If you have a dog and want to train it to follow basic commands, you may want to consider training it. You can easily train your dog yourself. Doing so will result in a better behaved pet and a better companion. Susan Taylor enjoys training her dogs herself and has these tips for anyone who wishes to train their own dog as well.

Patience
It takes a lot of time and patience to train a dog. You will need to repeat yourself many times and your dog will not respond at first. If you are patient and stick with it you will see results. Your dog will also respond better if you don’t lose your patience.
Firmness

You need to be firm when you are training your dog and giving commands. Make sure you are not so firm that you scare your dog but firm enough that he understands that you mean what you say. Use a strong tone and hand gestures if necessary.

Rewards
Dogs respond well to rewards and this could make training them easier. Whether you decide to reward them with love and attention for a job well done or want to give them treats, when your dogs is rewarded for doing a trick or command, he will likely do it quicker the next time.

Training your dog will make it a better pet and allow you to take him more places. Even a few basic commands can make a big difference and give you more command over your dog. If you can’t train your dog yourself consider hiring a dog trainer.

Susan Taylor has always loved Bearded Collies and she has spent a lot of time raising and caring for them. She has some tips for grooming your Bearded Collie and helping him to look his best.

Combing

It is important to comb your Beardie’s hair to remove the rats and tangles. This will make it easier to clean the dog and style the hair. Brush the hair away from the dog at first and then towards the dog’s body to remove all of the tangles.

Bathing

Your dog’s hair will be much more manageable if it is clean. Shampoo the hair and rinse before adding conditioner. The conditioner will help soften the hair and make it easier to manage. Rinse thoroughly before combing through the hair again.

Grooming your Beardie’s hair yourself can be more affordable and more convenient, but if you aren’t sure you have mastered your technique, you may want to take your dog to a professional. There are many groomers who may also be willing to come to your home to groom your dog.

If you are looking for a friend for life, you may want to adopt or buy a dog. A dog will be a loyal companion and can bring you happiness and prevent you from feeling lonely. There are many reasons you should own a dog. Susan Taylor says these are some of the best.

Companionship
If you are not in a relationship or do not have children, you may be living on your own. This can get lonely after a while and you may be seeking companionship. A dog can provide companionship and will be a loyal friend. As long as you care for your dog, he will stay by your side.

Responsibility
If you have never had to take care of anyone but yourself, a dog can teach you some responsibility. A dog needs to be fed, bathed, played with, talked to, loved and given medical care. Owning a dog is a big responsibility but the love you get back is worth the effort.

Opportunities
Having a dog can open up a lot of opportunities. Your dog can help you meet people, give you a reason to go to new places and improve your mood so that you are more likely to experience new things.

There are many reasons people decide to become dog owners. Until you become a dog owner yourself, you may never really understand all the reasons people decide to become pet owners. If you think you are ready to give a dog a home, visit a local shelter or rescue. Remember, dogs take a lot of time and care.

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Do you have a smart and beautiful dog that needs to be in dog shows? Dog shows are popular all around the world, and if you and your dog have what it takes, you could be dog show winners. Before you start showing, consider these tips from Susan Taylor that can improve your chances of winning.

Socialize Your Dog

Your dog should be used to people, other dogs and a lot of noises and distractions. Concentration is key at a dog show and in order to avoid distractions you need to make sure your dog can stay focused and is not scared or even fazed by people, other dogs, bright lights, strange places and loud noises.

Train Your Dog

Your dog has to do a lot of things during a show and will need to know most commands. Taking an untrained dog to a dog show just because you think it looks good is a big mistake.

Clean the Dog

A judge wants to see a clean dog that is well-groomed and properly cared for. Make sure you not only bathe your dog but also take it to a groomer to have its hair done. Dogs with proper grooming stand a much better chance at winning.

If you want to show your dog at a dog show you need to take the time to research the show requirements and watch other dog shows to see how other dogs and owners act during the show.

Education is one of the most important aspects of many people’s young lives. It is often forgotten that to get the job you want, the correct amount of education is required. If you avoid education in favor of working your way up from the bottom, you will gain valuable experience. However, you will also be passed up by people who took the time to get their education.

Many upper positions in managerial sorts of positions do not even consider people who do not have at least a Bachelor’s Degree. Some positions even have a Master’s Degree as the minimum entry requirement. In such situations, it would be impossible for someone to work their way up the ladder and gain that kind of position.

Education is essential no matter how you look at it. If you wish to excel in your field and do well in a professional environment, education can give you the knowledge and know-how that allows for success. If you are able to get an education from a school that has notoriety, you are in an even better position to succeed. Skills and ideas can be learned to fit you into any particular job, but the idea behind college and upper education is that it teaches you how to learn better.

Susan Taylor is an executive leader in acquisition management with expert knowledge of federal government procurement and contracting policies and procedures. She received her MBA from the New York Institute of Technology in 1988.

Top Three Leadership Skills

Posted: August 13, 2015 in Government
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A leadership position is a very demanding role, and without the right skills, it could get more difficult. If you are being promoted or you have just taken up a new position as a leader of a team, these few tips will help you hone your leadership skills.

Focus on the Larger Picture

As you settle into your leadership role, you must understand how your team’s work affects the productivity and success of the company. Go all out and plan long-term strategies for your team and communicate them to your senior management and your team members. When setting goals, it is important that you set realistic goals and communicate your vision and expectations to your team.

Be Confident

Every leader should know his strengths and weaknesses and work on his weaknesses. Do not be afraid of asking questions or going for a training program. You are not required to know everything, but you are required to be confident. If you are weak in a particular area, you might want to get someone on your team who is strong in that area. Plan for the unexpected and you will not be surprised by anything.

Communication

Every leader should have great communication skills. If you find you lack in communication skills, you might want to take a course in effective communication. Without the ability to communicate properly, you will not be able to lead your team, let alone be successful. The success of your organization depends on its leaders being effective communicators. As a leader, you will have to communicate effectively to your team for them to perform their duties and responsibilities to the satisfaction of your senior management. Communication is a key element for leadership.

Susan Taylor has been in leadership positions for much of her professional career.

How to Walk Your Dog

Posted: July 27, 2015 in Government
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Most people who get a dog as a pet find walking a dog is not as simple as it sounds. Unless, of course, you have trained dogs in the past, you are going to find yourself either being led by the dog or desperately trying to get your dog to walk alongside with you. Here are a couple of tips you can use to train your dog to walk alongside you.

Walking in Front of the Dog

It is important for you to walk in front of the dog. When you do this, you are showing that you are the pack leader and that your dog must follow you. To get this habit started, you should be the first one out the door and not the dog. Train the dog to wait for you to step out first and then to follow. Use a short leash and ensure that your dog walks behind or beside you.

Using a Short Leash

Using a short dog leash will give you more control over the dog. Attaching the strap to the top of the dog’s neck will help you easily communicate, correct and guide your dog. The Pack Leader collar is an excellent tool to use if you need extra help in controlling your dog. Remember to keep the safety of the dog in mind when giving a correction.

Sufficient Time

Just like humans, dogs are diurnal, so morning walks are good for the dog. You will need to set aside at least 30 minutes to an hour to walk your dog. Each dog is different, speak to your vet to see if there are any changes in the dog’s behavior and if you need to do anything else.

Rewarding Your Dog

When walking your dog, it is important to reward the dog by allowing it to sniff around and relieve itself. You will need to decide when this rewarding time is over and start walking the dog again. Rewarding time should always be less than the time you spend walking the dog.

Susan Taylor has participated in breeding and showing Champion Bearded Collies since 2001.