Puppy Training Tips

Training a new puppy is a time-consuming hassle, but it’s definitely worth it. Good dogs aren’t just born, they are taught. Before you get a dog, examine your commitment to its training. Dogs and their humans are generally happier when expectations are clear.

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Expect Destruction

Just as babies like to put everything in their mouths, puppies also like to chew, and they have much sharper teeth. Whether you buy certified German Shepherd puppies or adopt mixed breeds of unknown origin, puppies are likely to chew up and possibly destroy whatever they can. Puppy proof your house by providing a safe space such as a crate or utility room where your puppy can be a puppy. Provide lots of chew toys for stimulation.

Keep It Simple

Choose a few simple commands to start with such as sit and no. Dogs are not born with a facility to understand human language (like babies are), so they need lots of practice and reinforcement. Choose small, delicious treats (such as cooked chicken) that you can give liberally when your dog is doing what you want. Avoid crunchy biscuits for training because by the time your pup is finished chewing, he will have forgotten why he got the reward in the first place.

Stop Laughing

It’s difficult not to laugh when your dog is being silly, but if you’re in the middle of a lesson, try not to. Bad behavior is often reinforced accidentally by the mannerisms and behavior of the human companions. For example, if you don’t want your dog to sleep on the sofa when you’re at work, don’t put “his” blanket on it. In your mind, you may be keeping the furniture clear of dog hair. In your dog’s brain, you’ve invited him up.

If you don’t have lots of time to train your pooch, consider enrolling in an obedience class. That way you’re both committed to at least that hour of training every week.

Tips to Care For Your Church Clothes

Church is a place where people feel connected to others that share their faith. The act of going to church is a very social-conscious choice as people that meet together want to mingle, interact, and participate in uplifting events for their children and family as a whole. Part of going to church is also to look your best, so here are some tips on how to care for those church clothes which are used for special occasions such as church.

Proper Fit

Church gowns or clothing that doesn’t fit can lead to all sorts of issues. For example, choir gowns that are too long can get damaged very easily as they can scrape the ground and collect stains and unnecessary wear. Using a custom clerical decor Carteret NJ service is recommended so that you can get the choir gowns altered to fit properly as well as keep them off of the ground to keep them lasting longer.


Church clothing and clerical decor are usually made with very fine fabrics that are not made to withstand common washing machines or dryers. Instead of throwing these in your washer at home, the better thing to do is to take them to the dry cleaners. Dry cleaning is a much safer method of cleaning for fine fabrics as it prolongs the life of the fabric and doesn’t use harsh chemicals to try and keep it clean. 


The way that you store your clothing can make a big difference. For example, making sure to hang suit coats, gowns, etc. on padded hangers can help the articles of clothing to better retain their shape. Folding articles of clothing correctly can help the fabrics to not stretch or deform in storage which helps your garments looking new and fresh anytime you choose to wear them. 

Pregnancy Nutrition – Foods You Need To Eat (And Avoid)

While pregnancy is the most beautiful experience of a woman’s life, we can all agree that it comes with its own set of challenges. There are a number of pregnancy do’s and don’ts that you need to follow. You need to make several lifestyle changes; beginning with quitting excessive coffee & tea and smoking & alcohol. Most importantly, you need to start eating healthier food, as the food that a mother consumes is the primary source of nutrients for the baby, which helps in its growth and development.

Including the right food in your diet is easier said than done as the options are endless. Thus, one of the best ways to figure out what to eat and avoid during pregnancy is to consult your OB/GYN, or another simple way is to follow the below-mentioned pregnancy nutrition checklist.

This checklist provides you with a list of foods that are essential for a healthier pregnancy as well as a list of foods that you should completely avoid. To give you an overview;

List of Foods to Eat

  • Dark Leafy Vegetables: This includes spinach, broccoli, kale etc. Adding dark leafy veggies to your diet is important as it prevents iron-deficiency anaemia and provides you with essential nutrients such as folate, fibre, vitamin C, K and A.
  • Lean Meat and Fish: Lean meat such as lamb, chicken and beef provides minerals & vitamins that aids in the development of the baby’s muscles, nerve and brain. Fish, salmon and sardines, in particular, provides DHA (omega-3 fatty acids) and high-quality protein, which helps in the development of the baby’s brain as well as eyes.
  • Dairy Products and Eggs: Milk, yoghurt, cheese are calcium-rich foods that should be a part of your diet, while eggs are a wholesome food that provides proteins and amino acids as well as other vitamin & minerals that are important during pregnancy.

List of Foods to Avoid

  • Raw Sprouts and Unwashed Veggies and Fruits: Since raw/unwashed veggies, fruits and sprouts can be contaminated with bacteria, it is important to wash/rinse and cook them thoroughly before consuming.
  • Undercooked Meat and Eggs: Likewise, to prevent severe bacterial infections, it is essential to eat only cooked meat/eggs during pregnancy.
  • Processed Foods and Street Food: These are the other types of foods that you should avoid during pregnancy as they may lead to digestive problems and other birth complications.

Check out the infographic below to know more about pregnancy nutrition.