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How To Train Your Dog To Heel Off The Leash

How To Train Your Dog To Heel Off The Leash

How To Train Your Dog To Heel Off The Leash

By: Peter Roberts

Important - When you take the leash off, remember the following:
Your dog should not run off, with you chasing vainly behind, yelling for Fido to come back.

Yes, if you want Fido to free heal, you must have your dog trained to heal on the leash first.

This is how you need to start:
Take your dog off it's leash
Walk in a straight line. (Angling into your dog will cause her to heel wide.)
Walk briskly! Don't walk at the pace of your dog.
Don't wave your hands about - hold your LEFT hand close to your body!
Make sure you always give the first command in a happy tone of voice.(Your dog needs to know that you are happy - don't try to teach your dog anything if you are in a bad mood.)
Change your voice to a commanding tone or call your dog's name sharply if they don't keep up to your walking pace or if they amble away.
AFTER the second command, gently pat your side and give praise.(Give praise at every opportunity)
If forging (Fido tries to get ahead of you) is your problem, or if your dog attempts to dart off, you must stand still! Signal back with your left hand and repeat the heel command forcefully, then pat your side coaxingly.

Remember, training your dog is not unlike training your child to behave in a way society expects. Give them rules and bounderies. Be firm about what is right and what is not. Praise whenever you have an opportunity, That is, whenever you dog performs as asked.

When your dog is doing a good job of learning, give it the commendation it deserves! Praise it while it is actually learning and performing well.

If the dog you are training is large, make sure you carry the leash folded twice, with the snap end in your RIGHT hand. If the dog fails to pay attention, call her name loudly or reach out and "spank" her playfully on the hindquarters with the end of the leash. You should then coax your dog close by patting your side. (Never hit hard or in such a way that you cause you dog pain. Just the LIGHT spank is all that's needed)

If all attempts to keep your dog at heel position fail, it's time to put the leash back on, give it ONE good jerk to bring the dog in close, and try again. The change in voice, followed by flattery, with the occasional use of the leash, should eventually teach your dog to stay at your side at all times. Especially if you make the heeling fun!

 

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Building a Strong Business Relationship

Building a Strong Business Relationship

Building a Strong Business Relationship

By: Jay Conners

When it comes to business and sales, building a strong relationship is critical. The stronger your relationship is with your customer, the more likely they will be to refer you business.

Every day, make an attempt to build on the relationships you have with your customer. Don't just say hi as they walk in and goodbye as they leave.

The last thing you want to do is make your customer feel like a statistic.

Let them know that their business with you is appreciated. Talk to them, strike up a non-business conversation with them. It could involve just about anything, such as the weather, sports, a movie, pets, etc.

Non-business conversation puts your customer at ease and gets them talking. The more they talk to you, the more they will open up to you, opening the door for more sales opportunities.

Or, you can keep it simple. For starters, get to know you customers by name, than address them by name. Say things such as, "how's it going today?" Or "how was your weekend?" Or "is there anything I can help you with today?" Make your presence known and felt.

Your customer wants to be appreciated, so take a few minutes of your time to show them that you care about them as a customer.

Another way to strengthen your relationship with your customer is to keep a Rolodex handy with a list of all of your customers birthday's, anniversaries, and special events. Keep your eyes and ears open for when customers talk about up coming events in their lives. Such as children's birthdays and graduations.

When the appropriate date approaches, send your customer a card, wether it is a holiday card, a birthday card, a graduation card, or a congratulatory card. Just send it.

Your customers will appreciate the fact that you remembered them on their special day. This will only strengthen the relationship you already have with them.

There are many reasons to build a strong relationship with your customer, but two of the reasons remain to be key.

One main reason is that customers value and appreciate good customer service. They want the piece of mind of knowing that if something ever happened with their product or service, that they would have you to turn to as their go to person.

This is extremely important because your customer will have this in mind when your competition moves in to take them away.

And believe me, your competition will try to take them away. As long as you provide excellent customer service, your customer will stick with you.

There is no substitute for excellent customer service.

Customer service is the most important thing to a customer, even more important than fees'.

The second reason building relationships are so important is because of the referral process.

A customer that is treated with respect and provided excellent customer service will most assuredly refer their family and friends to you. Why wouldn't they?

Your most important asset is your customer, so build and strengthen the foundations you have with them. Buy building strong relationships, you will be building your sales. Good luck.

 

Author Bio
Jay Conners has more than fifteen years of experience in the banking and Mortgage Industry, He is the owner of www.jconners.com, a mortgage resource site, he is also the owner of http://www.callprospect.com, a mortgage lead company.

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge

by

Joseph

 

Okay, it's been a long time since I've written a challenge article. I'm doing it this time because I want to see how far I can go with my barbell floor press. 

I focus primarily on body weight exercises so my push ups (straight, incline, decline, closed fist, etc.) are all very good. This helps translate strength for powerlifting exercises like the bench press. My last bench press was 265 and that was four years ago. But now I'm getting back to benching again, but my current gym is set up such that Olympic bars are fixed on smith machines. I thought to myself that I can do better than that. Just get rid of the bench altogether and go for the floor press. So here I am.

My goal is to reach a personal record (PR) of 400 pounds by December 15, 2017. I just pulled that number and date out of my proverbial hat. I'm committing myself to it by putting it in print.

Therefore, I'm going to present a weekly log of my floor press exercises so that you can read how well I'm progressing.

I started floor pressing two weeks ago and quickly went from 135 x 10 x 1 to 185 x 10 x 1 (weights x reps x sets). Then I did 205 x 6 x 4 then 215 x 6 x 3.  From there I just decided to add more weight, and did 230 x 6 x 3 and 235 x 4 x 6. 

Tomorrow I plan to do 250 x 5 x 3. I will do one warm up set, then straight to 250 pounds x 5 reps x 3 sets. I'll keep you posted.

By the way, this is with my legs fully extended, relying solely on my chest, shoulders, and triceps. If I were to bend my knees during each rep, it would take much of the weight off my upper body and distribute it to my legs for drive. I'm focused on this being a complete upper body exercise.

 

How do I perform the barbell floor press?

I position my chest under the bar. Using a medium-wide grip, I lift the bar so that my arms are fully extended. Then I lower the bar until my triceps touch the floor. I pause for one second before explosively pressing the weight upward until my arms are fully extended. Then I lower the bar toward my chest again. That's one rep. I repeat this process until I complete five reps. I take about 3 minutes then do the whole thing again. 

 I'll keep you posted on my progress.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14 

 

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What's Your Excuse for Not Being Successful in Life?

What's Your Excuse for Not Being Successful in Life?

What's Your Excuse for Not Being Successful in Life?

By: David Neese

Excuses! Excuses! When we fail to do something we are expected to do, we almost always have an excuse for it. However, if we analyze it closely, an excuse is a self-destructive alibi for having failed to do something, especially when it involves attaining a goal. Instead of trying to persevere in finding ways to continue achieving a goal, some of us resort to excuses.

Even a handicap cannot be used as an excuse. Many handicapped but determined people have become achievers and champions. Instead of using a handicap as an excuse, let us turn it into an asset. Let us explore this further.

A handicap need not be a reason for failure. On the contrary, a handicap can be a reason for success. People with a handicap always have an offsetting strength that allows them to overcome problems better than others.

A person with a handicap has one obsession - to lead a normal life. Depending on the handicap, a person would prefer to be as independent as possible. So he struggles and finds ways to overcome his impediment. When he is able to achieve his goal, this raises his self-esteem. In turn, he inspires others.

Everybody has handicaps in varying forms and degree. That is why; it requires effort and determination to overcome them. Handicaps can either be physical, financial, or emotional. And they can either be real or imagined.

Whenever we look at a handicap, we almost always look on the negative side only. It's about time we take a look at the positive side of it. The positive side may be the difficult side, but it's the one worth looking into. It's the side that is going to lead us to excel in life.

If you think your handicap is physical, like having a weak body, you can counteract this through proper diet and training exercises. As long as the physical parts of your body are intact and mobile, there's no reason why you cannot make it strong and useful. Why? Even those without a leg (for example) can be made to walk or run normally. With the advancement of science, artificial legs can help a handicap function with great mobility.

It your handicap is financial, then the more reason you have to rise above your present status. And if your financial status limits your educational attainment to improve your life, the school is not the only place to learn. Certainly, there are help centers to get you started even from zero level. Once you are initially warmed up with the basics of an education, the rest is up to you. Make use of libraries. Once you are educationally equipped, use your brain and come up with creative ideas to improve your life.

If you are emotionally disturbed with negative thoughts, it is like you are sitting on a chair with wobbling legs. Try sitting on a chair with sturdy legs; meaning, look at the bright, positive side of life. Put aside negativity and start thinking positively. The only one who can stop you is yourself.

If your handicap is a combination of any of the physical, financial, or emotional type, congratulations. You should strive more to overcome them, because a double layer of perseverance results to more than double the achievement. Where the odds are greater, the prize gets much bigger. After all the efforts you have exerted, the prize of success shall be a well-deserved one.

So what's your excuse for not being successful?

 

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David Neese is a real estate investor, hard money lender, small business owner, ecommerce marketer, writer, motivator, father and athlete. David offers a free Ecourse on quick start strategies for getting started in real estate investing that is delivered via email and tele-clinic at: www.freerealestateinvestingcourses.com and you can find more information about David at: www.digitalsuccesscoach.com.

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Should You Buy Toddler Size Furniture

Should You Buy Toddler Size Furniture

Should You Buy Toddler Size Furniture

By: Bob Benson

Your baby has grown into a full-fledged toddler and is ready for a "big girl" or "big boy" bed. Have you seen the latest toddler furniture? It's cute! But you really don't have to spend a lot to make your toddler comfortable in his or her bedroom.

Your first decision will be whether to buy a toddler bed. The toddler bed is a piece of furniture sized just right for babies who are too big for their crib. Most use the mattress from the crib, however, so they are not actually that much bigger in size. Toddler beds just get the child accustomed to sleeping without rails all around and is low enough that if the child rolls out, he won't get hurt.

Has your child grown quickly? If so, you might think about skipping the toddler bed as furniture and buy a twin size bed instead. You can purchase rails made of cloth and plastic that do a fine job of keeping the child in the bed and allowing him more room for movement. If you are looking to save money, this is one way to do it. By buying a twin bed you've eliminated the often expensive toddler size furniture that will only have to be upgraded later.

Should you buy a toddler size dresser? Again, the toddler furniture is precious, but do you expect your two or three year old to always put away his socks, underwear or t-shirts? The purchase of toddler size furniture is less about function and more about how absolutely adorable it is. Unless you just have money to blow, invest in furniture that will last the child (or someone else in the family later if it doesn't match his room any more) for a lifetime. If you buy a six drawer dresser now you can still insist your toddler help put his things away by putting items like socks, shirts and under clothes in the lower drawers. Since the furniture will be heavier, help open and close the drawers for him to avoid smashing his little fingers.

When considering furniture for a toddler's room remember to keep special needs in mind. Some children have allergic reactions to compressed woods, or the glues used to hold them together. If you have just bought new furniture that seems to have a loud smell and your child develops allergy symptoms, let your doctor know. It may help pin down the allergy culprit without undergoing a lot of tests.

Use the money you save by not buying toddler furniture to change the décor in your child's room often. A toddler who likes Big Bird one day may be crazy over princesses or Thomas the Tank Engine another day. Use standard colors that match the furniture you've selected and you can change themes of the room as often as your child changes favorites. Your toddler's room can still be cute and as unique as his ever changing personality even if you don't sink a lot of money into toddler sized furniture.

 

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Bob Benson is the founder of Furniture online. You can check out our website at www.my-childrens-furniture.info

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What To Cook In A Crock Pot: 3 Mouth-Watering Slow Cooked Dessert Recipes

What To Cook In A Crock Pot: 3 Mouth-Watering Slow Cooked Dessert Recipes

What To Cook In A Crock Pot: 3 Mouth-Watering Slow Cooked Dessert Recipes
By Donna H.

Using a slow cooker is a versatile way of preparing a variety of dishes from appetizer to dessert. Depending on how much time you have to prepare a meal, there are quick recipes as well as several hours worth of cooking time using a crock pot. This time, why not try making sweet and mouth-watering dessert dishes that you and your family can all enjoy? Try these slow cooker dessert recipes now!

Slow Cooked Black Forest Cake

What you need:

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, drained and juice reserved
  • 1/2 cup butter

In a saucepan, melt the butter then heat the reserved pineapple juice. Set aside. Place the crushed pineapple in a slow cooker then top with the cherry pie filling. Add chocolate cake mix to the pot then pour pineapple juice mixture all over it. Cover and cook for 3 hours on low. Spoon the cake into serving bowls and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Crock Pot Warm Apple Tapioca Pudding

What you need:

  • 4 cups sliced apples
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons small pearl tapioca
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, mix together apples, brown sugar, pearl tapioca, cinnamon and salt. Stir well to coat apple with mixture. Transfer to a slow cooker then pour lemon juice and boiling water over the mixture. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high or until apples are tender and mixture has thickened. When ready, stir in raisins before serving. Serve warm.

Slow Cooker Sweet Banana Delight

What you need:

  • 4 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix together brown sugar, rum, butter, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir to combine ingredients well. Place banana slices in a crock pot. Pour brown sugar mixture all over bananas. Cover and cook for 2 hours on low. Add coconut and walnuts to the pot 30 minutes before cooking time is up. Best served warm over vanilla ice cream.

If you're wondering what to cook in a crock pot, try these mouth-watering slow cooker dessert recipes!

Donna H. is a nutrition expert. Although not professionally, she has dedicated over a decade of her life researching and interviewing licensed nutritionists to gain the knowledge she has today - all for the love of healthy eating and dieting. She is an avid slow cooker and has contributed countless of recipes to countless popular websites.

Check out helpful tips and tricks as well as easy and delicious slow cooker recipes when using a crock pot.

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How to Dispose of an Old Fridge

How to Dispose of an Old Fridge

How to Dispose of an Old Fridge

The term 'hazardous' does not always mean that such waste is immediately toxic, though some can be. By improving the way in which we manage all wastes classified as hazardous we reduce the risk they might pose now and in the future.

Many domestic waste items can put human health or the environment at risk. Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) has historically represented less than 1 percent of the household waste stream. We need to ensure that all these materials are treated or disposed of correctly. The range of waste recognised as hazardous has increased, and this adds to the challenges facing Durham County Council and other organisations collecting household hazardous waste.

The Hazardous Waste Regulations, which came into effect in July 2005, define further categories of waste as hazardous (eg fridges and freezers containing ozone-depleting substances, fluorescent lighting tubes and televisions and computer monitors containing cathode ray tubes).

Hazardous Household Waste also includes many paints and other coatings, garden chemicals, petcare products, motoring products, household chemicals and electrical appliances - ie, Fridges.

There has been a change in the law as to how you can dispose of your Fridge/Freezer. All ozone-depleting substances (ODS), including CFC's, must be removed from refrigeration equipment before it is scrapped or recycled. This includes the ODS in the cooling system of your appliance and the insulating foam inside the walls and door. In plain English, Fridges contain hazardous gas, and therefore need special disposal.

Some local councils can really mess people around with collection times, force them to wait up to 3 months, or even (believe it or not) ask an OAP to "place your old fridge outside your front door"!

As a householder, you have a few options when it comes to disposing of your old fridge:

* Ask Your Retailer to take away it away. (that is when you have a new fridge delivered)

* Some retailers have decided not to continue to collect your old fridge or freezer when your new one is delivered, due to the cost. If the retailer that you purchased your new appliance from is unable to take away your old appliance you can take it to a Civic Amenity Site.

* Rubbish Clearance companies can be extremely useful to anyone who has ever tried to dispose of household junk. Unlike small unknown man and van outfits, you know the hazardous waste is going to end up being disposed properly!

To properly dispose of an old fridge, the gas in the fridge needs to be "collected" to prevent it from escaping into the atmosphere. This may cost a little more, but it's worth it:
* It's environmentally friendly
* It's safe
* It's convenient - there's no need to wait around for a skip...
* You won't be fined by your council.
With rubbish clearance services, generallym you choose a date and time. WTheye come to your house and collect the fridge! That's it! All done without the hassle of skip hire.

Fridges and freezers have been subject to the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Regulations (2037/2000/EC) since January 2002. All waste refrigeration appliances containing ODS (eg CFCs and HCFCs) must be sent to specialist reprocessors. Most refrigerators reaching the waste stream in the UK are between 10 and 15 years old, and are therefore likely to contain ODS. Units manufactured after 1994 are unlikely to contain CFCs.

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Dog Training and Your Relationship With Your Dog

Dog Training and Your Relationship With Your Dog

Dog Training and Your Relationship With Your Dog

By: Melissa Buhmeyer

My best friend is incredible! She's one of those rare types who hangs on every word you say. She's content to be quiet when I need stillness, even though she's one of those high-drive types. All I have to do is call and she's there in an instant, no matter what she was doing before. She puts me ahead of all her other friends, never fails to make me feel special, and is a redhead just like me. But she's not a person, even though she's sure she is. She is a butterfly dog; a Papillon.

When I brought this eight-week-old bundle of joy home, I didn't know what to call her. I'm not very good at naming anything, so I usually just observe for a couple of weeks and let the animal name itself by its personality. This puppy's name became evident in nothing flat: Tazzie. She whirled around the house, jumping up on furniture five times her size, zooming and zipping and totally charming me. She was, indeed, a Tasmanian devil pup. I quickly realized the athleticism of this dog and knew I'd have to find her a "job" when she got a little older. High-drive dogs, that don't have "jobs," will certainly find other outlets for their energy and those outlets aren't usually things you would enjoy!

You already have a burning love for your puppy, but what is your relationship like? Does it come when you call it? Does it sit or lay or stay? From your first class, at your dog training school, your relationship with your dog begins to change. I will warn you, however, that anything you want to teach your dog won't come just with a once-a-week class, even if you have the best dog training school in the world. You have to practice with them, just a little bit, every day.

Tazzie was a very food-motivated dog, so the fact that she got food every time she did something right made training a blast for her, all by itself. And this happened every day! Bonus! She made fast friends at her new dog training school, so going to class was fun as well. She got to where she would whine, as soon as we pulled in the parking lot, until I finally got her out of that car.

So now you're taking your dog to classes in a place they love, and you're working with them every day. During that time, you're paying complete attention to them, teaching them to pay complete attention to you, and they get their favorite food as icing on the cake. This does incredible things for the bond between you and your dog. They learn to focus on you, no matter what, and good things will come. They get praised and fed, or praised and allowed to tug on a toy, whichever motivates the dog more, so your relationship can't help but blossom.

Ever since Tazzie and I started training together, she has claimed me as her own. When my other two dogs want to sit on my lap, she'll push them out of the way to get the best spot because, I am her property, as far as she's concerned. I do give the other dogs personal time as well, but I have to put her in a sit/stay or a down/stay so she'll let them come get love.

She is, by far, the one I can trust the most, not only because of her training, but from the bond we gained through the training. She never takes her eyes off of me, since we began at our dog training school, and it serves us well in the agility ring!

If you want to forever alter and solidify the bond you share with your dog, find yourself a good dog training school, for whatever discipline you prefer, and go for it. With a little time, money, and patience, your relationship will become a forever relationship. If you do, your dog will turn out to be your best friend too!

 

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Melissa Buhmeyer has been training for dog agility for two years and competing for one. She is co-founder of http://www.dogtraining-school.com/, a dog training school resource site for aspiring and professional dog trainers.

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Your Customer is Not a Statistic

Your Customer is Not a Statistic

Your Customer is Not a Statistic

By: Jay Conners

Your Customer is Not a Statistic

When a customer walks into your office, you want to make sure they feel welcome, you want to treat your customer as though they are a piece of gold, and not as a statistic.

Have you ever been standing in a line, and when it comes to your turn to be waited on, the sales associate yells out "next?"

Just thinking about that scenario makes me cringe. It is hardly a way to build a relationship with your customer.

I have been working in sales for more than fifteen years, and I have literally had customers tell me that the most important thing to them is to be appreciated and not treated as a statistic.

Keep this in mind the next time you wait on a customer, instead of yelling "next," you can politely say, "may I help you Ms. Jones."

We all have our daily, weekly, and monthly goals that we must meet. And with this pressure applied to our daily work day, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that it is the customer who is the most important thing when it comes to our company's existence. They are the backbone. Without customers, we cease to exist.

Here are a few tips to ensure that your customer is appreciated by you and your company, and not viewed as just another number in line.

1. Address Your Customer by Name
When addressing your customer, make sure you call them by name. This will put your relationship with your customer on a personal level, and customers like to know that they are remembered. It gives them a felling of importance with you, and your company.

2. Don't Hurry Them Out the Door
The last thing the customer wants is to be hurried out the door. Remember. You are running a business, where people are your greatest asset. You are not on an assembly line manufacturing cars, so don't treat your customer as though you are.

When you are finished with your customer's transaction, ask if there is anything else you can do for them, or if they have any questions for you. You could even use this opportunity to ask if you could go over some of your companies products with them, which you feel could benefit them.

The last thing you want to do is get them in and get them out.

3. Discuss Non-Business Topics
There is more beneath the surface of your customers than just the business that they do with you. People love to talk about themselves, such as their family, their job's, their pets, their hobbies, etc.
So ask your customer about one of the topics mentioned above, I guarantee they will be delighted to tell you all about it.

This is also a great way to get to know your customer, and build a strong relationship with them.

A strong business relationship is a great opportunity to obtain all of your customer's business as well as the business of all of their friends and relatives through referrals.

So remember, don't treat your customer like a statistic, treat them as you would treat one of your friends.

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Jay Conners has more than fifteen years of experience in the banking and Mortgage Industry, He is the owner of www.jconners.com, a mortgage resource site.

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Devotion

by

Joseph

You're devoted. You don't let the bad things defeat you. When the bad things knock you over, you get back up again. Stay devoted. Remain undefeated. Dark forces and obstacles can not keep you down; you will make it because God is with you. 

 

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