Tips to train and communicate with your (or anyone else’s) dog
» Watch your dog’s ears. If their ears are standing up, and their tail is wagging, that usually means: “I’m happy” or “come on, let’s play.” If the ears are pitched back, and the tail is down, that’s a sign of anger, fear or stress. Your dog is thinking: “stay back and leave me alone.”
» Sniffing. Dogs sniff the ground for a lot of reasons. Usually, they’re just exploring an enticing scent, or looking for a place to relieve themselves. However, dogs also sniff the ground when they’re worried, or ill at ease. So if your dog suddenly starts sniffing the ground, take a look around to see what’s in the area. If there’s a bigger dog nearby, or a strange person, that sniffing could be your dog’s way of saying: “I see you. I’m minding my own business here, and I don’t want any trouble.”
» Any unusual panting, yawning or drooling. That’s often a sign of stress. You’ll usually see this when your dog is in an unfamiliar surrounding, when they hear a sudden loud noise, or when they’re left alone at home for the first time.
» Your OWN body language. Dogs are very sensitive to slight changes in humans breathing and behavior. So if they see you pacing around the kitchen because you’re nervous, happy, or angry, they’ll zero in on that – and respond accordingly. On the other hand, if you project a calm demeanor – by sitting comfortably, controlling your breathing, and talking in a steady tone of voice, your dog will be more receptive to your commands.
Man, I must stress my dog out, he yawns a lot! – Justin
How sharp are your food-safety skills? Check them against these guidelines provided by the Partnership for Food Safety Education, a coalition of private groups and public agencies.
Before being cooked, chicken should be rinsed thoroughly under running water and patted dry.
FALSE: Rinsing poultry increases the risk that you’ll splatter salmonella and other contaminants around, outweighing the benefits of washing. Your best bet is to cook it until the meat inside is 165 degrees as measured by a food thermometer.
The best way to make sure a hamburger’s safe to eat is to cook it until the inside meat is brown.
FALSE: Cook ground meat just until a food thermometer says it’s 160 degrees. This will also keep you from overcooking your food.
You should wash cantaloupes and other melons before cutting them.
TRUE — and it’s true for any vegetable with a skin or rind, whether you eat it or not. Your knife blade could carry pathogens into the part you eat.
If you eat something suspicious but haven’t fallen ill after 48 hours, you’re in the clear.
FALSE: Incubation periods for food-borne illnesses range from 12 hours to a week or more; listeria can take up to 70 days.
Cutting boards need to be sanitized in the dishwasher or with chlorine bleach.
TRUE: It’s not necessary every day, but the board should be sanitized. Outside the dishwasher, use soap and hot water, then coat it with a solution of one tablespoon of unscented bleach to one gallon of water. Let it stand a few minutes, then rinse and dab dry with paper towel.
You can make sure sprouts aren’t contaminated by rinsing them thoroughly.
FALSE: The seeds from which sprouts sprout are often contaminated with E. coli or salmonella, and even thorough washing won’t help. People with compromised immune systems in particular should avoid eating raw sprouts.
You shouldn’t ever put hot food in the fridge.
FALSE: If you’re not going to eat it right away, you should divide hot food into small portions in shallow containers and stick them in the fridge. Bacteria multiply at temperatures between 40 and about 140 degrees, and food left in that range for more than about two hours is no longer safe to eat.
Bad news for any kids expecting a big haul this Halloween. The National Retail Federation is out with its spending projections for the holiday, and they’re grim. Total spending for Halloween is expected to drop from $66.54 per family last year to $56.31 this year. The numbers include candy, costumes and decorations. The biggest drop in spending is expected to come at the candy counter, with 46.5% of consumers telling the NRF they’ll be buying fewer sweets. About 35% are going to use last year’s decorations. (At least they’re not using last year’s candy.) One bright spot: Despite the number of consumers buying less candy, only about 5% said they won’t be giving out any treats. So, kids, get out early this year.
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Toyota is recalling 3.8 million Toyotas and Lexuses because floor mats could make the accelerator stick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “strongly recommends taking out removable floor mats on the driver’s side in certain models and not to replace them with any other mat, either from Toyota or any other brand.” The NTSB calls this an “urgent matter”.
The affected models are:
- 2007-2010 Camry
- 2005-2010 Avalon
- 2004-2009 Prius
- 2005-2010 Tacoma
- 2007-2010 Tundra
- 2007-2010 ES 350
- 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS 350
… It’s Toyota’s company’s largest U.S. recall.