Adopting a Dog For Christmas

  A lot of people want to adopt a pet as a Christmas present for their children. They feel that it will teach the children responsibility. There are over 400 different dog breeds which gives families a lot of choice.
There are big dogs like a Saint Bernard or Spanish Matiff. There are hounds like a beagle or basset hound or small dogs like a yorkshire terrier or shih tzu. Each of these breeds have different needs. Hound dogs that are breed for hunting and retrieving are high energy dogs. These dogs have high energy as they are breed for a purpose. Some dogs like german shepherds were breed for herding. Alaskan huskies were bred to pull sleds and labrador retrievers are a fisherman's helper hauling nets, fetching ropes and retrieving fish from the North Atlantic. Now these dogs are not used for these purposes as much as in the past.
Some people only want to buy a pure breed dog. These animals are more expensive than a mixed breed dog. The family has to determine if their pocket book can afford a pure breed and all of the things that come with dog ownership like a leash, a crate to put the dog in while driving home, food for the dog. If the dog is a puppy then they will need immunization shots.They will also have to be potty trained just like a toddler. There is a lot of work involved in bringing a dog into the family. It works best if everyone in the family has a responsiblity in the daily care of the new family member.
A mixed breed dog means that the dogs parents were of two different breeds. Some say that these dogs are healthier than a pure breed because they have an expanded gene pool. These dogs make great companions.
Another consideration when picking a dog is their grooming needs. Some dogs shed hair and other don't. Like humans certain breeds need to have a haircut. I have a friend who has a shih tzu and I take the dog to the groomers about every 8 weeks. The hair grows over the eyes which makes it difficult for the dog to see. It is recommended to brush a dogs hair daily to avoid matting. This decreases the chance of thrush, scratches and other skin conditions. It helps create a bond between dog and owner. It also reduces a load of external parasites on the skin.
If you dog is not house trained then it is recommended that they be put in a crate to sleep through the night. Once they are trained than they can sleep in their own bed or on your bed with you. If your dog has an accident don't punish them in a manner that they associate their bodily function with something negative. Take them to the area that you want them to use to relieve themselves. Find a safe place for the dog to relieve themselves and they will return to the spot over and over again. When your dog goes outside reward them with a treat or positive physcial contact. Don't be impatient with the process because the dog can sense it and feel stressed. Your dog will want to relieve themselves about 5 to 30 minutes after they eat. It is best to develop a routine in their eating time.
Teach your dog to ask for things in a polite manner by asking them to sit before feeding them. Turn away if they start pawing or barking. It is best to feed the dog in a quite place. Don't feed your dog while you are eating at the table or they will come begging for food every time you eat. Take them for a walk at least twice a day and incorporate other forms of exercise throughout the day. When getting ready to take your dog for a walk have them sit before you put on their leash.
It will take a while for the dog to get used to being in a new place. Give them to adjust and don't yell at them when they do something wrong as it will make them anxious and unsettled. It will be hard for them to be alone by themselves so going out for a brief period, even a walk around the block will get them adjusted to being alone by themselves in the house. Reward them for good behaviour by giving them a treat. If they are chewing on the furniture give them a chewy toy and reward them for chewing on it and not the furniture.
If your dog barks when you have visitors give them a toy to put in their mouth to greet the visitor with instead of barking. Reward your dog for good behaviour like lying down or coming when you ask them to. The reward can be hidden inside of a toy which you give them. Other rewards can be playing a game with their favourite toy, rubbing their belly, interacting with another dog, giving them a meal or letting them sniff grass. Rewarding your dog will motivate him or her to repeat the positive behaviour.
If you ignore bad behaviour from your dog it will eventually stop. It may get worse before it gets better but if you are patient it will get better. If you have to leave the dog in a room by themselves when guests arrive so they don't jump up on the guest. When the guest are settled then bring the dog out on a leash to greet the guests. Step on the leash so that it touches the ground and tightens if the dog is standing and attempts to jump.
The family could attend dog training classes to gain more knowledge on how to work with your dog. You could also read articles from dog trainers to learn how they handle situations. A dog trainer could come to your home for a private session to boost your dogs IQ. They speak to your dog through clapping or short repeated words.
When you want your dog to stay then say the word drawing out the word this way staaaaaaay. When you are trying to calm your dog take the same approach by saying goooood dog. The long drawn out word is calming to your dog. If you change the tone of your voice it helps to get your dogs attention with the change in pitch.
Teach your children to respect the newest member of the family. They should not try to take food away from the dog or pick up food that has fallen on the floor near the dog. They should not ride their bike past the dog as they will want to chase after the child. If a dog has puppies they should be approached with caution as well as unattended dogs in yards, cars and outside a store.
The most important thing is that you and your new pet form a good bond. As the saying goes a dog is man's best friend. They are very loyal to their owners and become great companions.
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Robert and Bethany Jobb
"The Best Is Yet To Come!"

Accentuate The Positive – Whale Done!

I take my daughter to a reading class. While she is with her reading tutor for an hour I also take a book to read. I started to read a book called "Whale Done" written by Ken Blanchard.
In this book Wes a manager at a company decided to attend a show at Sea World. He was amazed at how well the trainers and whales interacted with each other. The whales do lots of acrobatic activities for the audience. He waited until the show was over and then decided to ask a trainer how they can get a 2 ton whale to entertain the audience so well.
Seaworld-Killer-Whale-Show Seaworld-Killer-WhalesThe trainer took him behind the scenes and explained their approach. Of course you cannot reprimand an animal of that size.The trainer said that they accentuate the positive. The trainer explained to Wes that the more you accentuate the negative behaviour the more it will be repeated. If you focuss on what is being done right then it will get done right more often. They develop a friendship with the killer whales. They take the time to understand each whale individually and create the training into a game.
If a whale is not doing what the trainer wants then they redirect the whales attention back to the task at hand or to something that they are good at doing. If the whale does the assigned task then they are rewarded. Sometimes it is with food but other times it is by rubbing their head as they like to be rubbed and touched. The food reward meant that the whale had to be kept hungry to perform well which is not healthy for the animal. Many of us are motivated  by words of encouragement or even a physical contact like the whales as much as financial reward.
If you are taking the redirection approach you need to describe the error or problem as soon as possible, but never putting blame on the person. It may be that you need to take the blame for not making the task clear. A current example in our home was my husband's daily drug regime. He decided that we needed to create a chart to keep track of the three drugs that he takes throughout the day. I created the spreadsheet and my daughters and I were in charge of writing down the time that we gave him each drug. We didn't explain clearly to the girls where to fill in the time. The spreadsheet was set up in six columns because he takes one drug six times a day. We were to go across the page with the times but we did not communicate this to our daughters. They started writing the times down the sheet instead of across. Once my husband noticed their mistake he took ownership of the fact that we hadn't explained to them where to put in the time. He commended them for writing down the time and then explained it needed to go across the page and not down. This is a great example of redirection or Whale Done approach. He went over the task in detail until he knew that they understood where he needed them to put down the time he gave them each drug. He expressed confidence and trust in their ability to do it the right way going forward.
It is more motivating to get a Whale Done. It is amazing how often we don't verbally express our appreciation for someone's efforts. We are quick to criticize someone for not meeting our expectations. I remember a boss I had at one of my jobs said that I was great at coming up with ideas but everyone else had to do the work. I was offended by his comment because I was spending extra hours at the workplace outside of what I was being paid organizing an area that had been under neglect for many years.
I am a systems person so I was putting things together that were the same. For example, there were lots of writing pens of different colours and styles. I put them all together so I could review how many that I had of each. After a few days I had the items that were alike together so I could take stock of how much of each of something I had in inventory. This saved the company money because I would not have to order it if someone in the office or factory needed it. I took great pride in getting the many items that were spread across many shelves condensed into a smaller area with like items together.
Eventually my efforts did get recognized by my boss and his peers. My Whale Done was in a raise in my salary. It felt good as I had been told that there was no money for raises. I asked my bosses's boss how I had gotten a raise when there was no money. His response was that there is always money somewhere that can be accessed if it is deemed important.
It is human nature to look for someone doing something wrong rather than something right. I have caught myself getting irritated with my daughters when they don't do a household chore when asked. There are times I have not given them a timeline on the task so it is my fault when it doesn't get done by a certain time. I know for myself it helps if I write down what I  need to do and check it off when done. We all get so busy with our day to day lives that things get forgotten.
I listened to a webinar where the speaker said to block off your time into segments of 15 minutes. You sit down to do something in that 15 minute period. He even suggested setting a timer that rings at the 15 minute time. He then says to stop and take a 5 minute break. I was thinking that a break wasn't necessary but he explained that you are fresh after a 5 minute break and get more done in your next 15 minutes. To me this is accentuating a postive work habit like the Whale Done relationship approach.
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Robert and Bethany Jobb
Our Motto: "The Best Is Yet To Come!"

A Cure For Bed Head.

In certain parts of the world, people shower at night. They don't want to go to bed dirty which keeps their bed sheets cleaner for longer. In North America, a lot of people shower when they get up in the morning to wake themselves up.
As your life gets more hectic while raising a family or rushing to get to class in the morning it sometimes makes more sense to shower in the evening. In some households there is one bathroom shared between family members which makes it difficult for everyone to shower in the morning with school and work deadlines. If you have a young family it may be easier to shower in the evening when someone is available to watch the baby for you. It is all a matter of people's personal preference and daily schedules.
I find water relaxing so I will take either a bath or shower to help my body relax from a stressful day. If I get my hair wet I have to make sure that it dries completely before my head hits the pillow or I wake up with "bed head". Do you suffer from bed head too? One look in the mirror and I think that I am auditioning for a Friday the 13th movie role.
Bad-Hair-DayThe definition of bed head is a casual hairstyle resulting from failure to comb or arrange the hair after sleep. I am sure that we have all suffered from bed head from time to time. I read that certain types of fabrics, sleep positioning and temperatures can also contribute to waking up with bed head.
During hot humid days my hair will become all frizzy and unmanageable. I have spoken to other women who say that they have the same problem. This too could make me a candidate for a Friday the 13th movie role. It usually requires re-styling throughout the day to make me feel better and look human. My hair will become frizzy if I work around hot water too long too. Frizzy-HairThe other day my husband was watching an episode of the American reality tv show Shark Tank where enterpreneurs pitch the sharks on their business. We like watching the show to see which products the sharks invest in. In this particular episode, Max Valverde, came out of the double doors. His hair was tousled which surprised the sharks. He said that he was the creator of Morninghead. He showed the sharks his product which was a shower cap. Max talked about liking to be active and work-out after a day at work. He would come home, shower and then go to bed. The next morning he would wake up with  "bed head". He would proceed to the sink to wet his hair and restyle it. He said he could never get the hair on the back of this head wet and there was always water everywhere. This lead to the creation of his product Morninghead.
Here is a demonstration of how Morninghead works.
Morninghead-InstructionsMorninghead is a time and water saver for people on the go. You just have to wring the cap and then turn the cap inside out to let it dry until the next use. It is hand or machine washable on the delicate cycle and lasts three months if used every day or six months if used lesss frequently.
You can wet your hair with a towel or facecloth but your hands and arms tend to get wet too. Morninghead holds six times its weight in water without dripping which makes it convenient to use even when you are fully dressed.
You can wet your hair with a spray bottle like they do in hair salons but it only wets the surface of your hair which makes it less effective. When my hair is sprayed at the salon the water drips down the back of my neck and onto my face. If I am wearing makeup the mascara may start to run down my cheeks if it is not waterproof.
Putting your head under the faucet at the sink leaves lots of water around the sink and often times onto the mirror. This just creates more work to clean up the mess after you are done and if you are in a hurry 9 times out of 10 the water stays on the counter until it air dries and leaves spots on your bathroom mirror.
The product is most effective if you hair is less than shoulder length. Women use the product if they have a bob or shorter hair style. Some women with longer hair have used it but say it takes a couple of applications to get the hair wet.
This would make a great gag gift for Christmas or someone's birthday.n One customer bought it for his brother as a birthday gift. He woke up late to work one morning and used it to cure his bed head. He was very impressed with the product. He had to purchase another one for his brother.
For US customers place your order HERE for morninghead.
For Canadian customer place your order HERE for morninghead.
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