Dog Training – How to Stop a Dog From Digging Using the MUTT Method

Digging is a common behavior problem for a lot of dog owners. If the problem is not fixed, digging can make your yard look like a war zone and become a hazard for anyone walking through. Here I will discuss the MUTT Method to remedy the situation. You can use the MUTT Method for any behavior problem. The acronym stands for the steps you must take to solve the problem: Manage, Underlying, Train and Time.

Manage the behavior. Managing the behavior will not fix the problem, but will prevent the problem from getting worse. Managing the behavior requires the owner to not give the dog the opportunity to dig.

Figure out the underlying reason for the behavior. Every behavior problem has an underlying reason. The main reasons for digging are: frustration, boredom, heat and breed.

Is your dog frustrated because he can see another dog or cat but can not get to it because a fence is preventing it? Is your dog bored hanging out in the backyard all day? Is the dog hot and digging to find a cool spot? Do you have a dog that is part of a full breed terrier? Terriers have a strong need to dig.

Once you figure out the undering problem you can train a new behavior or provide an outlet for your dog. If your dog is digging because of boredom you can give your dog more exercise, bring her to dog daycare or sometimes have a dog walker help out. If your dog is digging because he is hot provide a cool area for him to lie down.

If you have a terrier and feel that your dog really just loves to dig you can build a sandbox and teach her to dig in that area. A sandbox can be built with (4) 6-foot 2×4 pieces of wood and some dirt. Bring your dog to this area every time he starts to dig.

The last T in the MUTT Method is for time. Give it some time for your dog to change the behavior. If you built a sandbox for your dog it will take a little time for him to learn that it is the only space where he can dig.

Source by Eric Letendre

Network Security Across the Enterprise – Stop Gap Measures to Help You Protect Your Network

Network Security Across the Enterprise – Stop Gap Measures to Help You Protect Your Network

Today's business networks consist of numerous remote access connections from employees and outsourcing firms. Too often, the inherent security risks arising from these connections outside the network are overlooked. Continued improvements have been made that can enhance security in today's network infrastructure; taking particular focus on the users accessing the network externally and monitoring access end-points are critical for businesses to protect their digital assets.

Installing the correct software for the specific needs of your IT infrastructure is essential to having the best security protection possible. Many companies install "off the shelf" security software and assume they are protected. Unfortunately, that is not the case due to the nature of today's network threats. Threads are diverse in nature, including the usual spam, spyware, viruses, trojans, worms, and the occasional possibility that a hacker has targeted your servers.

The proper security solution for your organization will neutralize all of these threats to your network. Too often, with only a software package installed, network administrators spend a lot of their time at the perimeter of the network defending its integrity by manually fending off attacks and then manually patching the security breach.

Paying network administrators to defend the integrity of your network is an expensive proposition – much more so than installing the proper security solution that your network requires. Network administrators have many other responsibilities that need their attention. Part of their job is to make your business operate more efficiently – they can not focus on this if they have to manually defend the network infrastructure all the time.

Another threat that must be considered is the threat occurring from within the perimeter, in other words, an employee. Sensitive proprietary information is most often stolen by someone on the payroll. A proper network security solution must guard against these kinds of attacks also. Network administrators certainly have their role in this area by creating security policies and strictly enforcing them.

A smart strategy to give your network the protection it needs against the various security threats is a layered security approach. Layered security is a customized approach to your network's specific requirements utilizing both hardware and software solutions. Once the hardware and software is working simultaneously to protect your company, both are able to instantaneously update their capabilities to handle the latest in security threats.

Security software can be configured to update multiple times a day if the need be; hardware updates typically consist of firmware upgrades and an update wizard much like that present within the software application.

All-in-one Security Suites A multi-pronged strategy should be implemented to combat the multiple sources of security threats in today's corporate networks. Too often, the sources of these threats are overlapping with Trojans arriving in spam or spyware hidden within a software installation. Combating these threats requires the use of firewalls, anti-spyware, malware and anti-spam protection.

Recently, the trend in the software industry has been combined to previously separate security applications into an all-encompassing security suite. Security applications standard on corporate networks are integrating into security suites that focus on a common goal. These security suites contain antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and firewall protection all packaged together in one application. Searching out the best stand-alone applications in each security risk category is still an option, but no longer a necessity.

The all-in-one security suite will save a company money in reduced software purchasing costs and time with the ease of integrated management of the various threat sources.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) A TPM is a standard developed by the Trusted Computing Group defining hardware specifications that generate encryption keys. TPM chips not only guard against intrusion attempts and software attacks but also physical theft of the device containing the chip. TPM chips work as a compliment to user authentication to enhance the authentication process.

Authentication describes all processes involved in determining whether a user granted access to the corporate network is, in fact, who that user claims to be. Authentication is most often gifted through use of a password, but other techniques invve biometrics that uniquely identify a user by identifying a unique trait no other person has such a fingerprint or characteristics of the eye cornea.

Today, TPM chips are often integrated into standard desktop and laptop motherboards. Intel began integrating TPM chips into its motherboards in 2003, as did other motherboard manufactures. Whether or not a motherboard has this chip will be contained within the specifications of that motherboard.

These chips encrypt data on the local level, providing enhanced security at a remote location such as the WiFi hotspot full of innocent looking computer-users who may be bored hackers with malicious intent. Microsoft's Ultimate and Enterprise versions of the Vista Operating System utilize this technology within the BitLocker Drive Encryption feature.

While Vista does provide support for TPM technology, the chips are not dependent upon any platform to function.

TPM has the same functionality on Linux as it does within the Windows operating system. There are even specifications from Trusted Computing Group for mobile devices such as PDAs and cell phones.

To use TPM enhanced security, network users only need to download the security policy to their desktop machine and run a setup wizard that will create a set of encryption keys for that computer. Following these simple steps significantly improves security for the remote computer user.

Admission Based on User Identity Establishing a user's identity depends upon successfully passing the authentication processes. As previously mentioned user authentication can involve much more than a user name and password. Beside the emerging biometrics technology for user authentication, smart cards and security tokens are another method that enhances the user name / password authentication process.

The use of smart cards or security tokens adds a hardware layer requirement to the authentication process. This creates a two-tier security requirement, one a secret password and the other a hardware requirement that the secure system must recognize before granting access.

Tokens and smart cards operate in essentially the same fashion but have a different appearance. Tokens take on the appearance of a flash drive and connection through a USB port while smart cards require special hardware, a smart card reader, that connects to the desktop or laptop computer. Smart cards often take on the appearance of an identification badge and may contain a photo of the employee.

However authentication is verified, once this happens a user should be granted access through a secure virtual network (VLAN) connection. A VLAN establishes connections to the remote user as if that person was a part of the internal network and allows for all VLAN users to be grouped together within distinct security policies.

Remote users connecting through a VLAN should only have access to essential network resources and how those resources can be copied or modified should be carefully monitored.

Specifications established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have resolved in what is known as the secure VLAN (S-VLAN) architecture. Also commonly referred to as tag-based VLAN, the standard is known as 802.1q. It enhances VLAN security by adding an extra tag within media access control (MAC) addresses that identify network adapter hardware within a network. This method will prevent unidentified MAC addresses from accessing the network.

Network Segmentation This concept, working hand-in-hand with VLAN connections, determines what resources a user can access remotely using policy enforcement points (PEPs) to enforce the security policy through the network segments. Furthermore, the VLAN, or S-VLAN, can be treated as a separate segment with its own PEP requirements.

PEP works with a user's authentication to enforce the network security policy. All users connecting to the network must be guaranteed by the PEP that they meet the security policy requirements contained within the PEP. The PEP determines what network resources a user can access, and how these resources can be modified.

The PEP for VLAN connections should be enhanced from what the same user can do with the resources internally. This can be accomplished through network segmentation simply being defining the VLAN connections as a separate segment and enforcing a uniform security policy across that segment. Defining a policy in this manner can also define what internal network segments the client can access from a remote location.

Keeping VLAN connections as a separate segment also isolates security breaches to that segment if one were to occur. This keeps the security break from spreading through the corporate network. Enhancing network security even further, a VLAN segment could be handled by it's own virtualized environment, thus isolating all remote connections within the corporate network.

Centralized Security Policy Management Technology hardware and software targeting the different facets of security threats create multiple software platforms that all must be separately managed. If done incorrectly, this can create a daunting task for network administration and can increase staffing costs due to the increased time requirements to manage the technologies (whether they be hardware and / or software).

Integrated security software suites centralize the security policy by combining all security threats attacks into one application, thus requiring only one management console for administration purposes.

Depending on the type of business you're in a security policy should be used corporate-wide that is all-encompassing for the entire network. Administrators and management can define the security policy separately, but one overriding definition of the policy needs to be maintained so that it is uniform across the corporate network. This ensures there are no other security procedures working against the centralized policy and limiting what the policy was defined to implement.

Not only does a centralized security policy become easier to manage, but it also reduces strain on network resources. Multiple security policies defined by different applications focusing on one security threat can aggregately hog much more bandwidth than a centralized security policy contained within an all-encompassing security suite. With all the threats coming from the Web, ease of management and application is essential to maintaining any corporate security policy.

Frequently asked Questions:

1. I trust my employees. Why should I enhance network security?

Even the most trusted employees can pose a risk of a network security breach. It is important that employees follow established company security standards. Enhancing security will guard against lapsing employees and the occasional disgruntled employee seeking to cause damage to the network.

2. Do these innovations really create a secure environment for remote access?

Yes they do. These enhancements not only greatly enhance a secure VLAN connection but they also use widely accepted standards that are often integrated into common hardware and software. It's there, your company only needs to start using the technology.

3. My company is happy with using separate software, that way way application can focus on a separate security threat. Why should I consider an all-in-one security suite?

Many of the popular software applications commonly used by businesses have expanded their focus to identify all security threats. This includes solutions from both software and hardware appliance technology manufacturers. Many of these firms saw the need to consolidate security early on and purchased smaller software firms to gain that knowledge their firm was lacking. A security suite at the application level, will make management much easier and your IT staff will thank you for it.

4. Do I need to add a hardware requirement to the authentication process?

Requiring the use of security tokens or smart cards should be considered for employees accessing the company network from a remote site. Particularly if that employee needs access to sensitive company information while on the road, a simple flash drive secure token requires a thief from accessing that sensitive data on a stolen laptop.

5. With all this concern about WiFi hotspots should employees be required not to use these locations to connect to the company network?

WiFi hotspots have sprung up nationwide and present the easiest method for your remote employees to access the Internet. Unfortunately, hotspots can also be full of bored, unemployed hackers who have nothing better to do than find a way to intercept a busy employee's transmissions at the next table. That's not to say employees on the road should avoid hotspots. That would severely limit them from accessing the network at all. With technologies like S-VLAN and secure authentication in place, a business can implement technologies to reduce threats both now and in the future.

Implementing the latest network security technologies is a high priority for IT Management. In today's network environment with many users accessing your digital assets remotely, it's critical to get your network security correct during the planning phase of the integration process.

Obviously, it should be noted that most large companies have multiple operating systems running (Windows, Mac O / S, etc) and that for many of these companies all-in-one security suites face certain challenges in a mixed operating system environment.

That is why I stress that you consider having layered security (both hardware and software) and do not simply rely on software applications to protect your digital assets. As technology changes so do the opportunities for security breaches.

As these security threats become more sophisticated, hardware and software developers will continue to innovate and it's essential businesses keep up with, and implement these technologies.

Source by Michael G Perry

Stop the Bullying and Help Children Develop Lasting Friendships

Stop the Bullying and Help Children Develop Lasting Friendships

In one of the episodes of the hit TV show "America's Next Top Model", a task assigned to the models was to write words on their bodies which they were teased with as a kid. Words like zebra, bucktooth, skinny and other hurtful names were written on the bodies of the models as they were being photographed. Ironically, the women who used to be called these words are now contestants of a popular modeling tilt on TV.

During the interviews, the now adult women still have a vivid recollection of how they were teased with these words as a kid, and this is what bullying is all about. Without proper guidance, the hurtful words or actions done by one child to another may have dire effects as they grow old. Fortunately for the contestants of ANTM, they were able to get through the hurdle and make something of themselves. But what if the opposite happened and the bullying caused some real emotional damage to a person?

As a parent, this is something that you can swiftly prevent. In the following section, we will have an all-in-one guide on what can be done about bullying. As a bonus, we'll even throw in a few tips on how you can help kids – especially young girls – to develop meaningful and lasting friendships, as well as how their self-confidence can be given a boost.

An All-in-One Guide for Parents

Parents may think that they can shield their kids from all the harsh things in the world. But once your kid starts going to school and growing more independent, you can only do so much. This is precisely the reason why it pays to be vigilant. In issues like bullying, developing friendships and self-confidence, here are the things that you need to remember:

• Spot the first signs of bullying and prevent the situation from worsening.
It is a parent's primary responsibility to ensure that a kid is not being bullied. If you have a daughter, for example, who you used to be so bubbly but is now reticent and barely getting out of her room, it could be a sign of bullying. A decline in academic performance, a sour attitude when going to school, anxiety, and even odd little things like a missing lunchbox or a tattered skirt – all these can be signs of bullying.

Once you spot the early signs of bullying, it is a must to have a talk with your child – then with a school administrator. Together with a school teacher or a guidance counselor, you can put a stop to the bullying and hopefully reverse whatever effects it brought about to your child's emotional state.

• Help your child develop lasting friendships.
If you're fortunately enough not to have a kid who experienced bullying, what does her friendships look like? Another thing that you need to work on as a parent if you want to have a child who's well-rounded is to encourage her to develop lasting friendships. One way to do this is to organize sleepovers, movie nights, baking sessions or similar activities in your own home to get your daughter to have some bonding moments with her friends.

• Give your kid's self-confidence a big boost.
Finally, a huge issue among young girls is a lack of self-confidence. No matter how beautiful she looks to you as a parent, she may not need to feel the same way about herself. By giving her some encouraging words and stressing to her the importance of beauty from the inside, you can give your daughter the self-confidence that she needs.

Source by Mabelle Sese

11 Reasons Why Dogs Bark and How You Can Stop Dog Barking

11 Reasons Why Dogs Bark and How You Can Stop Dog Barking

It is as natural for a dog to bark as it is for a kid to talk. So we should not expect a dog never to bark. However if the barking has become too excessive to the point of irritating the neighbours, you have to either move the dog away from build-up areas, confine it to a sound proof room or train the dog to stop barking. To stop the dog from barking, we have to first understand the cause of the problem.

REASONS FOR DOG BARKING

Let us explore the reasons for dog barking:

#1. Communication

Barking is a form of communication. If you listen closely there are different tones and different types of barking.

#2. Intrusion

Dogs are territorial and protective against any intruders. A guard dog’s duty is to guard the property. Naturally it will bark to alert you to possible intruders when it sense any intrusion by people or dogs. The closer the threat, the louder the barking. When the dog is aggressive, it takes on a threatening posture, with a high tail and ears up and forward.

#3. Spirits

Some people say that animals are sensitive to the presence of unseen spirits or ghosts.

#4. Reaction to Noise

Some dogs bark when car drives by, when the doorbell rings, or when the neigbour’s dog bark.

#5. Attention

Dogs bark because they want attention. They want something.Maybe they are hungry or thirsty. They want to go outside to play. They wants a treat.

#6. Boredom

Dogs can be frustrated if they are confined to the same place for a long period of time, or they have been left outside day and night. Dogs are pack dog and do not like to be left alone for long period. If they become bored or sad, they will bark.

#7. Fear

They bark when they are afraid, be it objects, people, places, other animals, or loud noise such as thunder and fireworks. How do you tell if the dog is afraid? The ears are back and the tails are held low.

#8. Excitement

Dogs can be playful and excited when greeting people or other animals. It’s usually a happy bark, accompanied with tail wags and sometimes jumping.

#9. Health Problem

We should not discount that barking can be cause by deafness because it cannot hear itself barking. It could be due to age related dementia.

#10. Separation Anxiety

Dogs when left alone can suffer from separation anxiety. They exhibit symptoms such as pacing, depression and destruction.

#11. Compulsive barking

Compulsive barkers bark just to hear the sound of their voices. They also often make repetitive movements as well such as running in circles.

HOW TO STOP DOG BARKING

It is a natural instinct for a dog to bark and we should not suppress this instinct.

The dog must be taught when to bark and when not to bark. When the dog bark for a good reason, for example someone is at the door or entering your territory, praise the dog. When you let the guest enter your house, you give the dog a command to stop barking.

Put your finger to your lips and give the command “Quiet” in a calm and firm voice.

Train your dog to understand the word ‘Quiet’.

However, if the dog barks at the wrong time or for the wrong reason, then we should not let this problem continue. A dog barking become unwelcome when the dog will not stop barking and such incessant barking disturb the neighbours especially in build up areas.

To solve the problem, find out what is the cause of the problem.

If the barking is due to boredom then bring the dog out for a work every day. Play with it for at least an hour a day. If the barking is for the attention, then give it sufficient attention by spending time with it. A dog is not a toy to be left alone; it is a living animal with feelings and need affection and interaction. Spend time by taking it for a long walk or run. Play ball. Take a trip to the dog park. When the dog is tired, it will be quiet.

Do send the dog to a vet for a checkup as some medical problems can cause excessive barking. These problem can range from dementia, brain disease, pain, to senility.

There are a few methods to solve a dog barking problem.

Someone suggested a beans-in-a-tin solution. Put beans in a tin and seal it. When the dog is barking, shake the tin vigorously near the dog and say ‘No’ firmly.

As soon as the dog stops barking, praise him.

If you want the fast and effective way of stopping the dog from barking, let Harry Quek show you the Koehler method in his personal dog training program.

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Source by Harry Quek

Tips to Stop Dog Barking

One of the frustrating things about owning a dog is that they bark so much. In fact barking and toilet training are the two main reasons that many people join a puppy obedience school.

But it is not just puppies that bark, grown dogs do it to, so this article will show you how you can stop your dog barking and start to get some peace and quiet again.

Before I spill the tips because you need to know that it's natural for a dog to want to bark. It's their way of talking and just like you can not stop a human from talking, you can not stop a dog barking altogether. However you can control their barking and reduce the amount of time's they do it.

Tip # 1 – Voice Command

You need to have a consistent voice command that will tell your dog that they now have to be quiet. "Stop Barking" is perfectly acceptable and you can use it whenever they are barking out of control. Keep your voice firm and even and when your dog stops, reward them with either a hug or a doggie treat. Positive reinforcement is the most powerful training method you have.

Very soon they'll begin to understand that they must be quiet when you issue your command and stop barking.

Tip # 2 – Distraction

If you dog is barking out of boredom or lack of attention then you either need to spend more time playing and being with your dog or provide toys or activities that will keep him entertained.

You can even hire puppy sitters these days who will come and play with your dog and take them for a walk for a few hours a day while you are at work. Chew toys and pull routes are also great toys to keep them entertained during the day.

Source by Jillian Mackay

How to Stop Your Puppy From Biting

Why do puppies bite?

Dog owners have been trying to stop puppies from biting without knowing why puppies bite in the first place. By understanding why your puppy bites is the first step in training him not to bite.

The main reason why puppies bite is as a result of Puppy Teething.

Puppies' jaws are weak and as a result of new teeth they gnaw, mouth and even play-bite to sooth the gums around the teeth. This combination of weak jaws with extremely sharp, needle-like teeth, can result in numerous play-bites which, although painful, seldom cause serious harm. The developing pup, therefore, receives ample feedback regarding the force of its bites before it develops strong jaws – which could possibly consider injury. The greater the pup's opportunity to play-bite with people, other dogs and other animals, the better the dog's bite inhibitory as an adult.

Puppy Socialization

Proper puppy socialization is important when teaching your dog bite inhibition. Your puppy is a blank slate and needs to be taught proper behavior around humans and other animals. Once she is taught proper behavior, it will carry into adulthood.

For puppies that do not grow up with the benefit of regular and frequent interaction with
other dogs and other animals, the responsibility of teaching bite inhibitory lies with the
owner. All puppies love to play by being mouthy and biting or chewing anything they can get their sharp little teeth into. These sharp teeth are the reason that it is crucial for puppies to learn bite inhibiting (controlling the force of their bite) during the first few months of life. Normally this is learned naturally and effectively through contact with mom and other litters. If the puppy bites mom during nursing, mom can roll the puppy over to correct it or just get up and walk away. Most young puppies do not aggressively bite. If you have an aggressive puppy, you should give very serious consideration about keeping such a dog. Puppy aggression may lead to dangerous behavior as an adult dog if not properly handled.

Next the owner must realize that the puppy does not know how to act around the humans.The puppy has not had much life experience outside of its interactions with its canine family. Proper socialization techniques are critical at this stage of your puppy's development. You can learn these puppy socialization techniques in "Dog Bite Prevention", which is part of our Puppy Health & Training Package.

How to Train a puppy to stop biting:

The first and best way to start teaching your puppy to stop its biting is to do what his litters would have done were they in the same position. Puppies usually learn bite inhibitions from their mothers and litters. When a puppy bites its littermates, they will yelp and go away. This same method can be applied by you. As soon as your puppy starts to bite, you should give a loud, yelping OUCH! Glare at the pup, get up and move away. This way you can start ignoring behaviors you do not like. Be persistent with this method and advise your family to do the same.

If your pup does not change then you can start applying the '' Time Out '' method. You just leave the room or take him into his crate.

Another way to use this method is this; when your puppy bites, say "no" and gently hold its mouth shut. This will teach him to keep his mouth shut. Since the puppy is a social creature, saying no, yelping, holding his mouth or walking away will teach him that he will lose his playmate. An important fact about the above two methods is to maintain eye contact with your pup when saying "no" and also watching the tone of your voice. Your tone should be in the form of a command, sharp and to the point. Emitting a growling tone will convey the message in his language.

Your duty as a puppy owner is to plan a response to active puppy teeth that will soften the impact on you and your possessions. The best way to do this is to provide your pup with better chewing alternatives instead of your fingers and limbs. You can buy toys like hard rubber balls, sterilized or nylon bones and knotted ropes from pet supply stores.
In a low voice you can say "no" then remove her into a neutral area where you can give her any of the above stated toys or others to play with.

Praising your puppy whenever she behaves well is one of the best ways to teach her what's right. She will certainly want to continue getting the visa. So when she plays nicely and appropriately, praise the action.

Another method is teaching the "off" command.

You get a puppy's dry food. Hold a handy and close your hand with it then say "off."
Note what will happen. After a few seconds, if your puppy has not touched your hand, say "take it" and give him a piece of food. The lesson you are teaching him here is that "off" "means not to touch.

It is important to give your puppy daily exercise and give him enough playtime. It is advisable to have a specific daily playing time. Your puppy will always look forward to this period and will be less likely to seek attention at any time, thus limiting his biting behavior. Also you will be distracting his attention from biting by teaching him new tricks and taking him for a walk. You will be establishing a great bond with him doing this as well.
Teach all your family members not to play any rough games like tug-of-war or wrestling which may encourage aggressive behavior like biting. Also teach them to be consistent with the "no biting" rule. With everyone working together, you will achieve a well-behaved, well-adjusted puppy and, extremely, adult dog.

Source by Russ Richer

How Do I Stop My Puppy Barking

How Do I Stop My Puppy Barking

In this short article I am going to outline a few simple ways to help you stop your puppy barking.

The first thing you should realize is that barking is your puppy's main form of communication. You will eventually learn his "bathroom bark" from him "bored bark" and his "hungry bark." When your puppy barks at you, do not immediately reprimand him. Stop and figure out what your puppy wants, since most dogs do not bark without good reason. When you determine the reason for your puppy's barking, fix the situation so he will stop. For example, if Fido needs water and gives you his "thirsty bark," go fill his water bowl. If he still insists on barking and has no other needs, give your command in a firm voice ("no" and "stop" are not acceptable commands "try" quiet "instead).

When your puppy stops barking, reward him with praise and a treat. If your puppy refuses to stop barking, try alternative measures, such as squirting him with water from a spray bottle. This will shock him and stop your puppy barking.

Do not forget to use your command and praise him once he stops barking. Another method is to use a tin can filled with pebbles, coins, or anything else that will elicit a loud sound. This sudden noise will startle your puppy and cause him to stop barking. It is not appropriate to yell or hit your puppy when he is barking. Remember, dogs bark for a reason. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to identify the reason why your puppy is barking and do your best to fix the situation. If you receive notice from your neighbors that you puppy barks all day while you are away, he is probably lonely or bored. Try arranging a way for you to come home on your break to play with him and take him outside or arrange a friend, family member, or pet service to visit your pup.

So remember, it is not difficult to stop your puppy barking at all. You just need a bit of time and TLC.

Source by Steve G Parker

How Do We Stop Our Classic Car Hobby Dying Off?

How Do We Stop Our Classic Car Hobby Dying Off?

Long term this classic car industry of ours is in danger of dying out for a number of reasons. Firstly the youth of today do not generally think of cars from the 1950s, 60s and 70s as classics. They just think of them as old cars, much as I thought of pre-war cars as I was growing up. My own personal definition of a 'classic car' is the ones that were around when you were growing up and aspired to drive and own. Growing up in the 1960s and starting to drive in the 1970s that puts 60s and 70s cars squarely in my sights. Anyone growing up in the 1980s and 1990s will have a different mind-set.

Many classic car clubs are suffering from falling numbers as their membership is literally dying off and youngsters are not joining to fill the gaps. A few clubs are working to try and reverse the pattern. The TR Register (of which I am a member) have a 'Yoof Group' and at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November 2014 I was pleased to see the 'Young Members Register of the Morris Minor Owners Club'.

Fortunately Morris Minors, some Triumphs: Spitfires and TR7, and Classic Minis are still reliably cheap in classic car terms and make good starter classics. Once hooked, hopefully the owners will graduate to more expensive Triumphs and other more expensive marques. That is assuming they can get insurance as insurers are very biased again drivers from 17 to 25 (particularly male males) as they are liable for a disproportionate number of road accidents. According to an AA report in England 37% of drivers have had a crash by the age of 23!

I can not see the Jaguar Drivers' Club or Aston Martin Owners Club ever having a youth section for a number of reasons: primarily old age and prejudice of existing members but also the escalating costs of Jaguars and Astons and the insurance issue.

We do our bit to spread the word about classic cars and about 10% of our hire customers are doing a 'Try Before You Buy' – making sure the car of their choice lives up to their dreams – before going out to buy one. At the 2014 Classic Motor Show at the NEC we had 4 people come up to us on our stand and talk about the cars they had bought after hiring out one of our cars as a test. However even we can not fix the insurance issue as our own insurers have set a lower age limit of 25 for all our customers.

Assuming the clubs can can crack the 'Yoof' problem and encourage more people into our hobby this still leaves us with another problem which if we do not crack soon, will leave us with a huge problem in years to come.

If you want someone to program your home video or smart TV, you'll probably ask your kids to do it. If you want your website updated, or lessons on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you head to the spotty youth or the 20-something guru. If you want your classic car fixing, you look for a silver haired mechanic who can tell what is wrong with your engine by listening to it and can balance twin or triple carbs by ear. Sadly by the nature of life itself these silver haired mechanisms are literally dying off with very little sign of school leavers coming into the industry to learn their skills and replace them.

Youngsters do not see manufacturing or serving cars as cool jobs and most of them do not have the patience to watch an entire TV program without looking at Facebook on their iPhones, let alone complete a 2 or 3 year apprenticeship in an industry they perceive as dirty and underpaid.

However we do now have some heavyweights looking at fixing this problem (in the UK at least). The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) , which represents most UK clubs, has put together an approved apprenticeship training program in Historic Vehicle Restoration. The FBHVC believe there is a need to train 1,000 people over the next five years. There are two fairly local (30 miles way) organizations involved in this which should help – Bicester College and Bicester Heritage . I think it is Bicester Heritage that have the vision and drive to make some of this happen.

Anyone owning classic cars in the UK knows that the classic car movement owes a lot to Hitler, or rather to the RAF in their fight to defeat Hitler. Silverstone was a WWII airfield and its runways and perimeter road provided the ideal infra-structure to start racing after the war. The same goes for many other circuits around the country like Castle Coombe and Goodwood. Bicester used to have an RAF base, whose origins date back to 1916 and the fledgling Royal Flying Corps which morphed into the RAF in 1918. This great expansion in the 1930s and was used as a bomber base in WWII. The base is now augmented to the RAF's requirements and came onto the market for re-development. While part of the site is being used for housing, many of the 1930s buildings are 'listed' and not allowed to be demolished.

With incredible foresight a group of people have bought the 348 acre site, complete with runways and buildings. Their plan is to develop it as a center for the maintenance and restoration of classic aeroplanes, motorbikes and classic cars. This is a non-trivial task as first they had to restore many of the buildings to a state where they could be used, but keeping the 1930s 'listed' fabric and style of the buildings intact. The authenticity of the buildings can be attested to by their use in the film 'The Imitation Game' starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.

Bicester Heritage already houses the following:

  • Bicester Gliding Center
  • A shot blasting company – BMP Blasters – who can strip anything from the hangar doors to a Bugatti chassis.
  • A classic car storage company – Historit – occupying 50,000 square feet of a bomber hangar.
  • Kingsbury Racing Shop which specializes in racing and restoring four and a half liter Bentleys.
  • A young vehicle upholsterer who runs a 1910 Overland veteran car and is so well known that he does not need to advertise and has a waiting list of customers.
  • Robert Glover – selling pre-war cars and cars from the 1940s to 1960s.

As more buildings are re-furbished through 2015/16 more companies will join these at Bicester Heritage with 12 more tenants due before the end of the first quarter.

I think a combination of Bicester Heritage providing a base for a cluster of companies in our industry, together with Bicester College and the apprenticeship program from the FBHVC, are a beacon for the classic car industry. While I can not see 1,000 apprentices coming over the horizon, I can see a reasonable number of people learning new skills, working in a unique environment, learning a good living for the future from classic car owners with enough disposable income to make it all worthwhile.

On a less serious note, it is nice to know that even in the dark days of the 1930s, with Britain preparing for war, the RAF had a sense of humor. Being a military installation all the buildings have numbers with the offices for Bicester Heritage in the Guard House – building 89.

The planners decided that the toilet block should be building 100 !

Source by Tony Merrygold

26 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Porn / Masturbating

26 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Porn / Masturbating

Porn may have been the greatest thing you ever discovered when you were 12 and found a Playboy under your dad's bed, but can it be true that actually effecting you? Porn and Masturbation have had their time and place, but now I will give you reasons on why they need to go.

1. Porn / Masturbation drains your energy.

After you ejaculate, you lose many vitamins including vitamin C, calcium, chlorine, cholesterol, citric acid, creatine, fructose, lactic acid, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vitamin B12, and zinc. When you masturbate frequently, it can deplete much of these sources and make you feel drained.

2. Giving up Porn / Masturbation can make you stronger.

When you are not regularly masturbating, the vitamins you retain in your body can give you a sense of strength and well-being.

3. Porn / Masturbation can lead to erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.

According to addiction. com, too much pornography can re-wire your body to react primarily to porn, so when you have a real partner in front of you, your body will not react how it is supposedly to.

4. Porn can make your brain desensitized to real sex.

As stated in the previous example, porn can confuse your brain and cause you to not enjoy real sex as much.

5. Porn / Masturbation can kill your motivation.

Too much porn / masturbation can lead to feelings of tiredness and lack of motivation. When addicted to pornography and ejaculation, it sometimes kills motivation to go out and strive for things you really desire.

6. Porn / Masturbation can get you addicted to "instant gratification".

Porn / Masturbation, like many other habits in life, are a form of instant gratification. If you build the habit of frequent porn / masturbation, you are 3x more likely to eat unhealthy and stay up later binge watching television, which can all lead to being very unhealthy habits.

7. Porn / Masturbation can take away from other amazing experiences.

Porn and Masturbation can leave you thinking about sex all the time, even at unwanted times. Instead of enjoying a sunset or having an enjoyable dinner, your mind can be flooded with sexual thoughts, rendering you unable to fully enjoy the moment you are trying to experience.

8. Porn / Masturbation can make you creepy.

With so many varieties of porn out nowdays, porn viewers are subject to watching things that would never usually happen in healthy sexual encounters. When you view material like this it gets subconsciously planted in your brain, and you think of it through the day. When you think about sex so much, it can affect how you interact and may even make you look creepy.

9. Porn / Masturbation can make you look lifeless.

As per reports from a group of individuals who decided to quit pornography and masturbation over at reddit.com/r/nofap, users report when quitting porn / masturbation they are not more color in their eyes, dark spots around their eyes disappearing, more color in their skin, and even the reduction / elimination of acne.

10. Porn / Masturbation lowers your testosterone.

According to an article at examine. com testosterone levels were higher when abstinent for 3 weeks compared to ejaculating regularly.

11. Giving up porn / masturbation can give you boosts of energy.

Anyone seeking because they have no energy, but can not seem to find a cure – try being abstinent for a month. People who abstain report significantly higher levels of energy when giving up porn / masturbation.

12. Giving up porn / masturbation can get you a girlfriend / boyfriend.

If you decide not to ejaculate from porn / masturbation, your body will start seeking out other ways to satisfies it's desire, either through wet dreams or seeking out a mutual partner. People who give up porn / masturbation report the opposite sex noticing them more.

13. Giving up porn / masturbation can make you more productive.

With the newfound energy from quitting, people have reported using their time to pursue more productive ventures.

14. Giving up porn / masturbation can save your marriage.

If you are married and decided to give up porn and masturbation, throwing away other sources of sexual pleasure usually lead to giving more attention to your significant other. Users on reddit.com/r/nofap have reported quitting porn / masturbation to have "saved their marriage".

15. Giving up porn / masturbation can make you more self-disciplined.

Quitting this habit takes self-control, and when you quit you may notice yourself having self-discipline in other areas as well.

16. Giving up porn / masturbation can make you different from every other guy / girl.

They say around 95% of men masturbate regularly, and when you quit, it may give you a mental and physical "edge" over other men or women.

17. Porn / Masturbation can give you social anxiety / depression.

Abstainers have reported after quitting porn / masturbation their social anxiety and / or depression was greatly reduced or vanished. The science behind this is unclear, but it may be from unconscious social fears of feeling like you are hiding something.

18. Giving up porn / masturbation frees up your time.

When you give up porn / masturbation, you will have more free time to pursue other ventures.

19. Giving up porn / Masturbation can make you feel better spiritually (if you're into that)

In many religions, sexual immorality or pornography is viewed as a sin, and quitting them will lead you to feeling closer to your spiritual goals.

20. Porn / Masturbation can give you an unrealistic view of how women want to be treated.

Many times pornography consumption starts at an early age, and before learning how to truly interact with other women, they are rather being trained by pornography videos where the women are clearly mistreated. Kids can grow up believing that women should be treated like sex objects instead of people.

21. Quitting Porn / Masturbation has led to feelings of wholeness.

Abstainers report feeling more whole as a person when quitting porn / masturbation.

22. Quitting Porn / Masturbation can improve your sex life.

After quitting porn / masturbation, your sex life may improve from you being more present with your significant other.

23. Quitting Porn / Masturbation can make you more likable.

People that have quit porn / masturbation report being more sociable and having others come and socialize with them more often then when they were using porn / masturbation.

24. Quitting Porn / Masturbation can give you more confidence.

Without the feeling of hiding anything sexually and the build-up of extra protein / vitamins in your body, people have reported feeling more confident after quitting porn and masturbation.

25. Quitting Porn / Masturbation can make you feel more.

Others that have quit porn / masturbation report feeling more emotions after quitting.

26. Porn / Masturbation can mess with your reward circuitry.

Porn and Masturbation can mess with your reward circuitry, teaching your brain that sex is just a mouse-click away.

These are just a few of the effects of porn / masturbation.

Source by Connor Burns

How To Stop Cat Fights When Introducing A New Cat To Your Home

How To Stop Cat Fights When Introducing A New Cat To Your Home

Bringing home a new cat to provide your kitty with some companionship and a playmate may seem to be a very good idea, but it can be fraught with difficulties. The older (or original cat) may be very resentful of this new interloper, invading his territory and will defend it. The result can be vicious cat fights, which, if one of the cats is younger, smaller or more vulnerable can end up in a trip to the vets or worse! However, it does not have to be like this. By taking a few precautionary steps, you can keep accommodations to a minimum. It is only natural that there may be some initial hissing and growing, but you do not want any resentment to progress further than that. The key to success lies in the slow introduction of the new cat. Give them time to get to know one another by using the following steps:

  • Rub the cats down with the same towel to transfer their scents to each other.
  • Make the cats smell similar by rubbing powder into their fur.
  • Put the new cat in a bathroom or bedroom for a few days away from the older cat. Feed the older cat by the door of the new kitty's room so that the two cats can smell each other and basically eat side by side but with a door separating them!
  • Take some time to put the older cat into the new cat's room and allow the new arrival out to explore the rest of its new home in safety. This gives her a chance to find a hiding place if she wants and to learn the smell of the older cat. The older cat meanwhile will be becoming accustomed to the new cat's smell, too. Then return the animals to their original places, leaving the door slightly open for a few hours so the cats can see each other. Repeat this process over the next few days.

This gentle, slow introduction should help prevent a face to face cat fight. There may still be romps and occasional actions of aggression but by introducing them to each other slowly, they should learn to tolerate each other and cohabit peacefully.

Source by Tricia Craggs