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Greatmats Introduces Dog Agility Training Mats
If there’s a drawback to being a dog-agility enthusiast, it’s that there really isn’t much online information available on the subject. Surf the internet and you’ll find a few sales pitches, a couple magazines, some organizations, but few answers to specific questions.
One of the most important questions you should ask as a dog agility trainer is, “what type of flooring should I use to train my dogs?”
Before we answer that, let’s look at those flooring options that are NOT great for the sport.
1.) Rubber. Perhaps the biggest misconception out there is that rubber (rolled or interlocking tiles) provides some sort of spongy, super surface that provides great traction while also providing comfort for animals and trainers alike. This notion is false. Rubber, while a great surface for protecting floors from heavy equipment like treadmills or weight benches, does not provide much fatigue relief at all. In fact, a rolled rubber floor isn’t much softer than the concrete floor it covers. And while rubber may be easy to clean (usually a damp mop will do the trick) it is NOT waterproof. Also, because most rubber floor products come in black (they are made from recycled tires) they show dirt immediately. In short, rubber has it’s place but that place is generally not in a dog training facility.
2.) Vinyl/Plastic. Another seemingly great choice for flooring your training facility would be vinyl or plastic. It’s waterproof, easy to clean, it looks nice…However, like rubber it is generally an unforgiving surface. Products made of these materials are also often slippery making for a treacherous area for both trainer and dogs. Slippery = no good for training dogs.
3.) Carpet/hardwood. These products get destroyed quickly by animals and are a nightmare to keep clean. Enough said.
Believe it or not, the best flooring for dog agility training is foam. Not just any foam, of course. Kids mats from the local box store will be shredded in no time. However, dense EVA foam that is designed specifically for dog training provides everything you’re looking for for your facility. It is waterproof and easy to keep clean. A high-traction, commercial grade carpet top provides excellent traction and is resistant to dog claws. Superficial scratching and tears will happen, to be sure. But the quality and performance of the floor will remain unaffected for years. Dog Agility mats are simple to install. Puzzle tiles that simply piece together, they require no adhesives. For a wall-to-wall installation, you simply cut them to fit with a sharp utility knife. Also, if one tile gets damaged, you can simply replace it and carry on. Not so easy with a roll of rubber or hardwood floor.
Greatmats provides an easy-to-use online room designer that allows customers to create their room layout to scale and to determine the number of floor tiles they will need for their area by simply typing in the dimensions.
About Greatmats: Headquartered in Milltown, WI, Greatmats is a leading online dealer of residential and commercial specialty flooring options. Greatmats is 100% solar powered and has been named one of Inc magazines top 500 fastest growing sites three years in a row. They hold a Triple-A rating with the Better Business Bureau. For further information, contact Greatmats at 877-822-6622 or visit http://www.greatmats.com.
German Shepherd Dog Training Essentials
The German Shepherd Dog is a very noble breed with excellent working abilities. These dogs are capable of performing long hours of physical exercise without showing signs of extreme exhaustion. They are often used as police dogs, guard dogs, search and rescue dogs and also therapy dogs. The German Shepherd Dog is one of the best examples of a perfect working dog.
The German Shepherd Dog is also one of the most popular family and pet dogs because of its many good properties. Owning a German Shepherd Dog comes along with a great responsibility to train the dog. It is very important that the owner shall at least do basic obedience with their dog. That includes sit and down on command, sit and down stays and loose leash heeling. The recall command is probably the most important command of all for any dog, but even more so with the German Shepherd Dog.
German Shepherds are very strong dogs and you do not want to be dragged around the block when you take it for a walk. You need to be in control. When you have visitors, you do not want your German Shepherd to jump up against your friends. It is essential that you start training your German Shepherd puppy the moment it arrives at your home. From day one you should establish the packing order. Your puppy should not for one moment get the idea that he must fulfil the role of alpha.
Things your German Shepherd puppy should not be allowed: ? Your puppy will be very cute and beautiful, they all are, but he should not be allowed on the bed or on the couch. ? He should not be allowed to play bite any human. If he wants to bite your hand, say “NO” in a growling voice and give him a chewable toy.
The most essential thing you should do with your GSD puppy: ? Your puppy should be well socialized especially the first few months of its life, but preferably for the rest of its life. Take him with you wherever you go. Let him meet other dogs, people and especially children
German Shepherd Dogs are such clever dogs and easily trainable and so willing to please their owners that it is really sad when owners do not train their dogs.
There are so many disciplines in which their dogs can excel for example: ? Obedience ? Tracking ? Protection work ? Agility ? Therapy work (depending on the temperament)
Which method should be used for training the German Shepherd Dog? It is wrongly believed that because the GSD is such a strong dog, that you should use strong and harsh methods to train the dog. Actually it is just the opposite. GSD’s are sensitive dogs and so clever that they learn very fast when you use positive reinforcement methods with lost of treats and praise. Clicker training is ideal for training any dog but also the GSD. You still have to be very firm especially when it is a male dog going through his hormonal phases, but the key is consistency and patience. If properly trained your German Shepherd will be a joy and companion for many years.
MS du Toit has been training dogs for ten years. Please visit her Dog Training Page at http://www.dogtrainingtipsforfree.com
Flexiblize Job Hunting
If you are a job seeker, wage affects you most when taking a job. But sometimes, this priority brings you an unsatisfying job. So this is the time for you to list all your demands including income and the joy of work. You can work with a small pay cut in a flexible schedule. That’s the way many people do to balance their desire and reality.
If you are looking for jobs that have built in flexibility, there are quite a few options. Sometimes delivery jobs allow you flexibility as long as your deliveries are made by the end of the day. You can choose where to eat and who to chat with along your route, and as long as your packages are delivered, everything is fine. Another job that provides flexibility is Nashua property management or Manchester property management. If you are managing several buildings or locations, you will be on the road and in charge of your own time. As long as things continue to run smoothly, your employer will be happy regardless of your schedule.
Another option for flexibility is to speak with a potential or current employer about building flexible time into your schedule. Some companies call this flex time and they are happy to do it because it saves them money. You may still be paid for a full-week of work, but you are in the office less. This may mean working from home or working longer days and having a day off each week. Many offices find they run more efficiently by doing this. They can offer employees the chance to spend more time with their families, and when employees are happier and their quality of life increases, their work quality does so as well. If both the employer and employee can be happy with their situation, it makes for the best productivity for a company.
A final option for finding flexible work is to work the flexibility into your offer before accepting the job. When bargaining with a company for a better package, they may be reluctant to pay you what you are asking, especially during a tough economy. You can push for other perks though and a flexible schedule should be one of them. Flexibility does not cost a company any money, so if you would prefer to work four 10 hour days, there is no reason they should object to that if they want you on their team. You may also be able to ask them for the option of working from home a few times per week.
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German Shepherds first started being developed in the late 19th century by a man named Max von Stephanitz. Stephanitz is still today credited as having fathered the entire German Shepherd breed. An admirer of the German sheep dog of the time, he chose to breed selectively to procure his most desired traits and weed out those that were unnecessary or undesirable. Stephanitz bred his dogs for years, creating the founding root of the German Shepherd breed and eventually become the dog we know today.
When the German Shepherd was brought over to the United States, the breeders in America changed up the bloodlines of the breed by mating it with other types of dog. It is still up for debate whether these breeders aided or damaged the development of the German Shepherd, as American breeders were working towards a show-quality dog while the original German Shepherd was intended primarily for work.
German Shepherds in the United States have coats that are on the shorter side of medium, usually brown and black, tan and black, or cream and black, but not uncommonly producing an all white or all black variety. The truly German variety of the breed has a longer coat which is occasionally (but rarely) seen in the U.S.
German Shepherds were initially developed by Stephanitz as a working breed. To this day, even with the American cross breeding, German Shepherds excel in the work force as hunters, farm dogs, service dogs, narcotics dogs, and law enforcement dogs. German Shepherds are an exceedingly agile, strong, and athletic breed, with a very malleable temperament. They can be trained to work as aggressive guard dogs or be gentle helpers on the farm.
In their native country, the breeding of German Shepherds is so meticulously monitored that a registered shepherd must have had both its sire and damn Shutzhund certified, which means that they have been evaluated for temperament and ability by professionals. Shutzhund certification pays no mind to the size, coat, or general appearance of the dog, which is vastly different from the American variety of canine judging.
The primary visible difference between true German Shepherds and American German Shepherds, besides the length of their coat, is the lack of sloped hips. True German Shepherds have hips level with their shoulders, as the original breed was intended to. American German Shepherds have a distinct slope at the back of the torso into the hips. Sloped hips are argued over by many international breed enthusiasts, being the desired trait for showmanship in America, but also leading to an earlier onset and more significant risk of hip dysplasia.
Whether you are choosing to acquire an American German Shepherd or seeking out a true German Shepherd, you must research your breeder thoroughly. Because of the popularity of this breed and its potential for strength, there are many unethical breeders out there who are trying to turn a quick profit by mating irresponsibly. With proper research, either variety of German Shepherd can provide you with a loyal worker or a loving family pet.
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