Archives for October 30, 2017

Dog Rescue Groups

There are dog rescue groups that specialize in particular breeds; for example, there are malamute rescue groups, German shepherd rescue groups, etc. There are also dog rescue groups that are not dedicated to rescuing any particular breed. These all-breed rescue groups rescue any dog that is being abused by his owner, and they also rescue dogs from overcrowded animal shelters.

Dogs that are rescued, for whatever reason, are taken to dog rescue centers, where they are first calmed down by caring staff members, fed, and given fresh, clean water. Once the dog has been calmed and is feeling better, the dog is bathed, and any minor cuts and scrapes that the dog might have are treated. The dog is also examined for internal and external parasites (worms and fleas) and correct medications and treatments are started.

During the entire process of the dog being cleaned, examined, and treated, dog rescue volunteers are constantly talking to the dog, petting the dog and providing comfort to the dog. Once the dog is deemed healthy, he then moves on to foster care.

For many dogs, the dog rescue center is the first place where they have ever had a decent meal or ever been petted. The care that the dogs receive is very likely the first act of kindness that they have ever witnessed, much less had directed at them.

The foster families that take rescued dogs are carefully screened. Foster families are very special people. They are accustomed to taking in unwanted and abused animals and socializing them. Before rescue dogs are put up for adoption, they are trained and know how to be part of a human family.

Dog rescue groups provide a much-needed service. Most all of them get the funds needed to rescue and care for abused and thrown-away dogs from donations made by people who care about the welfare of dogs.

Source by Milos Pesic

Choosing The Right Dog Breed

There are a number of things to consider when looking for a dog. First, spend some time researching different breeds that are available, and get to know the breed characteristics and requirements so that you can find a dog that fits your lifestyle. This is a really important point because it’s easy to fall in love with a puppy – but what happens when that puppy is an energetic, 80 pound youngster bounding around your house? The majority of dogs who are in rescue programs are there because the dog’s temperament and requirements don’t match the owner’s lifestyle – not because they are bad dogs in any way. And if behavioral problems do occur, they are often due to the same reason, that the dog’s basic needs are not being met (and perhaps also a lack of basic dog training). Talk to dog owners, read about breeds you are interested in, and talk to breeders. Visit dog parks and observe dogs with their owners and talk to them about their dogs. Do you want a dog you can train easily? Go jogging with? One that gets along with children or other pets? One that will guard your home? One you can keep happily in a small apartment? One you can carry with you in a handbag?

One good source for basic breed information and breeder listings in the American Kennel Club or AKC website. If you are adopting a dog, find out about her temperament from the owners or foster caregivers. If she’s a mixed breed and you know the breed of either the sire or dam, or both, research their breed characteristics. Check the American Canine Hybrid Club if you are interested in a recognized hybrid dog that you can register. This site contains photos of all the recognized hybrid dogs with links to information on the characteristics for each breed that makes the hybrid.

The second point to consider is whether you can commit to raising a puppy, which requires more energy and attention than adopting a dog such as a rescue dog. If you are interested in a purebred puppy, bear in mind that you may have to wait for litters to be born and you might be waitlisted for a pup. If you are looking for an immediate companion, there are rescue or adoption programs for almost every recognized breed – and of course there are many fine cross-bred dogs available.

Finally, make sure you are prepared to give your dog the attention he or she needs – regular exercise, playtime, nutritious food, regular grooming, and a loving environment. Make sure you educate yourself on the breeds you choose so you know what to expect, and know you can make a commitment to giving your puppy or dog a good life, and have your life enriched by your canine companion!

I highly recommend staying away from “puppy mill” dogs. This kind of breeding facility is often impersonal and the health and genetic soundness of puppy mill dogs is often circumspect. A reputable breeder knows the genetic weaknesses of the breed and does his or her best to breed out those weaknesses, whereas puppy mills breed for quantity instead of quality. A reputable breeder or kennel will also have fewer breeding dams, will not over breed their dams, and give their dogs and their pups lots of attention so they are well socialized when they come home with you. Serious breeders will be able to give you information on the lineage of the dogs and allow you to spend time with the sire and dam (if both dogs are available) as well as the pups before you are ready to take your puppy home. By staying away from puppy mill puppies you are in effect withdrawing your support from breeding programs that are often inhumane, unhealthy, and basically unintelligent.

Once you’ve found your puppy, depending on the breed and the breeder, you can expect to take him home between 8-12 weeks, though sometimes as early as six weeks. No decent breeder will separate a puppy from his dam and littermates before 6 weeks, and many people consider 8-12 weeks the minimum release age. Although this timeline is considered optimal for every aspect of the puppy’s development, his physical health is probably the most obvious reason because puppies are not born with an immune system – instead they receive antibodies from the mother’s blood in utero and from her milk after birth. These antibodies are active for only a short period of time, however, and vaccines against common puppy diseases need to be given in the first few weeks of life. Your breeder will give you the puppy’s vaccination history and you should go over this with your vet to determine the right immunization schedule going forward, and what other immunizations your puppy might need.

Source by Sebastian Schepis

Golden Retrievers – Choosing the Breed of Dog That’s Right For You

When choosing a dog, it’s important to choose the breed that’s right for you. In order to do that, you need to know the characteristics and temperament of the breed you’re thinking about adopting or purchasing before you do so. The Golden Retriever is just one breed among many from which to choose.

The Golden Retriever was first developed in the British Isles, probably from crosses between the yellow flat-coated retriever, light-coated Tweed water spaniels, other spaniels, setters and even the Newfoundland and possibly the Bloodhound. It was predominantly bred for hunting and made a fine bird dog, both on land and in the water. It has not only been used for hunting and tracking but also for narcotics detection, as a guide dog for the blind, therapy dog and service dog for the disabled. The Golden is one of the world’s foremost family companion dogs.

The Golden Retriever has an average height of 20 to 24 inches and an average weight of 55 to 80 pounds. It is beautiful, sturdy and well proportioned. The coat is feathered, medium length and cream to golden in color. The outer coat is water repellant while the undercoat is dense. The tail is long but never curled. The Golden’s nose is black, and the eyes are brown with dark rims. The ears are pendant and medium sized. This breed is an average shedder.

Golden Retrievers are usually lovable, sweet, loyal, confident, well mannered and eager to please. They are patient and gentle with children. They are intelligent, easily trained and excel in obedience competitions. They can learn up to roughly 240 commands, words and phrases. They make an outstanding family dog and are very attached to their owners and enjoy pleasing them. They are friendly, even towards strangers and other dogs, with very little guarding instincts, however, do make good watchdogs and will loudly signal a stranger’s approach. These dogs love to swim and love to work, with the ability to focus on a given task, and will work until collapse. Goldens may become mischievous and/or high strung if not properly exercised. They may become anxious or distressed if left alone in a room. Golden Retrievers make excellent surrogate mothers to different species. Some of their talents include hunting, tracking, retrieving, narcotics detection, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks.

Health concerns include hip dysplasia and congenital eye defects. Skin allergies are common and require immediate veterinary attention. Parents should be checked for Von Willebrand’s disease and heart problems.

The Golden Retriever is prone to obesity without exercise. They require a daily brisk walk, jog or run. They like to retrieve balls and other toys. They need to be exercised well to avoid hyperactivity.

Grooming for this breed of dog is easy and consists of combing and brushing at least once a week with a firm-bristle brush, paying particular attention to the dense undercoat. Daily grooming is required during heavy shedding. They should be dry shampooed regularly but bathed only when necessary. The ears should be cleaned regularly or ear infections may occur.

Golden Retrievers do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors but do best with at least a medium to large yard.

This breed of dog is lovable, friendly, well mannered, easy to train, good with children and makes a great family dog but requires regular grooming and daily exercise and may be too active for the elderly. If you’re able to provide sufficient exercise and regular grooming, then perhaps a Golden Retriever is the right breed of dog for you.

Source by Anita Funkhouser

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Where to Find Free Anger Management Advice

Trying to fight anger-related issues by yourself or just within the family may be a tedious task. It can create a stressful environment for you, adding fuel to your already existing anger issues. Anger, often makes you reckless and sometimes even violent. Anger may be a natural human emotion but relationships, families, careers and personal peace get affected because of uncontrolled anger. However, there are lot anger management programs available for people who suffer from behavioural crisis owning to uncontrolled anger. Good anger management advice is available in plenty and for no cost.

The first important thing to achieve is to realize that you need help for your anger. Once that has happened, you might consult your doctor to get information about free anger management advice. Usually, government and medical concerns exist in every area which employs trained experts to help people deal with their anger problems. You can try getting an appointment with such a concern, if not then you can even get in touch with a local social worker who can give you details about anger management groups providing free advice on anger management.

For a school kid, there should be counsellors who would provide free advice on anger management. If the problem is more serious than normal cases than the parents may be contacted and they can take the child to more professional experts who deal with anger management groups, camps and one-to-one therapy.

It is possible that you come across advice for anger management in a   magazine  you have picked up or a journal or any publication for that matter. Since this a prevailing issue in today’s societies, it is discussed widely. These publications would often hold questions by people who have faced various problems arising from anger and answers by expert therapists. You may be able to relate to some of the problems and find the answer to your crisis.

The best possible source for free anger management advice is, undoubtedly, the internet. There are numerous sites and blogs focused on anger issues and ways to control and overcome it. These sites give you advice on how to calm yourself, cope with your anger, tricks and techniques. These sites are free and easy to find. Some of them are even targeted for special groups like children, adults, couples, families etc.

If you are facing problems with anger, all you need to do is look for advices through these sources. Following these advices will not only help you control your anger but also regain control over your life. But one thing that is vital here is that you need patience and diligence. Simply reading the advice would not help. You need to sincerely implement these and bring about changes in your behaviour. It is only then that you can fully utilize the great wealth of free anger management advice and techniques available to you.

Source by Tony Dosanjh

Rolling Stocks

Rolling stocks have a very clear and identifiable historical pattern, they are stocks that roll up and down in repeated waves like a roller coaster. These rolls may become predictable.

If you look at the chart of a rolling stock you can draw a line across the peak and along the bottom. The area between these two lines is called the channel. The upper line is commonly referred to as the resistance level and the lower line is referred to as the support level. It is in this area that you will want to buy and sell your stock. Selling your stocks is the key. When investing in the stock market, it is not when you buy that counts, it’s when you sell. You should know when you are going to sell your stock before you even buy them. Knowing when you are going to sell before you buy the stocks helps eliminate the emotional factors of fear or greed that sometimes push or pull us. As you become more familiar with rolling stocks the nervousness of being an investor will subside.

Here is an example of how one could have profited using this concept. Forget about commission amounts since they vary depending on who you use. And keep in mind that a Good ‘Til Canceled order ( GTC ) is an order that instructs the broker that the order shall remain in effect until it is filled (either bought or sold at a predetermined price) or canceled by you.

Let’s take a look at WEIDER NUTRITION INTL’A’ ( WNI ). If you have ever lifted weights or picked up a body building   magazine , you would be familiar with this company which has been around over 40 years (although it has not traded publicly all of those years).

Over a period of 6 months you could have bought and sold shares of this rolling stock on 4 different occasions. Each time you bought and sold this stock you would have taken in a profit of at least .50 per share. A support level of $3.25 and a resistance level of $4.10 had been established. A good entry point was at $3.50 while a good exit price would have been at $4.00. You were not going to be buying at the lowest possible price or selling at the highest point. Why? When you buy into a roller, you will always want to insure that the price has reached the lowest level and has now begun its move back up. You cannot determine the absolute bottom until you see it going back up. The same holds true for the high point but you have already addressed this by knowing when you were going to sell the stock prior to even buying it.

Now suppose you purchased $2,000 worth of WNI @ $3.50 per share on 12/31/99. You would have owned 571 shares. After that you would have immediately put in your GTC order to sell @ $4 per share. On 01/11/00 the stock price hit $4 and your GTC would have triggered the sale of your 571 shares for a .50 profit per share.

You would then multiply the profit you made on each share of .50 cents by 571 to see that you made $285.50 on the transaction. If you divide the $285.50 into the original $2000 initial investment total, you made a 14% return in only 12 days.

Source by Larry Potter

Email Marketing and a Focused Conversation

You have an interview scheduled. This means so much to you because you have been without a job for too long. You have a family and whatever money you had saved for emergencies like this is almost at an end.

On the morning of the interview you ready yourself and dress in your best clothes. You sit in the waiting room and pretend to read a   magazine  while you hope you don’t sweat too much. You pretend to be mildly interrupted when your name is called. You lay the  magazine  down and will forget what  magazine  it was.

The person interviewing you has your resume sitting front of them. They invite you to have a seat while they continue to pour over the contents of your file. You feel like screaming, but you manage to hold the stress in as you hear the steady tick of the clock.

“So,” the interviewer begins, “what can you bring to this position that would qualify you more than any other candidate?”

“Well, I like football and playing video games with my kids,” you begin. The interviewer looks confused, but you hurry on, “On Saturdays I like to wash my car, except of course when it rains, which of course it always does in April.”

“But we’re here to talk about the possibility of you working for our firm. Why should we hire you?” the interviewer redirects the question.

“I hate vegetables and my favorite color is blue,” you say with a smile. “Is there anything else you need to know?”

I hope you found this illustration disturbingly strange. It makes no sense for a person who really needs a job to go into the interview and talk about anything other than what the interviewer wants to know. That potential hire will do their best to address every question and answer every concern. Why? They want a job and their words mean something.

Since this is true why do so many email-marketing campaigns follow the same course as our hypothetical interviewee?

Many email marketing campaigns are disjointed and off target. I think sometimes the originator of the message is hoping to develop friendships with potential customers by telling jokes or expressing personal opinions about issues that have little to no relevance to the product they are pitching.

We should take a cue from quality interview preparation techniques.

1) Value other people. No one has to read your email marketing pitch so keep it simple.

2) Stay on target. You are using the email to market a product or business. Don’t stray from that objective.

3) Know who’s in control. The email recipient can easily hit the delete key so work to impress them with the clarity of message and quality of product.

4) Invite feedback. Allow the potential customer to let you know what they think. This may not always be positive, but it does convey that you are interested in a two-sided conversation.

Email marketing can be an effective tool that has the potential of making your product appealing to potential customers – as long as you stay on target.

Source by Scott Lindsay

Clicker Training For Dogs

Dogs and humans have had a close relationship for hundreds of years. For as long as they have been domesticated the challenge of their behavior has been at the forefront of the relationship. From the times when they accompanied Indians to the hunting fields to suburban living rooms today, being able to control our canines has been important.

Many different techniques have been used over the years; harsh discipline was probably the first and was found to instill aggression in many breeds of dogs.

Most recognizable in the past few decades has been treat training; this type of training has dominated the show dog field. This type of training is fine but there may be other options to consider.

Clicker training is a relatively new technique as applied to domestic animals but in truth, it has been used since WW II. During this time, Marian and Keller Breland formed the Animal Behavior Enterprises. They created the first marine mammal training for public exhibit and the Navy. Many great things were accomplished through their program. Sea gulls were trained to carry cameras and could search and locate life rafts and swimmers far off shore.

The same training is becoming more mainstream today. Before you start with clicker training there are a few terms that you might want to know.

Clicker- A toy noisemaker effective in training because the sound is unique, quick and consistent.

Clicker Training- A term coined by Karen Pryor and defined by her as a subset of operant conditioning using positive reinforcement, extinction, negative punishment, and an event marker to modify behavior.

Positive reinforcement- Adding a positive reward when a dog performs the desired action. For example giving the dog a small treat when he sits in order to increase the odds that he will sit on command again.

Extinction- Weakening an animal’s behavior through non-reinforcement.

Negative Punishment- Taking away something the dog wants to discourage an undesirable behavior. For instance, your pet jumps up on you by turning your back or leaving the room you are in effect punishing him.

Event Marker- A signal used to mark desired behavior at the instant it occurs. The clicker is an event marker.

These are a few common terms you would encounter in clicker training however this is not an exhaustive list. You will learn many more as you progress with the training.

What are some advantages to clicker training over other types of training? To begin with, the biggest challenge in dog training is communicating at the precise time the desired behavior occurs. With verbal reinforcement, it can take a moment to get the words out and by the time, you do, the animal may have moved from the desired position into another.

Besides the timing, our voices may vary in tone or inflection and confuse the dog. With a clicker, these are non-issues. Some people are concerned that this will condition the animal to only behave when a clicker is present this has been found to be untrue. In practice the clicker is used to teach new behaviors or fine-tune precise ones, use beyond that is not recommended.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a humane way to train your pet clicker training may be for you.

Source by Ken Charles

The Joy of Toy Pomeranians

Perhaps you are visiting your local animal shelter, looking to adopt a small dog. You stop by one cage because the dog in there couldn’t get much smaller, and it is very cute. The dog has pointed ears, a foxy face, wide dark eyes and a profuse coat. The bark sounds more like a yap and can get high-pitched. Could this be a purebred dog? This very well could be a purebred toy Pomeranian.

Pomeranians are incredibly popular, but this popularity comes at a price. They are often purchased on impulse and then abandoned when reality sets in. You need to know basic Pomeranian information before taking on one of these dogs. They have certain demands that need to be met, but when they are they become a loyal and chipper companion that will be unforgettable. You need to get used to their yappy bark, their shedding and their delicate skeleton.

Toy Pomeranians look like sturdy little sled dogs with a proud head, high curling tail, profuse coat to keep out the bad weather and a blockish body. However, they are far more fragile than their looks suggest. Cats and even Chihuahuas are far more robust than toy Pomeranians. Reliable Pomeranian information books and websites are filled with instances of Pomeranians dying from falling off of a couch or being rolled on by a sleeping owner.

They look utterly charming and tend to stare directly at you, tilting their heads this way and that to show off the full effects of their bright, dark eyes. It takes time, patience and dedication to live with these dogs. In order to keep their fluffy coat clean and tangle-free, it needs to be groomed every day. Their teeth need to be examined and brushed on a daily basis, as their teeth are about the most delicate in the canine kingdom.

Because of the tiny size of the toy Pomeranian, they are difficult to housebreak completely. Males will always lift their legs to mark territory unless you get them neutered. Many toy Pomeranians have been successfully litter trained, more so females than males. Pomeranians know very well to go outside, but their tiny bladders often cannot hold onto the urine long enough for you to let them out. Pomeranians are very intelligent and very trainable.

The amateur dog breeder should never breed Pomeranians, because of their tiny size. They almost always require lap breeding, Caesarian sections and have many other complications due to pregnancy and birth. Males that are not neutered can become aggressive. Since most Pomeranians have health problems with their eyes, skin, heart and skeletons, only the healthiest should ever breed no matter how cute they look. They are better off with quiet adults rather than a family with young children.

Source by Rosie Allan

About Chihuahua Dogs

Chihuahua Dogs Are Not For Everyone

In what seems like a very tiny dog, a personality the size of a Great Dane emerges. For some Chihuahua lovers it’s just another Chi, and others are just learning about this little entertainer. Whether you have had your Chihuahua for several years or you have just taken your very first Chi home, they will be full of surprises that will keep you amused as long as they live. Since Chihuahuas are known to be the longest living dog, he/she will be amusing you for many years to come. There life expectancy is 15 years and they sometimes live into their early twenties.

However, Chihuahuas are not a good breed of choice for everyone. While there are always exceptions, Chihuahua dogs are typically possessive and protective. They tend to be a one person dog. Chihuahuas are not usually patient around children who don’t understand just how fragile they are. Yes, even though they are confident, courageous, fearless, and tough, they are also prone to injuries due to their size. The Chihuahua can be seriously injured or even killed if accidentally stepped on or sat on.

Chihuahuas are dogs that clan. They recognize and accept their own breed but don’t like other breeds of dogs. Chis have been know to attack other much larger dogs It is your responsibility, as an owner, to keep this from happening. A friend of mine lost her dog when another much larger dog attacked him for no apparent reason. Her dog was on a leash walking from her apartment to her car when this took place. She was unaware of the other dog being nearby. We all know our Chihuahuas are much like our children so keep a protective eye on him/her and be aware of what is around you if your Chi is not in your arms or a carrier.

Source by Joanell Hutchinson