Alex & Saavedra - June 2018

There’s no doubt about it: Dogs are man’s best friend. They provide affection, an outlet for compassion, and serve as vital glue to the structure of many families. Unfortunately, there are situations where a dog is not the personification of love. We deal with dog-bite victims all the time, and the one common denominator we find in these cases is that they could’ve been prevented. While these three suggestions are not guaranteed to limit dog bites completely, they will help instill some proper behavioral practices for your furry friend. STRUCTURE AND BOUNDARIES Dogs are creatures of conditioning. They respond to the ways they are trained and the boundaries they are given. Too often, a dog is blamed for bad behavior because of their breed or “natural tendencies” when, in actuality, they haven’t been given the appropriate structure. Creating a system of distinct limitations with your dog will prevent it from running rampant at a dog park or being disobedient on a walk. POSITIVE AFFIRMATION The days of smacking your dog on the nose with a newspaper to train them are long gone. The truth is that dogs crave your positive affirmation. They want to know they are loved and that what they are doing is following your wishes. Dogs are pleasers. If you’re trying to teach a dog a trick, or proper behavior, the best way to do it is to praise the good things they do. It may require a little Business cards don’t have the same presence they once did. These little pieces of card stock were once a vital part of professional networking, but they’ve become more of a niche item these days. So, should we consider the business card dead? Not so fast! There was a time when it seemed that the business card was legitimately on its way out and social media was poised to take over as the business-connection solution. While some websites, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, have become popular networking tools, they certainly haven’t rendered the business card obsolete. The business card provides a snapshot of your business to someone you may want to work with in the future. It’s an easy way to instantly hand someone your contact info — no fumbling around to find your smartphone or a relevant app. And that person will have a physical reminder of your name. But in 2018, your business card can’t be boring if you want to catch someone’s attention. It needs to convey key information in a simple, professional way while also standing out. That’s no easy task. Here are a few things to keep in mind when designing a business card: Are Business Cards Still Relevant? IS YOUR FURRY FRIEND TRAINED FOR PEOPLE? Tips for Keeping Your Dog Out of Trouble

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CADENCE Tone, inflection, and emotion are all ways you communicate with your dog, even if you don’t know it. A firm but loving cadence is a meaningful way to develop a nonverbal connection with your dog. They feed off the sound of your voice and respond to each intricacy. It’s important to vary your cadence so your pup knows when it’s being loved and when it’s being asked to obey. These are just a few simple guidelines to help your dog have a healthy and happy relationship with people. For more information, we encourage you to contact your local dog trainer. We know of a couple of great options, so if you’re drawing a blank, reach out to us today.

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HAVE PURPOSE . Before you order cards, decide how you will use them. Don’t invest in cards that are going to sit in a desk drawer for the next five years. KEEP THE DESIGN CLEAN . The idea is to capture the attention of the recipient, not overwhelm them. If the information on your card isn’t clear, the card is useless. Only say what is necessary — name, profession, contact info, and a brief description of the service you provide — and leave it at that. LET YOUR CREATIVITY SHINE . When you hand someone a well- designed business card — one that goes beyond a boring white rectangle — they keep it. Let your card reflect you and your business. Don’t be afraid to step out of the 2-by-3.5-inch box. Need inspiration? Head over to YouTube and search “Tim’s Novelty Business Cards” or go directly to youtube.com/watch?v=r4IDLvwgDbU. You’ll be inspired in no time!

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