Monday, April 23, 2018

3 Incredible tricks you can use to teach a dog how to potty

Puppy potty training is one of the most important and hardest trainings you need to perform with your dog. While there are numerous tricks you can teach a dog, only a handful of them have any purpose. Some people like to train their dog to do practically everything; in most cases this is unnecessary and can even be considered a waste of time. However, it is completely different when it comes to pottying.

As the basic hygienic training, this is something that needs to be prioritized over everything else. In the end, you cannot allow a dog to potty on your carpet. Because of this fact this will probably be the first thing you teach your puppy. It is something that is crucial and will stay with it forever.

Loving touch

Like with any other training, you have to be patient. Proper pottying isn’t something that occurs over night; it is a process of trials and errors and it will take a while until dog understands it is not acceptable to potty at home.

The first and most important thing to have in mind is that every training needs to be done with lots of love. This situation is no different. Dog shouldn’t be forced to do anything. Instead, you need to persuade it with love and treats. If you use violence or god forbid physical violence, dog will become scared of you, it will not understand the point of the training and ultimately, it may even jeopardize your relationship.

Instead of scolding a puppy it is much better if you do things with love. Try communicating and take your time.

Creating a proper situation

Lots of times, training can be performed by putting a dog in a proper situation.

What do I mean by this? Well, if a dog needs to potty and you’re already outside, you’ve done half of the work required. In a way you are the one that needs to set up the tone and lead a dog, not the other way around.

Make sure to predict dog’s needs and act according to them. It’s much more natural for a dog to relive itself outside than inside so make sure to put it in a right position so it can follow its natural instinct. Have in mind that small puppies have small bladders and act according to their instincts. They won’t have the discipline to hold it in. That being said, make sure that you don’t excite the dog as this is a recipe for disaster.

If you wish to build discipline within your pet, you can put it in its box prior to pottying. As dogs will try not to soil their bed, they will hold it in for as long as possible. However, this strategy has a time limit.

Creating habits

Initially, it is crucial to create a situation. Later on, you need to create habits and build up discipline. You need to go out each day at the same time. This will ensure that dog’s metabolism gets accustomed to pottying at the same time.

The same thing goes with meals. Make sure they are exactly the same in size and given during the same time of the day. By doing this it will be much easier to predict dog’s bowel movements and “program” its metabolism. Eventually, dog will start waking you up and coming to you when it needs to potty instead of other way around.

Conclusion


Even though potty training can get a bit messy, it is one of numerous things that you will do with your puppy. It might not be an ideal situation but it is a part of growing up together. It also sets up the field for all other trainings, it builds up your relationships and in a way, it will be an important part of dog’s life.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

So, About That H&M Monkey Ad...

So, while this blog was on an 18 month-ish hiatus, a lotta shit's happened. We have a new President. Rappers now are judged solely by how many bright colors they have in their hairstyle. 7 footers in the NBA routinely pull and pop 3 pointers. It snowed in Charleston, SC. For Christmas.[1]

One thing that hasn't changed is racism. America's Original Sin[2] still persists, and it shows up in some of the most unlikely places. Plenty of people were rightfully enraged earlier this week when an a photo on the H&M website went viral, showing a little black boy wearing a hoodie with the words "The Coolest Monkey In The Jungle". People questioned why a multinational apparel company would do something so utterly dumb in 2018. Where the black folks in the room were, assuming there were any when this decision made, and why they didn't say anything. But one question was most pervasive... "Where in the hell were this boy's parents?"

Turns out, the boy's mom doesn't have any issue with the image, and thinks everyone outraged is "crying wolf".
The mother of a black child featured in a photo shoot slammed as racist has said that those outraged by the image of her son are “crying wolf,” according to reports.

Swedish clothing giant H&M was forced to issue repeated apologies after the page for a hoodie available in Europe featured an image of the boy with the words “coolest monkey in the jungle” on his chest. Social media users took note that a white child in a similar hoodie was a “survival expert” and decried the company as insensitive to the history of “monkey” being used as a slur against black people.

“Stop crying wolf all the time, unnecessary issue here ......... get over it,” a woman who said she was the mother of the boy claimed in Facebook messages published on social media.

She said that she was at the shoot and that everyone is entitled to have an opinion about it, but that outrage was “not my way of thinking.”

The comments were reported by multiple news outlets, though the woman connected to the account, who lives in Sweden, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily News.

After originally sending the News a terse apology saying that they were sorry if people took offense to the image, H&M has stopped selling the hoodie and said it will do “everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening again in the future.”
This entire story has me conflicted in a million different ways.

First and foremost, I love H&M. It's trendy, good quality clothing at great prices. A solid percentage of my wardrobe is from there. I'm wearing a damn H&M hoodie right now as I type this. So when black folks were calling for widespread boycotts of a clothing store most have never even visited, I was like "nah breh, I'm good."

On the flipside, there's no doubt that the imagery was bad, especially given the long history of the use of the word "monkey" in derogatory manner here in the US. I wouldn't put my kids in that hoodie, regardless of how awesome a sale price it would be offered at.

That said, this mother doesn't live in the US. She's Swedish (yes, for those who don't know, there ARE black people in Sweden. I've been there, I've seen them firsthand. They aren't in large numbers, but they exist). Perhaps the phrase "monkey" doesn't carry the same connotation there, or maybe it does and this mom doesn't feel offended by it. The way that people jumped on this story and talked about the child model in paternalistic phrases like "Young King" as if this child was somehow an orphan who stumbled into a photo shoot and was exploited by Evil Yakubians rubbed me the wrong way. As a parent with kids who have done such work, I know that's seldom the case. There's always a parent or guardian present, and those parents do have a say so in how their children's images are being used. This mom had to issue, and in the grand scheme of things, her opinion should matter more than anyone else's.

Should H&M have been a bit smarter? Sure. Would black people in the room (or God forbid a focus group) have maybe given them some valuable insight? Probably. But ultimately, there's one person (two if his Dad, who wasn't mentioned, is around) who's responsible here.

Question: Was this mother wrong? Do you get her rationale? Are you happy the blog is back?

[1] Maybe it was slightly before/after, but still, IT SNOWED ON THE BATTERY!

[2] Is the Original Sin slavery, or racism? I forget. It's been a minute.

Monday, December 11, 2017

What Are The Different Types Of Driving Under The Influence Charges In Queens?

Getting your first DUI is one of the scariest things that you will ever encounter. Fighting a DUI charge is not easy. New York has some of the harshest penalties of any state for driving while intoxicated. There are various types of DUI charges that a person can be charged with.

If you are found driving while intoxicated in New York, it is possible for the jurisdiction to suspend your license, put you in jail and impose stiff fines. New York defines driving while intoxicated by doing a Blood Alcohol Concentration Test (or BAC). There are different types of DWI classifications depending on what type of motor vehicle you are driving:

The different types of BAC levels are:

● 0.08% for those who are over the age of 21
● 0.04% if you are driving a commercial vehicle
● 0.02% if you are under the age of 21

Additional alcohol and drug crimes

Depending on the BAC test results you might face other criminal charges, such as:

● DWAI/Alcohol is the term that is used when you are driving while ability impaired and are under the influence of alcohol
● DWAI/Drugs is the term that is used when you are driving while ability impaired not by alcohol but by some other drug
● DWAI/Combination is the term that is used when you are driving while ability impaired by both drugs and alcohol
● Aggravated DWI (A-DWI) is the term that is used when you are being charged with aggravated driving, and you have a BAC of 0.18% or more

Penalties that can be imposed for excessive alcohol concentrations or the combination of drugs are related to criminal prosecution. If you refuse to submit to a test for chemicals or you break the “Zero Tolerance Law,” then you can face harsher criminal charges.

The type of DWI that you are charged with depends on many factors, including:

● Your age
● The substance that you took which impaired you (alcohol, drugs or the combination of both)
● What type of driver’s license you hold (special license like a CDL, or just a regular passenger license)
● If you were willing to submit to a drug or chemical test

DWI for those who are under the age of 21

If you are less than 21 years of age and you are found with anything higher than a 0.02% BAC, then you have already broken what New York calls the “Zero Tolerance Law.”

If it is your first offense then you might face:

● A suspended license for six months
● A $125 civil penalty
● A $100 fee to have your suspension terminated
● Mandatory enrollment into the New York Drinking Driver Program and all the costs that are associated with the program
● The potential to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle and all the costs surrounding installation and use

If it is your second offense, then you might face:

● A revoked license for an entire year (or until you turn 21)
● A $125 civil penalty
● A $100 termination of suspended license fee
● Mandatory enrollment in the New York Drinking Driver Program and all the costs that are associated with the program
● The potential to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle and all the costs surrounding installation and use

DWI Penalties for those who are over 21

If it is your first offense:

● Your license suspected for 90 days
● A $300-500 fine
● A minimum of $250 annual assessment fine, which totals over $750 in fines over a three-year period, which is a part of New York’s Driver Responsibility Program
● Up to 15 days in jail
● Mandatory enrollment in the New York Drinking Driver Program and all the costs that are associated with the program

If it is your second offense:

If you receive a second DWI charge within five years of your first offense, you might be subjected to:

● Having your license revoked for up to six months
● A $500-700 fine
● A minimum of $250 annual assessment fine, which totals over $750 in fines over a three-year period, which is a part of New York’s Driver Responsibility Program
● Up to 30 days in jail
● Mandatory enrollment in the New York Drinking Driver Program and all the costs that are associated with the program

There are many different classifications for drinking and driving in Queens. If you are being charged with any type of DWI offense, it is imperative to have a queens dui lawyer on your side to try to minimize your charges or have them dismissed altogether.