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Whistle Away Your Anxiety!
Forgive me if I reminisce a little!
The other day I heard a song that I’d not heard for ages. It took me back a few years, I can tell you!
And while I was mentally reliving years gone by, I realised how relevant this song still is to us all today! Some things just never change!
I’m talking about a song called ‘I Whistle a Happy Tune’, written by the brilliant Rodgers & Hammerstein and sung by the British governess Mrs Anna Leonowens in the hit musical ‘The King And I’. The musical was based on the true experiences of Anna and this song explains how she dealt with her private fears when she found herself in new and strange surroundings.
She taught these techniques to her young son – and now I’m explaining them to you!
This is a song that was copyrighted way back in 1951 but, take a look at the lyrics below and you’ll see that it’s aimed well and truly at all of us anxiety sufferers!
See what you think:
Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect,
And whistle a happy tune so no one will suspect I’m afraid.
While shivering in my shoes, I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune and no one ever knows I’m afraid.
The result of this deception is very strange to tell,
For when I fool the people I fear,
I fool myself as well!
I whistle a happy tune and every single time,
The happiness in the tune convinces me that I’m not afraid.
Make believe you’re brave and the trick will take you far.
You may be as brave as you make believe you are!
©Rodgers & Hammerstein 1951
This could have been written especially for you!!
It sums up exactly what I’m always telling anxiety sufferers:
That if you behave as if you are confident (even if you don’t feel it inside) then you’ll trick your brain into believing you really ARE confident.
That your body language is important to the way you feel and how people treat you. Stand tall (‘hold my head erect’) and be counted!
That if you use distraction techniques (the whistling of a tune or such like) you’ll take your mind off any scary thoughts you may be having.
That people can’t always tell you’re feeling anxious even if you’re convinced they can.
That appearances can be deceptive (striking the ‘careless pose’). Look cool and collected and that’s how people will see you.
That positive happy thoughts (‘the happiness in the tune’) can usually override negative ones and help to reduce your anxiety levels.
That always having a ‘little trick’ in reserve (like whistling a happy tune, for example, even if it’s just silently in your head!) is an excellent stand by to have for those times when you need some extra help.
And we all know what a difference any of the above things can make to help you in anxious situations!
Have a think about how you deal with scary situations. Do you have a ‘happy tune’ you can call upon? If not, maybe you might find it helpful. Who knows, maybe you might find that actually it’s THIS song that stays in your head, ready for when you need it most!
Good luck, and happy whistling!
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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.
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Dog Training Basics
The best moment to start to train your puppy is as soon as you get him. It is easier to learn the correct way to do things the first time than to have to untrain unruly habits when you first get him.
The very first thing you will need to do after purchasing your puppy is to take it to your home. The smartest way to carry your dog is by utilizing either a harness that attaches to the seatbelt or to use a medium size carrier . A dog that is not used to to those devices might feel uncomfortable at first, and whine, or show a desire to lay on your lap. This is a dangerous practice and should not be done. Use the dog restraint or car seat in the beginning and your puppy will soon not be uncomfortable with it.
After you reach home, the all-important puppy home training should take shape. Fortunately, for most dog breeds there is definitive instinct to deficate away from where they live. Even the very young of pups will often take a few steps away from its mother before doing its business. Most dogs are creatures of habit so as soon as you arrive home, begin walking the young dog to a place where you want it to pee. Be patient as it walks around and investigates its new environment. After it goes to the bathroom, offer lots of praise for doing the right thing. Eliminating outside can be scarey at first, this is because that is when a puppy is very vulnerable. To a little dog that is used to being inside, the great outdoors can be scarey in the beginning, so try not to be shocked if it runs away. Patiently bring your puppy back to the correct place, and reassure it that you are there for it. Bring it back to the same place often, and give it a moment to sniff around. Once it detects the smell of its last defication, it will feel inspired to repeat its past. Again, please give it plenty of praise and soft touches as you learn more information about dogs
Don’t punish your little dog for making mistakes. That will only cause it afraid of you. Shoving the dog’s face into its feces is a dangerous practice. After it has an accident, clean up the urine, or pick up the feces and take it outdoors, showing the dog where it goes.
While walking your puppy you should use a leash to keep it safe. Using of a choke collar is discouraged, because it causes pain. To teach the dog to walk using a leash, say “Come on”. Then softly bring the puppy along, on your left side. Praise the puppy when he does walks along beside you without you having to pull it. This kind of leash walking should be utilized where there is a decent amount of room around.
When you are walking your puppy in a crowded location, such as an outdoor fair, you will want your puppypet to know “heel”. Say the command and gently move the puppy next to you. Reward the puppy after it listens.
The last command to learn is “stay”, which is useful when your around guests over who are afraid of some dogs. Give the command and then walk off a few feet away. If the dog tries to follow you, put the puppy back to the same spot, state the command again, and walk off a few feet. Begin by staying away for only a few moments, return, and give the puppy praise. Gradually increase the time as the dog learns.
Keep in mind, puppy training should be a good time for both of you, because you’re going to be this dog’s friend. When you are both settled with the basics, you should train your new friend a few tricks. Have fun.
What You Should Know About Dog Training
Are you looking for the best dog training guides? How can you choose what is best for your pet? Do you want to use the dog lead but you don’t know how? First of all you need to know that dog training is much more than a few sessions with an expert; it is a lifestyle that requires time and dedication during the first months of the new puppy and stability throughout the life of your pet.
If you are a dog owner try to avoid the common mistake that most people do: do not consider dog training a small and initial step in your pet’s life because you are most likely to fail. An experienced and savvy professional will tell you that effective training lasts for years and is based on the good communication between the owner and the pet. However, you should follow some basic underlying principles in order to start the long process of training your dog. A solid and effective training should consist of:
Basic obedience orders and commands – how to use dog lead, how to teach your dog to obey you when outside the house and much more.
Performance of tricks ( not related to sport acts, just to tricks that can help your pet learn basic everyday acts)
Performance based on his instincts when needed
The best dog training guides reveal that trainers focus not only on dog training, but also on training the owners; you cannot expect to send your dog to school without actually participating in the entire dog training procedure. Attending the same classes give the owners the chance to understand their pet better and bond with it. Using the dog lead for instance, is something that people learn through classes.
The relationship of the dog with his owner is determined at the beginning of the dog’s life. In addition, participation to the classes ensures consistency in commands and guidance of the dog.
If you are a dog owner try to find not only the dog training guides that suit your dog, but also the ones that suit you and be prepared for a long- term but fun process that involves both you and your pet.
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