outstrip that of more spacious, suburban areas that lie outside of the sprawl. The reasons for this are probably numerous, but what it effectively means to city planners in many areas is that they’ll have to start making better use of space in places that are already becoming increasingly tightly packed.

One of the most innovative ways this is occurring is through the use of green roofing. This remarkable and beautiful blending of nature with modern engineering takes advantage of underused rooftops in inner cities to create little oases of carefully curated vegetation, and floral beauty. It’s becoming an increasingly popular way of creating places that give people attending social gatherings to experience the serenity of an evening out in the countryside, but without ever truly leaving the concrete jungle that makes up the lion’s share of their daily experiences.

The Making of A Green Roof

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Changing the roofing of an urban high-rise to be “green” is a surprisingly simple procedure, considering the large scale of many skyscraper rooftops. To begin with, a thin membrane that’s impervious to water is used to line the entire roof. This will protect the roof from leaking due to exposure to the irrigation that’s necessary to keep the grass growing. Topsoil is hauled in and used as a foundation for grass seed that can then be planted, and allowed to grow over time. Floral arrangements, and other decorations can, of course, be brought in at the discretion of the owner of the building, and allowed to grow in a similar fashion.

The Key Benefits of A Green Rooftop

While it could be said that all of the benefits of green roofing could be accomplished simply by allowing for space in a city to build a park, this ignores some of the key benefits of having what amounts to a miniature park on a rooftop. The space that a building takes up is space that can never be used for a ground level park, after all. Beautifying the top of the building in this way allows for the elegance of nature to share the same vertical footprint as the building itself, which is simply more efficient that creating space for it horizontally.

Additionally, it allows for a level of privacy that simply isn’t attainable in a traditional park environment. This makes it more suitable for people attending private parties, or even political events to be able to enjoy a piece of the outdoor scenery just above them, and without fear of interruption.

People that step out onto a green roof for the first time often remark about how utterly quiet it is, and how surreal it seems that the noise of the city all around them can seem to fade away into the distance while they’re still able to enjoy the grass beneath their feet as though they were on the ground.

This post is brought to you on behalf of Keating Roofing, roofing Toronto service provider offering energy saving roof solutions to homeowners. http://www.keatingroofing.com/

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Living

 

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Raksha Bandhan Brother and Sister Festival of India

Nothing captures the essence of a relationship between a brother and sister like the wonderful Indian Festival Raksha Bandhan. Raksha means ‘to protect’, and Bandhan means ‘bond’, therefore Rakhi is a bond of protection. Each year on Rakhi day, sister tie a Rakhi or an amulet around their brother’s wrist as a protecting charm. They appeal to God to always protect her brother and bestow all happiness upon them.

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu custom marking the love and affection between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on “Shravan Sud Poornima” every year according to the Hindu calendar. A celebration of bonds between brother and sister, the family holiday of Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) is celebrated in most Indian communities around the world.

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On this auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, sister visit their brother and sometimes brother is invited by sister for Rakhi celebrations. After performing Puja, sister applies a tilak on brothers forehead and performs arti for him. She then ties a Rakhi on her brothers wrist while praying for his long, healthy and happy life. Brother expresses his gratitude to sister for her affection and vow to protect her from all hardships in life. Brother and sister share a sweet and enjoy a harmonious time with rest of the family.

Festival of Raksha Bandhan also calls for celebrations and merriment. Brother pampers their sweet sisters by return gifts for her. This could be some cash or gifts like jewelry, apparel, cosmetics or household gift items. Sisters too depict love for their brothers by showering presents on them. They also prepare brothers favorite dishes. Those staying away from their siblings take help of the courier, postal and online Internet services to let each other know much they care for their brother/sister and wish to be together on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

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Nowadays Rakhis are decorated with soft silky threads of various colours, and also with ornaments, pictures, gold and silver threads etc. These Rakhis enhance the artistry of the people. Within these Rakhis reside sacred feelings and well wishes. It is also a great sacred verse of unity. Acting as a symbol of life’s advancement and a leading messenger of togetherness.

Raksha Bandhan has retained its glory and sacred sensation in modern times too. Brothers and sisters wherever they may be make it a point to celebrate the occasion together. If they are far away, rakhi and gifts are sent through mail or online gifting sites. And even today, the meaning of custom remains beautifully intact.

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Rakhi festival reminds us the pure love between brother and sister. It also reminds every brother to protect & take care of his sister in every situation, where she needs help. Raksha Bandhan has been and always will be an occasion to cherish and strengthen the beautiful bond shared by brother and sister.

Raksha Bandhan if taken in true sense has a much broader perspective; the festival encompasses true sense of peace and brotherhood. In a world full of crisis and strife, these kind of rituals hold the key to peaceful existence. The auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan can be used as a potent tool for social change, which could ultimately envelop everyone in a permanent bond of love.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Family and Personal

 

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