Monthly Archives: February 2019

How to Get Your Home Ready For the Summer Months

As soon as the sun begins to warm things up, people’s thoughts turn to spending time outdoors. If you want your family to be able to enjoy the outdoor space at your house, you may need to make a few improvements so the space is safe and comfortable for everyone. If you have spent previous summers outdoors there is probably already the shell you need to turn your backyard into a great outdoor space. If the space is large enough, you can use it for entertaining.

It will be as if you have expanded your home and added an extra room. Even though you may only be able to use the space for a few months out of the year, it is still a great way to relieve the cramped feeling that a lot of homes get over the years. As people accumulate stuff, your home will eventually feel as if it is not big enough. In addition to the outdoor space being a great way to enjoy summer living, you will want to make sure your indoor rooms are comfortable. There is a good chance there will be at least a few weeks during the summer when it is too hot to enjoy the outdoors. This is exactly when you will need Louisville air conditioning service. If something is not working right, air conditioner installation cost cheaply will make sure you are cool and comfortable all summer long.

Once, the major repairs are done indoors and out, start with making a few small changes in each of your rooms. In the bedroom, you will want to choose lighter sheets in softer colors. If you have been using flannel bedding all winter long, now is the time to pull out the soft cotton bedding. This is sure to keep you cool and allow you to sleep comfortably even on the hottest of nights. In other rooms, use color to cool things off. If you usually have dark, heavy curtains on your windows, swap them out for lighter fabrics that let the long hours of sunshine in all day. You can also change other fabrics like sofa covers and lighter colored pillows. Just by switching a few colors around, you can bring summer indoors.

Once the indoor space is lightened up for summer, move outside and create a great outdoor space. You can add accents to the outdoor space to spruce things up and make it more comfortable. If mosquitoes or bugs are a problem in your area, consider adding citronella candles or torches. If you enjoy the look of fire in your outdoor space, add a fire pit to the area. This is a great way to extend the time you can enjoy the space earlier and later in the season. Even on crisp, cool nights, you can still spend time in your comfortable outdoor space because of the warming glow of the fire. Making your indoor and outdoor spaces comfortable and enjoyable is a wonderful way to enjoy the … Read More

Does Your Dog Bark Too Much? Use My Bark Training Tips to Help Quiet Him Down

I like dogs for the most part, but it aggravates me when the family next door leaves their German Shepherd and Husky out all night to bark and howl at everything they hear. All the noise makes it very difficult to get a good night’s sleep. I don’t understand how it doesn’t bother the owners to listen to it. Does your dog make too much noise? Is he agitating your neighbors also?

Barking dogs themselves are not the problem. The problem is where, when, and how long the dog barks. Dogs typically bark because they’ve been created this way. A baby cries, a dog barks – this is how they communicate. We humans can’t relate. We don’t understand a dog’s language, and because we don’t, we want them to shut up when we feel they’re supposed to.

There’s a reason dogs bark. They bark when they’re happy, but also when they’re scared and bored. They cry when expressing aggression or to tell us to open the door because they have to tinkle. This is a usual barking. Excessive barking usually arises from a failure to communicate with the dog correctly. For example:

We want our dogs to warn us of intruders, but hate for them to bark at strangers while on walks.

We like them to bark when showing their affection towards us when we return home, but we don’t want them to cry when guests come through that same door.

We confuse them. So how can we all get along? Through the use of three simple training tools, we can combat the mad barking a dog does. I’ll refer to these tools as Train Your Barking Dog 101.

A positive trainer doesn’t try to stop the dog barking, but figures out where, when, why and how long the dog barks. The trainer then uses one or more of the following means to combat excessive barking:

1. Remove or block the thing that causes barking from the dog’s view. This can be done with baby gates, crates, or tethers (a rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place). Because you’re blocking the trigger, you additionally minimize the barking – out of sight, out of mind.

2. Through the use of operant conditioning (the use of consequences to modify the occurrence and form of behavior), the dog is taught a substitute or different action/behavior. For instance, if your dog barks typically when your mail carrier appears, you’ll show the dog to run under his bed, grab a toy, or lie down. This also alleviates barking.

3. Somewhat different is counter conditioning. Through the use of counter conditioning, you try to change the way the dog feels about whatever is triggering the barking. Using the mail carrier example, with this type of training, you reward the dog with a treat each time the mail carrier appears. The dog stops barking because he knows he will get paid when the mail carrier arrives thus taking a liking when the mail … Read More