Realty One Group - August 2018

Become a ‘Dog Whisperer’

Train as a Pack for Better Results

Your whole family adores your dog — but not the barking. This issue can lead to feelings of frustration, and the more frustrated you get, the more your dog barks. It’s their only way of communicating, and they’re telling you, “My needs are not being met.” As Cesar Millan, the original “dog whisperer,” explains, “A barking dog needs exercise, discipline, and affection, in that order.” energy. According to the humane society, “A tired dog is a good dog and one who is less likely to bark from boredom or frustration.” If you already take your pup on a morning walk, try adding in an evening walk. You could add it to your child’s chore list and help get out some of the kid’s pent-up energy, too. It may also be beneficial to practice obedience exercises and games that challenge your dog. DISCIPLINE To put a stop to the behavior, you’ll first need to change any of your behavior that’s reinforcing it. Any EXERCISE Part of the barking issue may be due to pent-up

attention your dog gets when he’s barking — even yelling, “Rover, stop!” — teaches him to keep going, because you’re rewarding him with attention. Wait until your dog has stopped barking to give him any sort of attention, including looking at them. “To be successful with this method, you must wait as long as it takes for him to stop barking,” advises the Humane Society.

AFFECTION Of course, your dog needs love and attention to thrive — a lack of it could contribute to barking behavior. Reinforce silence by giving your dog a treat and an encouraging pat when

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she demonstrates good behavior, like not barking. “Our pups want to work for our attention,” Cesar Millan reminds us. “Allowing her to do that and to see your happiness is, to your dog, the biggest reward of all.” To make your training program successful, consistency is key. Enlist the help of the whole family to stick to the principles. Together, you can foster a calm, peaceful home where you and your dog happily coexist.

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3 Transactions and Several Referrals Later, We Swear by Joel

Buying a home is supposed to be a complicated process, but thanks to the professionalism of Joel and his team at Realty ONE Group Professionals, our experience was about as painless as one could hope. Having worked with Joel on two previous transactions, we knew we’d be getting high-quality service and immaculate attention to detail, but sometimes the closer you get to people, the more you worry about them letting off the gas a little. I’ve known Joel for 10 years, and I can honestly say his processes and communication have never ceased to provide unparalleled service. After weighing all our options against our homeownership goals, we decided the best path to take was to build a new house. New construction is an entirely different process than buying an already existing home. There are a lot of details you wouldn’t usually think about. What direction do you want your house to face? What trim pieces do you want on the interior? How big of a patio do you want? The freedom to choose was wonderful, but it left the door open for a lot of decisions we didn’t know how to approach. Luckily, Joel was a fantastic resource for us. Any answers he couldn’t provide (which were very few), he had a mental Rolodex of contacts he could put us in touch with to help solve our problems.

I think the best barometer of someone in the sales industry is whether or not you’d recommend them to someone close to you. Without a doubt, I would recommend Joel and his team to friends, family, and anyone I know. Real estate can provide a lot of different options, and not every one of them has a client-centered focus. Joel is a man of high integrity and is always very proactive in how he approaches every step of the process. I hope everyone has the chance to work with him and receive the care my family and I have.

– Chris Poluhoff

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