Bringing a Puppy Home – How To Alleviate Her Fears

Once you’ve made your choice, the next most exciting step is bringing your puppy home. Everyone is happy and animated – except the puppy. Well, not all of them. Some puppies are more tentative and withdrawn than others.

When you consider what the puppy is going through, it’s understandable that she would be nervous around these strangers on her first day home.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help ease your puppy’s introduction into her new family.

  • Let her get accustomed to the surroundings first, especially her sleeping quarters.
  • Minimize the number of people she meets in the first few days. A swarm of humans can be a scary situation for a puppy who has just left her parents and siblings.
  • Make sure her bed is warm and away from drafts. A blanket over the crate is always a good idea as it acts like a cave or den where she can feel safe.
  • Give her something cuddly to snuggle up to, a soft toy is better than hard ones.
  • Turn on the radio to keep her company her first night alone.
  • Provide a quiet, safe place to eat that is not in a high traffic area.

She is likely to feel nervous when she is away from you or her safe areas. This is especially true when she meets other people and pets. Her first instinct will be to cry and/or try to hide. You can help her here.

Allow her to nestle up to you when she shows fear. In her pack, she would have hidden under her mother’s body for protection. Squat down on the floor and let her back in to you.

The biggest thing to watch here is that you do not make her dependent on you in this way. She will grow to become timid and afraid if she is never allowed to venture out alone. Use this method only for the first few days until she gets a sense of her new surroundings and everything in it.

A puppy is naturally curious and will gradually make her way into the outside world. It is important that you allow her to do that. You do not want to end up with a fearful dog. Such a dog can become aggressive.

It’s much better if she learns to socialize with all types of people and animals. If you begin early, she will be less trouble when meeting other dogs on her walks.

Another thing to consider is training, which should begin right away. Start using training expressions from the moment she comes home. Stick to the basics: sit, come, here, no, outside. She’ll soon learn them and what they mean and this early introduction will give her a good start to her advanced training in a month or so.

It pays to be prepared so that bringing a puppy home is as smooth and pleasant an experience as it can be for you and the puppy.

Home Based Business Ideas For Women

In today’s economic climate of global recession it is tough to find a job and it’s especially tough when you want to go back to work after starting a family. When we see the words ‘Home Based Businesses’ many of us are skeptical, and rightly so- with all of the scams and fly-by-night get rich schemes it can be disheartening to really find something out there that works, that’s similar to jobs you have before starting a family. This can be especially so when you have small children, which is why it’s important to separate true home based business ideas from ones that do not work.

There are several ways to find true home based businesses that work for women, but there are a few that are easy to learn and ones you can implement immediately. Here are 3 simple tips for Home Based Business ideas for women:

1) Mindset. When you find a home based business idea for women, and it looks like a solid business and professional opportunity, go for it. You have to believe you can pursue a professional business from home as well as raise children. So, take action and believe you can. But, once time goes by and the buzz of ‘something new’ wears off, make sure you don’t put it to the side and never do anything with it. Over 90% of people give up on new business ventures, especially online from home. Stick with it, and give it all that you’ve got (within the time and energy you have available for working.) If the home based business idea works, it’ll work for you with the right mindset and effort. If not, don’t be discouraged, there are plenty of more opportunities for women to find business ideas online.

2) Verify and Vet. When you come across a work from home idea, verify the opportunity and vet those involved in it. Google search the company name, and the names of those involved. Google search the company name and the word ‘scam.’ (But don’t forget to verify and vet those who claim ‘scam’ too, they could just be a few sour apples.) Find out if people are actually happy with the company or service. Also, it’s always a good sign if those involved in the opportunity update and communicate often. It doesn’t have to be direct communication; it can be something like a blog, email, tweets, Facebook posts, newsletter, or forum post. Also verify if they have good customer support and your questions and concerns are dealt with in a timely manner. The more legitimate online opportunities will have more positive reviews than bad, and more available contact and support.

3) Resources. Discover all the various resources available to you in your field. Search in your field for business tips and strategies, forums and blogs to connect with others, and listings and directories to advance your goal. You can also find available opportunity for work by searching. The internet is a resource and you have to mine it.

There you have it! Three simple tips that will help you find your opportunity to work from home on the internet. Keep your eyes alert for home based business opportunity, make sure the opportunity checks out and isn’t a scam, get involved and stay focused, and you’ll see success in your endeavors. You can work from home and make a living while raising a family, so get started today.

Modular Homes – The Green Way to Go

With the home building industry leaning more and more towards the “Green” movement I would like to put my 2 cents worth in about a building system that I think is an excellent example of “Green Building”

Modular Homes

Below are some of the reasons you may want to consider when deciding on whether or not you want to build with this system.

Warranty

Many manufacturers of modular homes offer extensive warranties against structural defects. Many longer than the standard industry of only one year.

Multiple Inspections

Modular Homes are built to conform to the Uniform Dwelling Code, and comply with Local requirements of the state and county to which they’ll be delivered – just like other homes being “stick built” anywhere in the state. Modular Homes however, have a distinct advantage of being inspected many times before you ever take occupancy.

The first inspection occurs with the production supervisor on the production line. The second inspection is performed in accordance with an independent Third Party Inspector at the manufacturer’s facility. Lastly, the local building inspector in your own municipality inspects the home. “Stick built” homes are only inspected once, on site, by the local building authority.

Faster Completion

Modular homes can be built faster because most of the work – including most plumbing and electrical work is completed at the factory.

The wallboard, cabinets, doors, windows and bath fixtures are in place when the home arrives at your site. That means savings of time once the house is set on your foundation. There are fewer contractors to manage, fewer people to complete the work, and faster completion.

Dollars are saved.

Scheduling is simplified.

And ultimately only the plumber, electrician, carpenter crew and HVAC contractor need to perform any site work once the house is set.

Interest Savings – Time is Money

With a construction loan, as with any mortgage loan, the first payments are predominantly interest. A typical construction loan for a “stick built” home can be 6 to 12 months long.

Now imagine how many dollars can be saved if the time of construction is cut in half! You can save thousands of dollars in interest because modular homes can be completed in as few as 45 days from the time the house is set on the foundation.

Reduced Moisture – Less Mold or Mildew

Because modular homes are built in a climate-controlled environment, there is less moisture, no rain or weather to delay construction, and less dampness. Mold and mildew have little opportunity to grow in your new home. For sensitive families, this means you’ll have a healthier, more allergy resistant home.

Durability – Built To Travel

Modular Homes are generally transported several hundred miles from the factory to the final construction site. With that in mind, the Modular Home manufacturer designs durability into every home during construction, to insure that the house can withstand the rigors of transportation.

That includes use of not just one, but typically two rim joists, engineered flooring systems, sub floors that are glued and nailed, tongue and groove sub floors for more stable floors, exterior sheathing is glued and nailed, thicker 5/8″ gypsum wall board is used on all ceilings, interior walls are 16″ on center (not 24″ on center like others), top and bottom plates of exterior walls and studs are 2×6 lumber.

Additional straps and bracing are used during transport to further insure a high quality product is delivered to the construction site. The home is sturdier, stronger and more durable than a comparable “stick built” home.

Economy – Less Waste Of Materials

Drive past any construction site, and you’ll see a dumpster filled to overflowing with scraps of wallboard, lumber, siding and roofing materials. The homeowner pays for those items – and they are all thrown away.

With modular homes, there is less material waste, because the lumber that is cut off during the construction of one house, can be used during the construction of the next house coming down the production line.

That results in savings to you, the homeowner.